The announcements for this first week of September include:

  1. Contract Position: Program Assistant to Youth and Young Adult Ministries
  2. ENERGY: A Fall Email Retreat from the Prayer Bench
  3. More Than Friends Marriage Preparation Video Resource
  4. “Christian Zionism and the Idea of a ‘Chosen People'”
  5. Last Chance to Register for LLWL Orientation Weekend!
  6. Good Grief: Healthy Approaches to Grief with Young People
  7. New Dates for the Racial Justice and Boundaries Workshops and more Webinars
  8. Pilgrimage to Corrymeela Centre, Belfast, Ireland
  9. BE. A place for you

1. Contract Position: Program Assistant to Youth and Young Adult Ministries 


Maritime Conference of The United Church of Canada is searching for the appropriate candidate to fill a contract term position:  Program Assistant to Youth and Young Adult Ministries.

This half-time term position will offer resourceful support to Conference youth and young adult programs and camping ministries, and their leaders; will nurture networking among ministries and leaders; will advocate for and promote the engagement of youth and young adults within the varied ministries of the church. The term for this position ends on December 31, 2017.

Skills and Experience required:

  • experience with Conference youth programs such as camps, Intermediates at Conference, Youth Forums
  • connections to youth and young adults and their leaders networks in the region
  • demonstrated event planning and promotions experience
  • knowledge of educational methods and current youth ministry resources
  • ability to work in team or independently
  • computer competency including skills for social media
  • strong communication skills

Maritime Conference staff work out of the Maritime Conference Office in Sackville, NB. Office hours are negotiable. Since this position involves travel throughout the Maritime Provinces, a valid driver’s licence is required.

This is a 0.5 FTE (half time) position at General Council salary category 6, the prorated salary in 2016 is $2184/month.

Detailed position description is available here: YAYA ministry position.

Deadline for applications is Friday, September 23, 2016. Applications should include a cover letter describing interest in this position, a résumé, and 2 references.

Start date: October 1, 2016

David Hewitt
Maritime Conference Executive Secretary
21 Wright Street, Sackville, NB, E4L 4P8.

2. ENERGY: A Fall Email Retreat from the Prayer Bench


Join me in exploring the energy flowing in us, with reflections and suggestions for spiritual practice.You receive a Welcome Email on Sept 14, and retreats by Email on the following four Saturday’s.

Here are the themes of the four retreats:

  • Music as Energy for Life, with Music Therapist Dana Pardy.
  • Art as an Creative Energy, with Celtic Artist David Brewer.
  • Healing Energy, with Karen MacLeod-Wilkie
  • Got Acedia? with Janice MacLean.

More information and easy registration here:

3. More Than Friends Marriage Preparation Video Resource


It’s ready! Read more about this resource that already is enlivening conversations and making meetings with couples easy and effective!

More Than Friends is supported by the generosity of Truro Presbytery, Maritime Conference and a Seeds of Hope Grant from The United Church of Canada.

4. “Christian Zionism and the Idea of a ‘Chosen People'”
– Free public talk by Yakov Rabkin

7 pm, Thursday, September 8
St. Andrew’s United Church, Mary Holmes Room, 6036 Coburg Road, Halifax, NS

The idea of Jews physically returning to the Holy Land predates modern Jewish Zionism by many centuries. The idea that the return is in accordance with biblical prophecy and that the gathering of Jews is a prerequisite for the Second Coming of Jesus, dates back to the Reformation. Moreover, some Christian groups in Britain, Germany and the United States have believed that they replaced the Jews as God’s “Chosen People.” Come and hear this fascinating history.

Yakov M. Rabkin, an observant Jew himself, is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Montreal. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at several universities, including Yale, Johns Hopkins, Hebrew, Bar-Ilan, Tel Aviv, Université Louis-Pasteur and the Smithsonian Institution. His most recent book What Is Modern Israel? convincingly demonstrates that Israel’s founding ideology – Zionism – is anything but a simple reaction to antisemitism. Dispelling the notion that every Jew is a Zionist and therefore a natural advocate for the state of Israel, the author points to the Protestant roots of Zionism, thus explaining the particular support Israel musters in the United States.

An earlier book A Threat from Within: a Century of Jewish opposition to Zionism is currently available in twelve languages, has been nominated for Canada’s Governor-General Award, Israel’s Hecht Prize for Studies in Zionism and listed as one of the three best books of the year in Japan.

Contact Linda Scherzinger ( ), Church in Action Committee for more information

5. Last Chance to Register for LLWL Orientation Weekend!


LAST CHANCE! Register NOW for the Licensed Lay Worship Leaders Orientation Weekend, September 23-25 at St. Ann’s Bay, Cape Breton. Anyone interested in the basics of LLWL program is encouraged to attend. Contact llwlatlantic@gmail.comSee attached Poster.


Licensed Lay Worship Leaders Atlantic: Learning Unit 1 Advent – Better Get Ready! The first of four Learning Units will be held October 21-23 at Tatamagouche Centre. Those who are currently serving as LLWL and those who have been recommended by their presbyteries are encouraged to participate. For more information contact and See attached details.

6. Good Grief: Healthy Approaches to Grief with Young People


This is an important learning opportunity for those who work with youth. Be sure and check it out – we are able to offer a reduced registration fee for this workshop. For details on registration, please visit our website:


Good Grief
Healthy Approaches to Grief with Young People
October 7–8, 2016

Grief enters our lives through the many doors of loss and change: loss of a loved one or friend, a cherished dream, a romantic relationship; change in our home or economic situation, physical or mental health. All of these can be devastating for the young person who has no support or whose experiences are overlooked or minimized by those around them. What are the most helpful ways youth ministers and mentors can be present to youth who are grieving? This program will provide those in ministry with youth and young adults with skills to engage and support vulnerable young people healthfully and helpfully.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: DYM students, youth & young adult program leaders, pastoral care providers, teachers, clergy, community youth workers, mentors
SPONSOR: Diploma in Youth Ministry at AST
WHERE: Woodlawn United Church of Canada, 54 Woodlawn Road, Dartmouth, NS
WHEN: Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8, 9 am to 4 pm, 2016
COST: $80 REDUCED FEE (lunches and refreshments included)
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, September 23, 2016

7. New Dates for the Racial Justice and Boundaries Workshops

Racial Justice –
September 16, 2016  11am – 3:30 pm Eastern Time
Click HERE for more information


Boundary Issues for Church Leaders –
September 29, 2016
November 1, 2016
Click HERE for more information


Great online learning opportunities this fall for Clergy, Presbyters, Lay Worship Leaders, Congregation Leaders, Justice ministries, and Youth Ministers.  Check out the new list of webinars from United in Learning!

8. Pilgrimage to Corrymeela Centre, Belfast, Ireland


Increase your awareness of peacemaking in the context of Northern Ireland and around the world.  Martha Martin and Diana Ginn will organize and lead this exciting and insightful trip,  May 6- May 13, 2017.  Space is limited.  Apply soon.

For details see Frequently asked questions 2017.


For more information about previous trips that Martha has led, check out her blog,  “the corrymeela diaries” at:

9. BE. A place for you


“BE.” is a place for you. Come as you are, you are welcome no matter who you are, no matter your background, no matter who you love or whether or not you go to church.

RSVP today:

We are a vibrant, progressive, emerging and modern ministry, one that thinks outside the box, one that is based on our United Church values, one that does not meet in the physical traditional church and one that looks towards the future and the needs of its people.

Our focus will be on being together, being an emerging ministry, showing love to all, being with One, nurturing faith and gathering in community. We hope you’ll join us when we’re in a city near you.

These experiences are planned for September 23rd in Halifax, October 1st in Saint John, October 14th in Riverview and November 4th in Charlottetown. They will include sharing in food, experiencing a dynamic, modern worship experience and building intentional community of faith.

We are a group of United Church of Canada people who wish to enhance the experience and need for our communities. We hope you’ll be a part of it.

Check out our video

BE A place for you

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