The announcements for this week include:

  1. Conference Staff Retreat Day and Workshop
  2. Conference Annual Meeting Evaluation
  3. Guest Speaker Evaluation
  4. Important Information On Remits from General Council
  5. Notes on General Council Work
  6. Ready to take your french language skills to the next level?
  7. We Need a Studio Audience!
  8. The Four Men Concert Tour
  9. Youth Forum Planning Team Open Positions
  10. AST Continuing Education – Indigenous Culture, History and Contemporary Issues

1. Conference Staff Retreat Day and Workshop


The Maritime Conference Office will be closed on Friday, June 9 for a staff retreat day, including the workshop, “Gender & Sexual Diversity: Exploring allyship, and developing practices to become a trans* inclusive workplace.”

2. Conference Annual Meeting Evaluation


To offer an evaluation of the recent Conference Annual Meeting, please follow this link:

For those of you wishing to include some statistics in your reports about Maritime Conference to your congregations, please note the following:

Registered Delegates: 357
Approx. Unregistered: 25
Visitors & Leaders: 36
IaC: 114 (93 IaC & 21 leaders)
YF: 153 (132 YF & 21 leaders)

3. Guest Speaker Evaluation


John Pentland has asked for feedback on his three presentations to the Conference Annual Meeting. Are you able to offer words for him? Please respond to

4. Important Information On Remits from General Council


See attached Conference Executive Secretaries and Speaker/ Presidents and Presidents-Elect Remit letter from Nora Sanders May 23, 2017 for important information on remits.

5. Notes on General Council Work


Detailed briefing notes on a wide range of General Council work can be found by following this link:

6. Ready to take your french language skills to the next level?


Ready to take your french language skills to the next level?
Looking for a safe environment to try your skills?
Searching for ideas and support to introduce french into your ministry?

We need to hear from you before the end of June!

In cooperation with General Council Ministries in French, Maritime Conference is looking to offer a week-long immersion course to assist in developing french language capability as well as to work on strategies for introducing ministry in french into your local context. More details will be posted as planning develops.

The course will be offered in Moncton. Instruction will be offered by Angelika Piché, Director of French Leadership Development at United Theological College, Montreal, and by Carole Bourgault, a French language teacher and tutor from Moncton.

There are two possible dates for this course: October 30 to November 3, 2017 or November 6 to 10, 2017.

We expect to be able to keep the participant cost for the program under $300 (includes daily lunch). Local accommodations, other meals and travel are not included in this price. Bursary assistance will be available from both Conference and General Council.

To help with the planning, it is important that you respond before the end of June. Please contact Executive Secretary David Hewitt at or 506-536-1334 to express your interest in this program, and to indicate your preferred date choice(s).

7. We Need a Studio Audience!


We are recording two more More Than Friends Marriage Preparation videos and we need a studio audience. Are you available Monday, June 5 at Knox United Church, Lower Sackville anytime between 1-5 pm? We would really value your presence and it helps with our recording. Please contact the Project Coordinator, Janice MacLean, through the contact page on our website.  We have refreshments and door prizes too.

8. The Four Men Concert Tour – June 4th – June 10th
“Songs of Hope, Love, and Inspiration”
A Mission and Service Fundraiser


This fabulous quartet from Toronto, including Rev. Brian McIntosh who spent more than a decade in Maritime Conference, performs music from inspirational ballads to prayerful gospel, and from Maritime folk songs to harmonic contemporary compositions, backed by arrangements of chart-toppers from the 50’s and 60’s.  See and hear a sample of their gorgeous voices at

Sunday June 4th, 8:00pm – Woodlawn United Church, Dartmouth, N.S.

Tuesday June 6th, 7:30pm – Wilmot United Church, Fredericton, N.B.

Wednesday June 7th, 7:30pm – Spring Park United Church, Charlottetown, PEI

Friday June 9th, 7:30pm – Sydney River United Protestant Church, Sydney River, Cape Breton, N.S.

Saturday June 10th, 7:30pm – Sharon United Church, Tatamagouche, N.S.

9. Youth Forum Planning Team Open Positions


Youth Forum has completed its 37th year of ministry in the Maritime Conference of the United Church of Canada. Youth Forum would not be possible without the volunteers who give their time to create the program for the Maritime Conference Weekend.

The Youth Forum Planning Team meets throughout the course of the year to prepare and deliver this program. We want to let you know that there are positions available on the Planning Team for 2017-2018. The positions are as follows:

* Secretary (2-year term)
* Co-director (2 year term)
* Male Chaplain (2 year term)
– applicants with counselling, crisis management training, mental health training, and experience in worship planning are particularly encouraged
* At-large (1 year term: the Planning Team may or may not fill this particular position)

More information about any of these positions is available from the Chair of the Planning Team, Larry Hale (

You will be expected to commit to the following:

* A Web Conference meeting to plan the Fall Youth Forum Event (likely July)
* The Fall Youth Forum Event in 2017 (September 29th to October 1st)
* A Planning weekend (Friday evening through Sunday morning) in the Fall of 2017 (likely late October).
* A Web Conference meeting in 2018 (one evening in January/February)
* Youth Forum Training Weekend (Friday evening through Sunday morning) in the Spring of 2018 (late April or early May)
* The Spring Youth Forum Event at Maritime Conference 2018 (May 24-27)
* Follow-up Meeting after Maritime Conference 2018 (likely June 9)

If applying, please state which position(s) you are interested in, and rank them if more than one. Also provide a short paragraph (no more than 6 lines) of explanation as to why you feel called to serve in that position and what Youth Forum means to you. Deadline for application is Thursday, June 8th at noon. Send applications to the Chair of the Planning Team, Larry Hale (

10. AST Continuing Education – Indigenous Culture, History and Contemporary Issues

Summer Term 2017

  • July 3-14 (2 weeks)
  • On campus / Monday to Friday / 9 am to 12 noon
  • Instructor: Adrian Jacobs, Keeper of the Circle at Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre, Manitoba
  • Cost: $300 (or $320 with a certificate for 3.0 CEU units)

CE Seats: There are 10 continuing education seats available (A reading list is provided; there are no formal assignments)

This 30 hour (3 CEU unit) program provides an introduction to Indigenous culture in Turtle Island (North America) from the perspectives of Indigenous peoples of eastern Canada, particularly the Mi’kmaq, Malecite and Abenaki peoples of the Algonkin language family. Further learning will arise from engagement with the Bible, Indigenous history, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal People, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The course will be conducted as a Learning Circle according to the model of Indigenous education used within the Indigenous ministry training program at Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre in Beausejour, MB, where teachers and students are in a mutual process of learning and growth. Participants will be asked to share their own experiences in reference to material presented or in similar contexts dealing with similar issues and relationships. Indigenous ceremony will begin and end our time together and participation is completely voluntary.

About Adrian Jacobs

Adrian Jacobs is Cayuga First Nation of the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario. Adrian brings over thirty years’ experience in networking and training of ministry candidates and Aboriginal leaders for organizations in Canada and the United States.


To register or to request more information, please contact

Terri Brownell, Academic Assistant
Tel: 902-423-5592