The announcements for this week include:

  1. Condolences – Rev. C. Maynard Rector
  2. Public Performance Copyright Site Licenses
  3. Seek Other Cs – Annual Meeting Theme and Info
  4. Affirm United Annual Conference
  5. AST Graduate Seminar Public Presentations
  6. AST – Call for Papers
  7. SIDEWALKS Public Presentation
  8. As The Raven Flies: Cross-Canada Cycle Tour
  9. Youth Leaders’ Retreat March 17-19
  10. Staff Sabbatical

 1. Condolences – Rev. C. Maynard Rector


Sympathy is extended to the family of Rev. C. Maynard Rector, who passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the Upper River Valley Hospital, Waterville, NB. Maynard is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 56 years, Marjorie; two sons, Andrew Rector (Nancy) and Jeff Rector (Cortney); chosen son, Stephen Crossman (Debbie); five grandchildren, Josh, Jake, Evan, Maya and Jackson; three chosen grandchildren, Jennifer, Diana and Ellen; a chosen great–grandson, Amias; a brother, Robert “Bob” Veniott (Linda). Visitation will be held from L.R. Giberson Funeral Directors, 207 Burnham Rd. Florenceville–Bristol on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 4 to 7 pm. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm from Faith Memorial United Church, 175 Burham Rd. Florenceville–Bristol. Rev. Susan Estabrooks and Rev. Michael Goodfellow will officiate. Interment will be at a later date in the Mapleton Cemetery, Nova Scotia. For those who wish, donations can be made to the NB Heart and Stroke Foundation, NB Lung Association or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Full obituary at:

2. Public Performance Copyright Site Licenses


This is the eleventh year that Maritime Conference has negotiated a public performance copyright site license agreement with Criterion Pictures and Audio Ciné Films Inc.  We are able to offer a similar opportunity this year. You may wish to visit their respective websites for further information: and

The combined cost for both companies to cover congregations in Maritime Conference will be $1.30 per person plus HST based on average Sunday attendance as reported in The United Church of Canada Year Book & Directory – Volume 1 Statistics.  The license will be in effect from April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018.

Please complete the application form if you are interested in registering your congregation for this license and forward it to Maritime Conference Office along with a cheque made payable to Maritime Conference Fund by Monday, March 13, 2017.  This is the ONLY opportunity to enroll for this year!

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Lorraine Horyl by email or by phone 506-536-1334, Ext 5.

3.  Seek Other Cs – Annual Meeting Theme and Info


Seek Other ‘Cs’ is the theme of the Conference Annual Meeting! Curiosity, cultivate, congregation, conversation, community are just a few of the ‘Cs’ we will explore.

Rev. John Pentland is our theme speaker; John has written Fishing Tips How Curiosity Transformed a Community of faith. Writing as a UCC minister, Fishing Tips speaks to our Canadian religious context and offers hope to our denomination.

Gary Patterson, 42nd Moderator of United Church of Canada says this: “Fishing Tips starts with a story – a modern midrash [re-telling], of the final chapter of John’s gospel: an unsuccessful fishing expedition until Peter and crew got some fishing tips from the Master – first and foremost is to grab hold of their curiosity and their courage and try fishing on the other side. Which really is what John Pentland’s book is all about – specific tips about how one might go about fishing from the other side in the 21st century.”

You are encouraged to read Fishing Tips before coming to the annual meeting; it’s available through UCRD. Also check out

4. Affirm United Annual Conference 


The Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble 2017 annual conference will be shared in partnership with St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church and its wonderful Spirit Pride conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. The conference will be held July 28-30 on Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh unceded traditional territories. Spirit Pride precedes Vancouver Pride, which takes place over the August long weekend.

The Maritime Conference Committee on Affirming Ministry is pleased to offer financial assistance of $500 each for two representatives from Conference to attend.  If you would be interested in attending, submit your name and a brief statement of why you want to attend and what benefit you hope you might derive to Rev. Bob Johnson ( or 506-465-9040) before April 30, 2017.

For more information about these events, check the Affirm United website or the links above.

5. AST Graduate Seminar Public Presentations


Graduate Student Presentations 2017
March 7 and 8, 2017
Atlantic School of Theology’s St. Columba Chapel

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 . . . morning of the first day.

  • Prayer in the Abrahamic Traditions: Steering Wheel or Spare Tire? – David Atwood
  • Spirituality and Tattoos – Falen McNulty

Afternoon of the first day.

  • Addicts, Recovery and the God Question – Bill Macintyre
  • How ‘bout a Cuppa: Spirituality Through Simple Ritual – Daniel MacDonald

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 . . . morning of the second day.

  • When Rainbows Touch Down:  The Experience of Openly Gay and Lesbian Ministers in the United Church of Canada – Shirley O’Neill
  • All the Single Ladies, All the Single Ladies: Young Clergywomen’s Experiences – Cate Ratcliffe

Afternoon of the second day.

  • Teaming with Possibilities:  What Team Ministry Reveals – Shirley Carras
  • Who am I:  Bi-Vocational Ministry and Pastoral Identity – Kate Jones

Each day the community will gather at 9:00 in AST’s Chapel.  The first presentation will begin at 9:15, the second at 10:45.  The afternoon sessions begin at 12:50 and 2:30. 

6. AST – Call for Papers


Care for the Stranger: An Interfaith Symposium

Symposium Dates: May 10-11, 2017
Location: Atlantic School of Theology

How does your tradition view, define and support the ‘strangers’ in its midst and within the societal context? Members of various religious communities in the Halifax Region are invited to submit proposals for papers or presentations on topics and themes within their own traditions, which illustrate these views and support systems and experiences.

The symposium will discuss this topic under three general topics:

  • Scripture
  • Theology
  • Pastoral Care

Papers and presentations for discussion are welcomed from clergy, community leaders, and scholars. Reports on community cooperative projects are also welcome.

Please submit proposals by email to:

The Rev. Dr. David MacLachlan
Deadline: April 15, 2017

Note: Registration details for this symposium will be available at a later date. Watch our website for details:

7. SIDEWALKS Public Presentation – March 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Sponsored by Chipman Fish & Game


Please join us in creating SIDEWALKS — a public presentation that examines core needs of an offender that a community must address in order for successful re-entry and rehabilitation.  Facilitators are Dennis and Pam Sisco, Provincial Coordinators for Justice & Public Safety.

For more information, please click on the following link: SIDEWALKS

8. As The Raven Flies: Cross-Canada Cycle Tour


Jonathan Reed (Bay of Quinte Conference) and Asad Chishti are embarking on a cycling tour from the Atlantic to the Arctic to the Pacific to explore Canada’s marginalized histories. Learn more about their project and consider supporting this endeavour here:

“By providing Canadians with a better understanding of the different histories and ecosystems embedded in our shared landscapes, we aim to foster a better understanding of this place we are fortunate to call home.
As a Christian and Muslim respectively, we are seeking to embody our faith in collecting narratives rooted in social justice, peace and inclusion. We believe that projects of this sort are critical given the cultural shifts happening both in Canada and abroad.”

9. Youth Leaders’ Retreat March 17-19


Come join us at the Tatamagouche Centre for a weekend to relax and nourish yourself. Share stories, ideas, resources, and learnings with colleagues and friends. Register by March 2nd at the link below! Cost is $50. Contact Lauren King at the Maritime Conference Office for more information

10. Staff Sabbatical


Executive Secretary David Hewitt will be taking a partial sabbatical between February 22 and April 11. During this time, Kendall Harrison will be acting Executive Secretary, with support from Laura Hunter. If you have matters for the Executive Secretary that can wait until after April 11, please continue to leave messages for David by voicemail or email. If your matter requires a more immediate response, please contact Kendall. Please bear in mind that Kendall will continue to attend to his regular personnel work during this time which will be reflected in his response time.

David’s sabbatical will involve some reading and writing, a week of French immersion in Quebec City, and the 10-day Mission and Service pilgrimage to Kenya.