The announcements for this week include:

  1. Condolences – Amy Pauline Beatrice Benjamin
  2. Conference Annual Meeting Registration and Information
  3. Public Performance Copyright Site Licenses
  4. Seek Other Cs – Annual Meeting Theme and Info
  5. Affirm United Annual Conference
  6. Maritime Church Administrators Association – Annual Conference & Retreat
  7. Berwick Camp
  8. AST – Call for Papers
  9. AST – Gala Dinner 2017
  10. SIDEWALKS Public Presentation
  11. Youth Leaders’ Retreat March 17-19

1. Condolences – Amy Pauline Beatrice Benjamin

Sympathy is extended to the Rev. Bethe Benjamin-Cameron on the death of her mother, Amy Pauline Beatrice Benjamin.  Please click on the following link for full obituary:

2. Conference Annual Meeting Registration and Information

The registration for Maritime Conference and also the Mount Allison University form for Meals and Accommodations are up and ready to roll! To register click here.

The “Reports to Conference” page is now live and will be updated as information is received. Please check the page regularly for updates. Click here to view the page. 

3. 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.

4.  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

5. 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.

6. Maritime Church Administrators Association – Annual Conference & Retreat

April 28-30, 2017
Tatamagouche Centre

Our Mission: To provide experiences and to develop support systems for Church Administrators that will enable them to share ideas, concerns and resources, thus helping them to exercise their ministry more effectively.

Something for your Mind, Body, and Spirit!!

For more info:

7. Berwick Camp

Welcome campers of all ages!
July 28 – August 6, 2017

Please join us for a weekend, a few nights, or the whole 10 days.
A variety of programs are offered and accommodations are available.
Please see for more information.

Theme Speaker is Rev. Dr. Yvette Flunder, a San Francisco native, who has served her call through prophetic action and ministry for justice for over thirty years, as well as being an award winning gospel music artist and author of Where the Edge Gathers: A Theology of Homiletic and Radical Inclusion.

8. 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:

9. AST – Gala Dinner 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017
Reception 6 pm / Dinner 7 pm
A fundraiser in support of AST

From Syria with Chocolate: One New Canadian Family’s Story
Guest Speaker – Tareq Hadhad

The Lord Nelson Hotel
1515 South Park Street
Halifax, NS

Tickets $150 per person or $1,500 per table of 10
Reserve your spot before Friday, April 14, 2017


10. SIDEWALKS Public Presentation

March 18, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Chipman Gaspereau Forks United Church

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

11. 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