Happy Canada Day! 


The weekly announcements will be sporadic over the summer due to staff vacation. If you know someone who would like to receive the weekly announcements they can subscribe from the website or send me your email address and I will subscribe you/them.

Take note that the Conference Office will be operating on Summer Hours again this year from July 1st to September 5th inclusive. The office hours are Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Wishing everyone a great summer!

The announcements for this week include:

  1. Remits
  2. News Just for You from The United Church of Canada Foundation – 48 New Grants and Awards!
  3. Affirm United Conference – July 22-24
  4. Peace and Friendship Gathering “JIKSITUI” 2016
  5. Under 33? Interested in a global church experience?



Have you prepared any resource materials that you have found helpful in your context? Perhaps a brief summary sheet or bulletin insert? A Powerpoint or Prezi? Would you be willing to share it for use by others? If so, please post your info on the Conference Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MaritimeConferenceUCCan/.

Or, if that’s not a good option for you, please send to the Conference Office at info@marconf.ca, and we’ll find a way to share it. Thank you very much!

2.) News Just for You from The United Church of Canada Foundation –
48 New Grants and Awards!


It is with immense gratitude to all our donors that we announce 48 grants, scholarships and academic awards totalling $704,225.  These grants and awards represent the dedication, innovation, and spirit-filled work of so many people across our church.

Congratulations to all grant and award recipients.  We look forward to hearing about your work as it progresses.

See the complete list of grants!

Thank you to all the individuals, congregations and United Church organizations that applied for grants.  We appreciate the time and effort you put into crafting your applications and forming your ideas and plans.

Thank you again to all the donors who made these grants possible.  Without you, the grants to these innovative and exciting programs and projects wouldn’t happen.

Our fall granting cycle will provide grants for innovative seniors ministry (Watkins Fund and Ann Baker Trust for Innovative Seniors Ministry) and lectureships or learning events inside Ontario (Alfred J. Mitchell Fund). For application forms, deadlines and criteria, please visit the granting section of our website.

3.) 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.

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.) 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 http://canacom.org/