The announcements for this week include:

  1. Condolences – Thelma Smallwood
  2. Condolences – Marie Biggar
  3. Conference Annual Meeting Important Information
  4. Elections for Conference President
  5. Annual Meeting Workshops
  6. Mental Health in the Faith Community
  7. Maritime Conference Special – Marriage Preparation Resource
  8. Contemplative Moment Cards
  9. Spiritual Memoir Workshop: Honouring the Stories of Our Lives
  10. Breaking the Silence Fair Trade Coffee Now at Sobey’s
  11. Anglican Church of Canada’s First National Indigenous Bishop to receive Honorary Degree at AST Convocation

1. Condolences – Thelma Smallwood

Sympathy is extended to the Rev. Barbara Wagner and family on the death of Barb’s mother, Thelma Smallwood.  Please click on the following link for full obituary:

2. Condolences – Marie Biggar

Sympathy is extended to the Rev. Robert Biggar and family on the death of Bob’s wife, Marie, on Monday, May 1, 2017.  Funeral arrangements will be shared once they become available.

3. Conference Annual Meeting Important Information

The 2017 Conference Annual Meeting agenda and Things You Need To Know pre-conference letter are now online and can be found by clicking here.

Please note that Youth Forum and Intermediates at Conference check in time starts at 1 p.m.

4. Elections for Conference President

At the Conference Annual Meeting this year, President Catherine Stuart will preside. During the concluding worship, President-Elect Richard Bowley will be installed as President for the 2017-2018 term.

During the meeting we will elect the President-Designate, who will serve as President for the 2018-2019 term. To view the President role duties for 2018 click here.

To nominate someone for election as President, please complete this form:

To offer to serve as President, please complete this form:

5. Annual Meeting Workshops

There is still additional space to offer a workshop during the Conference Annual Meeting (Saturday). If you intend to offer a workshop please fill out the form immediately. The form can be found at:

6. 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

7. Maritime Conference Special – Marriage Preparation Resource 

Maritime Conference Special – Get the More Than Friends Leaders Package and pick up your free USB at the Annual Meeting loaded with the five core videos and promotional video. Not coming to Conference? We’ll mail. Only 6 available.First 6 orders automatically receive the USB. See for details.

8. 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:    If purchasing online and picking up at the Annual Meeting, please use the coupon word – postage – to save $4.

9. SPIRITUAL MEMOIR WORKSHOP: Honouring the Stories of Our Lives 

Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 9:30 am – 2 pm

at Visions United Church, 1270 Gorge Road Stilesville.
Sponsored by Visions & the Prayer Bench with Janice MacLean

Our lives are full of stories. And when we look closely we discover these stories brim with meaning and faith. They are a legacy we want to pass along. Spiritual memoir honours what is sacred in our life. It is passed on in stories, in diaries, in journals, in letters and quilts, through family recipes, genealogies and heirlooms.

In this workshop, we’ll explore the practice of spiritual memoir, learn about several forms of spiritual memoir, and consider how we can explore our stories and tell them to the next generation.

Email or call Visions’ office (384-0843) to register:
Please bring your own lunch. Refreshments provided.

This workshop is offered through the generosity of The United Church of Canada and a Seeds of Hope grant and the Maritime Conference Bequest Fund.

10. Breaking the Silence Fair Trade​ Coffee​ (ground) now at all Sobey’s stores

And once again Breaking the Silence coffee is available at the wholesale price for pick-up at the Maritime Conference Annual Meeting.

The Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network (BTS), a  Church in Action Committee partner, is offering cases of Breaking the Silence Fair Trade Coffee (ground) at the wholesale price ( $58 for 6 12 oz. bags per case or $24.25 for a 2-lb. bag.) We make this offer to encourage churches to purchase Breaking the Silence coffee on an ongoing basis, buying wholesale from Just Us! for church events. Orders must be received no later than Thurs., May 18th. Email orders to Kathryn Anderson, Payment by cheque or cash at the Breaking the Silence table at the Annual Meeting.

​BTS is also delighted to announce that Breaking the Silence coffee is now available at all Sobey’s stores. By purchasing the Breaking the Silence brand of Just Us! coffee, you  support small farmers and their families as well as the courageous work of the Highland Committee of Small Farmers (CCDA) in seeking land reform and economic justice. In addition, Just Us! gives BTS $.20 for each pound of coffee sold.

BTS also sells gorgeous Guatemalan crafts and Just Gold honey at the Annual Meeting of Maritime Conference from a Guatemalan women’s cooperative, great for wedding, baby and birthday gifts, as well as individual bags of coffee at the retail price.

11. Anglican Church of Canada’s First National Indigenous Bishop to receive Honorary Degree at AST Convocation

Halifax, NS – During Convocation ceremonies on May 6, 2017, Atlantic School of Theology (AST) will award a Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, to the Right Reverend Mark MacDonald, National Indigenous Bishop of the Anglican Church of Canada.

Bishop MacDonald is being recognized for his extensive advocacy work and dedication to indigenous issues. His considerable work in this area led to his appointment as the Anglican Church of Canada’s first National Indigenous Bishop, after serving about 10 years as Bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Diocese of Alaska, where he was consecrated bishop on September 13, 1997. Prior to that, he had a long and varied ministry in Ontario, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon, and the southeast regional mission of the Diocese of Navajoland. He is presently the North American President of the World Council of Churches and Board Chair for Church Innovations, Inc. He is also a Third Order Franciscan and has numerous published works to his credit.

Bishop MacDonald will give the address at AST’s 2017 Convocation, which takes place Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., in Saint Benedict Parish, Halifax.

Located on the Northwest Arm in Halifax, Nova Scotia, AST is recognized as one of the finest theological universities in North America, educating postgraduate students for the ethical and theological challenges of today’s world.