The announcements for this week include:

  1. Condolences – Joyce Brown
  2. Mental Health In The Faith Community
  3. United-in-Learning: Celebrate Lois Wilson… and check out other webinars
  4. Conference Annual Meeting Displace and Workshop Space Requests
  5. Spring Programs from the Prayer Bench
  6. Registration Now Open for Hayes Symposium 2017
  7. Contemplative Pathways – New Program
  8. Dialogue for Peaceful Change: 5 day workshops – June 19th to 23rd, Halifax, NS

 1. Condolences –  Joyce Brown

Sympathy is extended to the Rev. Robyn Brown-Hewitt and David Hewitt on the death of Robyn’s mother, Joyce Brown.  Please click on the following link for full obituary:

 2. Mental Health In The Faith Community

A day of exploring how faith communities can become strong supporters for mental health and mental illness will be hosted by the Maritime Conference Working Group on Mental Health.

Topics to be covered:

  • Understanding Personal Mental Health – Everyone’s mental health is an issue…
  • How to become a supportive community?
  • How can we engage in education and advocacy?

DATE:                    May 6, 2017
TIME:                    10 am – 3:45 (includes lunch)
WHERE:                Maritime Conference Centre, Sackville, NB

There is no cost for this event. You will be invited to make a free will offering for lunch.

If you are interested in becoming engaged in furthering role of faith communities in dealing with Mental Health and Mental Illness you should considering attending and sharing your thoughts with others from across the Maritimes.

To register CLICK HERE

3. United-in-Learning: Celebrate Lois Wilson…and check out other webinars

Re-imagine the Human Story this Saturday with a host of well-known Canadians, in celebration of Lois Wilson’s 90th birthday. Or join us for webinars on stewardship, racial justice, youth ministry, and more!

Re-imaging the Human Story
April 22, 2017 (9:30 am – 5:00 pm Eastern Time)
An inter-generational dialogue on what it means to be human – in celebration of Lois Wilson’s 90th Birthday
For more info

Talking About Mission & Service
April 26, 2017 (1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern Time)
This program was so well received last Fall that we’re offering it again.  Mission & Service offers a webinar for ministers to explore our unique role in inspiring, asking and thanking to support a lively Mission & Service giving program.
For more info

Mission & Service Enthusiast Learning Gathering
May 1 & 2, 2017 (Check the time for your region)
As a Mission & Service Enthusiast you are often called on to share your passion for Mission & Service.  One of the best ways to do this is with a short story of why you give for Mission & Service.
For more info

Ask from the Pulpit
May 9, 2017 (3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Eastern Time)
This program was so well received in February that we’re offering it again.
It can be tough to talk about money in a sermon.  To some clergy it feels like begging for their salary; to others it’s hard to make the connection between the administrative needs of the church and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
For more info

Reaching Young Adults
May 16, 2017 (7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Eastern Time)
There is particular concern about the absence of young adults from the life of our congregations.  This workshop emphasizes listening before speaking, and is based on years of ministry with and listening to young adults.
For more info

More Upcoming Programs:

Racial Justice Workshop
April 25, 2017 (11:00 am – 3:30 pm Eastern Time)
For more info

Boundary Issues for Church Leaders
May 18, 2017 (11:00 am – 3:30 pm Eastern Time)
For more info

How Do Our Benefits Work?
May 16, 2017 (1:00 pm Eastern Time)
For more info

4. Conference Annual Meeting Displace and Workshop Space Requests

A reminder that the Conference Annual Meeting display and workshop space request forms are due no later than April 28. Forms can be found at:

Workshop Requests Form:

Displace Space Form:

5. Spring Programs from the Prayer Bench

Stroll for Your Soul – Receive a daily email for 21 days and get motivated for a walk and practice paying attention to the present moment. 

There is an Individual Subscription – $15 or give Stroll to a friend – Both for $16. Email Gift Notices sent. See

There is also a Congregational/ Group Registration (unlimited numbers) $50.

Contemplative Moment Cards – All we have is this moment. In this exact moment, something of our life is here to be lived, noticed, or engaged.

Each card offers a simple gesture or a focusing experience that invites us to be present with our whole self; to be really here. For More Info see:

6. Registration Now Open for Hayes Symposium 2017

The Archbishop James M. Hayes Symposium 2017
Trauma, Suffering and Resilience – May 15, 16, and 17

Keynote Event

Trauma, Evil and Resilience

May 15 at 7 p.m.
St. Andrew’s United Church, 6036 Coburg Road, Halifax, NS

Guest Speaker: Lt. General Romeo Dallaire (Retired)

This event is open to the public, but we do ask you to register
(See registration details on our website – link below)

Symposium speakers include the Rev. Dr. Russ Daye, the Rev. Dr. Linda Yates, the Rev. Dave Maginley, and Padre Wendy L. Kean

Visit our website for the symposium schedule and registration details:

7. Contemplative Pathways – New Program – Apply Now!

Personal Spiritual Deepening: Noticing the Sacred in Everyday Living is a yearlong program with 5 weekend residencies, September 2017 – June 2018:

  • Awakening to the Spiritual Journey
  • Contemplative Practices for Everyday Living
  • Practicing Retreat and Holding Silence
  • Discerning Spirit
  • Contemplative Leading in the World

Application deadline: June 15, 2017.  For more information visit

Note: This program is the pre-requisite for our Spiritual Direction program.

Contemplative Pathways (formerly Atlantic Jubilee Program) in partnership with Tatamagouche Centre

8. Dialogue for Peaceful Change: 5 day workshops – June 19th to 23rd, Halifax, NS

Is conflict affecting your church and making it difficult to move forward?  Are you losing volunteers or staff due to conflicts and tension? This internationally accredited program offers an effective method for transforming these conflicts into opportunities for growth and deeper understanding. Learn and practice these effective tools and strategies and transform the conflicts in your life, family, church and community.

Dialogue for Peaceful Change (DPC) is an international program that has brought together the best methodologies from around the world in community based conflict mediation, providing effective tools and strategies for analyzing and addressing conflicts. You will receive International Certification.

Cost: $650 which includes International Certification

For more info: