The announcements for this week include:

  1.  Maritime Conference Learning Site Grant
  2.  Contract Position: Program Assistant to Youth and Young Adult Ministries
  3.  Courage to Teach® Retreat at Tatamagouche Centre
  4.  “One World, One Humanity” – A Spiritual Diversity Conference
  5.  Courage to Lead® for Young Clergy & Community Innovators
  6.  Mission & Service Global Pilgrimage to Kenya 2017
  7.  Upcoming United in Learning Webinars and “Live” Events
  8.  BE. A place for you

1. Maritime Conference Learning Site Grant


The Maritime Conference Ministry Personnel and Education Committee (MPE) has been directed to administer a small grant program to support active educational learning site ministries within Maritime Conference.  The grant is available to support congregations (and other units) that are offering a learning site ministry to a student working toward paid accountable ministry within the United Church of Canada.  There are two intake dates for applications each year, with further information and application forms available online.  Search for “Learning Site” on our website for more information.  For additional information please contact Rev’d Steve Longmoore, chair MPE, by email or 506-652-8429.

2. 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.

3. Courage to Teach® Retreat at Tatamagouche Centre
Nov 11-13, Fri 2 pm – Sun 1:30 pm


Educators at all levels are experiencing a great deal of stress and pressure due to the increase of internal and ex-ternal demands on the profession. The Courage to Teach® Retreat provides educators an opportunity for rest, re-newal, and re-engagement with their identity and integrity as teachers. Courage to Teach® is a well respected program of personal and professional renewal, created by Parker Palmer & the Center for Courage & Renewal. Brian and Becky are registered facilitators of these retreats. For more information please go to our website   For poster click here.

Leadership: Brian Braganza, Becky McKenna, BEd, PhD

Program Cost: $460 (single occupancy lodging, meals & material)

4.  “One World, One Humanity” – A Spiritual Diversity Conference  


A Spiritual Diversity Conference will be held October 19 and 20 at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax on the theme “One World, One Humanity.” Keynote speaker Imam Sayed Mostaffa Qazwini, President, Shia Muslim Council of Southern California will open the conference on the topic “Why Ideological Hate Threatens the World Today and How Can True Religions Usher in Peace.” The conference will host an Interfaith Prayer Service. At least six faith groups will make prayer offerings, read from sacred texts, deliver homilies, and introduce accompanying spiritual music. A Christian priest, Muslim imam, Baha’i disciples, a Buddhist speaker, a Jewish Rabbi and a Mi’kmaq elder will conduct the prayer services.

The other keynote speeches address the issues of “True Prosperity: The Role of Religion in Promoting the Material and Spiritual Well-being of Human Kind” (Dr. Ann Bowles) and “The Complexity and Messiness of the Human Journey” (Rev. Dr. Jody Clarke). The conference will also address “Gender and Religion,” “Human Rights and Our Relationship with the Earth,” “Empowering Youth For Social Change,” and “How Race, Creed and Ethnicity Can Either Derail or Clarify Religious Intention.”

Registration forms can be downloaded at Or call Robin Arthur at 902.457-2848

Click here for poster and agenda.

5. Courage to Lead® for Young Clergy & Community Innovators
A 6-month Courage & Renewal® Retreat Series


Become the kind of leader you would trust.

Are you committed to faith work, but trying to sustain yourself in the midst of institutional tensions, relational expectations, and the internal pressure you feel to make a difference? Courage to Lead® for Young Clergy and Community Innovators offers a rare opportunity to renew, reflect, and reconnect with what matters most to your vocation.

Opening Retreat: Jan. 10-13, 2017

Closing Retreat: June 7-10, 2017 with monthly peer calls

The Calvin Center outside Atlanta, GA

Special Rate: $600 all-inclusive

For more information click here.

Apply Online at: by October 1st, 2016

6. Mission & Service Global Pilgrimage to Kenya 2017


GO, SEE, TELL the connections between global Mission & Service and United Church communities of faith by traveling with a delegation to visit our partners in Kenya, March 25 – April 4, 2017.

We are seeking applications from United Church members who are committed to animating and strengthening Mission & Service giving.  One Mission & Service Enthusiast from each Conference (13),  one UCW representative (1) (United Church Women), and one Conference staff person will be chosen to join this pilgrimage.  You can find more information and the online application process at

What a wonderful opportunity to deepen faith, make stronger partnership relationships, generate new insights into the possibilities for being church, and strengthen Mission & Service giving!

7. Upcoming United in Learning Webinars 


The United Church of Canada hosts/makes available free webinars on a variety of topics of interest to congregations, clergy, worship committees, outreach & social justice groups, Sessions, and others.

Some of the webinars are:
Sept 16 — Racial Justice Workshop
Sept 20 — The Advent Peace Box
Sept 27 — The Benefits Story
Sept 28 — One Order of Ministry — Information about Remit 6

Sept 29 — Boundary Issues for Church Leaders

Tuesday September 20th at 2:30 PM Atlantic time, there is a webinar connecting worship and support for peace with justice using the Advent Peace Box of resources. One of the presenters on this webinar is from Maritime Conference! Click on the link below to learn more about the webinar and to register to watch/participate. Your church may have already used the Advent Peace Box as a worship/educational resource; may have decided not to use it; or may not know what it is. Whatever your experience, this webinar will be thought provoking and have something for each of us to learn.


United in Learning “Live” events coming up:

Palestinian Narratives and Cultural Resistance
with Rafeef Ziadah
September 20, 2016, 7:00 pm Eastern Time
Click HERE for more information

Beginning a New Ending
with Rob Oliphant, MP
October 13, 2016, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Eastern Time
Click HERE for more information

 8. 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.

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BE A place for you

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