Happy Thanksgiving!

The announcements for this first week of October include:

  1. Introduction of New Conference Staff: Lauren King
  2. Moderator Visit To Maritime Conference
  4. REGISTER FOR FALL YF 2016 in Debert, NS
  5. PAUL HUTCHISON Public Lectures
  6. Mission & Service Global Pilgrimage to Kenya 2017

1. Introduction of New Conference Staff: Lauren King


We welcome Lauren King to the position of Program Assistant to Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Lauren will assist in maintaining and supporting ministries with youth, young adults and their leaders. In this part time position, she will be working under the direction of Laura Hunter, Conference Minister for Justice and Stewardship.

Lauren has extensive experience in providing leadership for youth and young adult ministries within Maritime Conference, nationally and at General Council.  Camps and youth programs have been formative in her call to ministry and Lauren is keen to support these ministries. She has coordinated a variety of youth programs and leadership initiatives in the church and in other settings: in camps, in schools and group homes, serving as director, facilitator and trainer. You may recognize her as a facilitator at Youth Forum; site staff for GO projects in various cities; Design Team at Youth Forum GC42.  She serves on the Moderator’s Advisory Committee.

Lauren brings a commitment to listening and empowering voices of youth and connecting in community. We look forward to the unfolding of Lauren’s gifts in this ministry.

Lauren lives in Sackville, NB where she has been working as a farm mentor/supervisor with a local cooperative. Her creative gestures have been known to show up in CSA baskets.

2. Moderator Visit To Maritime Conference


At some point during their three-year term, the Moderator conducts an official visit to each Conference in the church. The practice in Maritime Conference has been to share this visit among the Presbyteries/Synod on a cycle, so that each Moderator can visit a variety of areas in the Conference, and each Presbytery/Synod can look forward to having approximately every third Moderator come to call.

Within the term of Moderator Jordan Cantwell, Woolastook, St. Croix, South Shore and Truro Presbyteries will be visited. Time will also be made for a quick visit to Atlantic School of Theology, Tatamagouche Centre, and with the United Church Naval Chaplains in Halifax.

For the itinerary click here.





When: Friday October 21, 5:30 p.m. – Sunday October 23, 2:30 p.m.

Where: Tatamagouche Centre

Register: Robyn at llwlatlantic@gmail.com   (please advise of any dietary or accessibility concerns)

Cost: $275 (includes all meals and accommodation) cheques payable to ‘Maritime Conference Fund’, send to Maritime Conference Office, 21 Wright Street, Sackville, NB E4L 4P8.  For additional payment options contact Jennifer Whittemore:  Phone 506-536-1334 EX. 6 or Email: jwhittemore@marconf.ca

4. REGISTER FOR FALL YF 2016 in Debert, NS

November 11-13th at the Debert Hospitality Centre
– 130 Ventura Dr, Debert, NS B0M 1G0

Cost: $150 (remember to talk to you church, minister, youth group leader or presbytery to ask for sponsorship)

The deadline for registration is October 14. More information on www.youthforum.ca

5. PAUL HUTCHISON Public Lectures


Paul Hutchison, Mediator, film-maker, and former director of the Corrymeela Peace and Reconciliation Centre in Northern Ireland will be delivering 3 public lectures in Halifax: For more details click on this link.


1.)  DON’T MAKE A FUSS, WE’RE CANADIAN! How understanding conflict can improve personal and professional relationships. 

Date: Tuesday, October 18th, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University Room 105, noon hour

Drawing on over 20 years’ experience as a mediator and peace/reconciliation practitioner, Paul will explore the importance of coming to terms with conflict in a healthy way.

2.) UNTOLD STORIES: Telling tales about peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.

Date: Tuesday, October 18th, Alumni Hall, Kings University, 7 pm

This lecture will explore the central role of story in how to understand and nurture a healthy and flourishing society.

What stories do you hear most in Halifax?
What stories remain largely untold?
What stories are welcome in Halifax?
What stories are difficult to hear?


       3.) THESE ARE THE RULES: Law, Reconciliation and Restoration

Date: Thursday, October 20, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Room 104, 7 p.m.

Paul will use examples of his work with the police, paramilitaries, and contentious parades to reflect on the influence of the law in relation to reconciliation and peace-building.


Paul Hutchinson is a native of Northern Ireland with an international practice in Mediation, the Arts and Therapeutic Practices. He utilizes the tools of conflict transformation and peace-building to assist individuals and organizations to look at pertinent and challenging issues. He is the former Director of the Corrymeela Peace Centre, and a current member of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission. He lives by the sea in Northern Ireland.

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 http://www.united-church.ca/opportunities/mission-service-global-pilgrimage-kenya-2017

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!