Summer is finally here!  Please note the Conference Office operates on summer hours for the month of July and August.

The announcements for this week include:

  1. Condolences – Lawrence Cole
  2. Under 33? Interested in a global church experience?
  3. UCW Day at Berwick Camp – August 3
  4. Peace and Friendship Gathering “JIKSITUI” 2016
  5. Aitken Scholar Event
  6. GOOD GRIEF: Healthy Approaches to Grief with Young People
  7. VCM 2016 – EMBODY: Experience. Pray. Learn.
  8. Affirm United Conference – July 22-24

1. Condolences – Lawrence Cole

Our condolences are extended to the Rev. Tony Cole and his family on the death of his father, the late Lawrence Cole. He passed away on Monday,  June 20th in Carbonear, Newfoundland. He was 74 years old. The funeral will take place on Friday, June 24th at the United Church in Victoria, Newfoundland.

2. Under 33?  Interested in a global church experience?

One of our UCC partner organizations, CANACOM (Caribbean and North America Council for Mission), is looking for a young adult representative.  An amazing opportunity to meet people from different Reformed churches around the world!

If interested read the expectations carefully  and note that the application is due by July 8th.  Click on the links below for the job description and application:

CANACOM Regional Young Adult Representative Job Description
CANACOM Regional Young Adult Representative Application

For more information about CANACOM visit their website

3. UCW Day at Berwick Camp – August 3

Join us for UCW Day at Berwick United Church Camp Aug. 3, 2016 at 2:00 PM.

L’Arch  “Home fires”  Wolville will present the program for the afternoon.  They will present a history of their organization, a picture of their present day work and show articles made by participants.

Tea, coffee and cookies, fellowship will follow at the UCW Cottage.

4. Peace and Friendship Gathering “JIKSITUI” 2016

Aug 16 – Aug 19, 2016 Tue 12:00 PM – Fri 2:00 PM

This year’s theme “JIKSITUI” is a Mi’kmaq word that can be interpreted as “Listen to Me” we will be using this word in the context “Listen to the Spirits of our people”.

This gathering is a four-day opportunity to gain knowledge around Aboriginal spirituality and traditional practices. Led by a group of recognized and experienced elders and ceremonial leaders everything happens in the context of the ceremony on the first day and closes in the same way at the end of the fourth. Throughout the gathering, from time to time, there will be smudging with sacred plants. A sweat lodge will be available for anyone who wishes to participate. Participation in any of these ceremonies is voluntary.

The Gathering will start at 12 pm on Tuesday August 16 until 2pm on Friday August 19. It is hoped that most participants will be able to stay for all four days, but people are free to come for a day only.

The cost for the entire 4 days is $390 including all meals and shared overnight accommodations.  The day rate without an overnight stay is $95.
Please register at least two weeks in advance to secure your spot in this gathering!

There are bursaries available for seniors 55+. Click here for the bursary application. Other financial support may be available through sponsors such as church, union, organization, etc.

5. Aitken Scholar Event

Making Truth Claims in a Post Everything World – Dare we?

Presented by AST and Pine Hill Divinity Hall

July 6, 2016 at 7 p.m.
AST’s St. Columba Chapel
634 Francklyn Street
Halifax, NS

Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Russell Daye, Aitken Scholar 2016

Free and open to the public. All are welcome!

For more details click here

6. GOOD GRIEF: Healthy Approaches to Grief with Young People

Please share the news about this wonderful opportunity for youth and young adult leaders!  Sponsored by the Diploma in Youth Ministry at AST this workshop seeks to offer invaluable grief training to those who support vulnerable youth in our communities. Sue Smiley is a particularly gifted leader and this is an opportunity not to be missed! Click here for poster.

A special reduced registration fee is now available.  For more information, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Robyn Brown-Hewitt
Diploma in Youth Ministry
Atlantic School of Theology
(902) 423-1314


7. VCM 2016 – EMBODY: Experience. Pray. Learn.

Registration is open for Vital Church Maritimes 2016 conference. See:

This third annual event explores Fresh Expressions of church and other healthy approaches to building Christian community. It is open to anyone, lay and clergy leaders from any denomination. This year from September 29 to October 1, we gather in the beautiful coastal community of Western Shore.

Parishes are encouraged to send a team and to spend time focusing on their particular church’s opportunities. Discuss, dream and design ways to create vital congregations and reach out to newcomers. It is highly recommended that participants stay for the entire event to gain the most benefit from the teaching. The conference registration cost includes refreshments, some meals and materials:

  • $140 Early Bird registration (before August 29)
  • $150 for entire conference
  • $125 for entire conference for students
  • $50 for one day

Keynote speaker: The Rev’d. Dr. Cameron Harder, professor of systematic theology at Lutheran Theological Seminary, in Saskatoon. Dr. Harder will introduce tools for engaging church and community, including asset mapping and appreciative inquiry. He will also explore how to re-imagine mission and ministry in various contexts.

See brochure for more information.

Atlantica Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre in Western Shore, NS.  It has outside patios, spa, fitness centre, tennis court, pool, Fireside Lounge, trails and much more. Accommodations include a full hot breakfast.  It is wheelchair accessible.

Be sure to ask for our special Vital Church Maritimes Conference rate!  Good until August 29.   Visit: or phone 1-800-565-5075.

8. Affirm United Conference – July 22-24

Register now for the Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble conference July 22-24 in Ottawa! And have a look at two other excellent summer event options:
SpiritPride and Skylight.

Join us July 22-24 2016: Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble annual conference in Ottawa at Glebe-St. James United Church.   We welcome your registrations for our Ottawa conference as soon as possible! All are welcome, no matter your identity or understanding of faith and spirit. We offer a special welcome to new Affirming ministries. Please join us so that we can welcome you to the family in person and hear your stories.

Our main conference page has accommodation information, a draft agenda, an online registration and payment form, and a downloadable PDF for print registration.