The announcements for this week include:

  1. Conference Staff Retreat Day and Workshop
  2. Minutes of Conference Online
  3. The Four Men Concert Tour “Songs of Hope, Love, and Inspiration” – Mission and Service Fundraiser
  4. Conference Annual Meeting Evaluation
  5. Kenya Pilgrimage
  6. Interested in attending Rendez-Vous 2017?
  7. Ready to take your french language skills to the next level?
  8. Continuing Education Opportunity at Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax
  9. AST appoints Academic Dean for 3-year term
  10. Invitation to Vital Church Maritimes 2017 – UCC

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. Minutes of Conference Online

You can now find the Minutes of Conference and Digest of Actions online for the 92nd Annual Meeting.

3. The Four Men Concert Tour  “Songs of Hope, Love, and Inspiration” – 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

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, NS

Saturday June 10th, 7:30pm – Sharon United Church, Tatamagouche, NS

4. 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)

5. Kenya Pilgrimage

In March 2017, David Hewitt and Ross Sherwood joined a pilgrimage, with 15 other United Church of Canada members, and travelled to Kenya, Africa. This pilgrimage was sponsored by Mission & Service with the intent to see how the UCC M&S partners are working in Kenya. David and Ross have many stories to share with you all about how our M&S dollars are being used and the importance. They have pictures and stories to share. If you would like to hear more about this pilgrimage, please contact David and/or Ross to work out a time for one of us to come and share with your group, congregation or Presbytery. Please reach out to us.


David Hewitt                                               Ross Sherwood                       
506-536-1334                                               506-654-1444

6. Interested in attending Rendez-Vous 2017?

Register at

Join the bus travelling from the Maritimes! Sign up today to reserve your seat

7. 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).

8. Continuing Education Opportunity at Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax

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

9. AST appoints Academic Dean for 3-year term

From the President’s Office . . .

It is with great pleasure that I tell you Rev. Dr. Robert Fennell will be continuing as AST’s Academic Dean for a full term of three years, ending June 30, 2020.  As you know, Rob has been Acting Academic Dean since January 1, 2017 and it is good to know that he will be continuing to provide academic leadership at AST in this way.

Prior to finalizing Rob’s appointment, a committee carried out an intensive review of the Academic Dean position description for the first time since 2010.  A number of clarifications and amendments were made in order to bring this key document up to date.

Rob has been doing an excellent job in the acting role and brings real talents for strategic thinking, organizing and implementing.  He has quickly become an effective member of the senior leadership team of the university where his natural bent for collaboration and consultation has become so evident.  Having taught for over ten years now at AST, Rob has stepped into this leadership role out of a love for the university and a commitment to creative and high quality academic programs.

In July and August 2017 Rob will be completing his planned sabbatical leave and taking vacation.  During those months Rev. Dr. David MacLachlan will once again be Interim Academic Dean.  I am so grateful to David for agreeing to do this as a service to the university as he did last Fall.  David’s depth of experience with the role means that he is able to be effective in it essentially from day one and this is important for the short term coverage we need this Summer.

Please join with me in expressing our congratulations and thanks to Rev. Dr. Robert Fennell and Rev. Dr. David MacLachlan.

Rev. Neale Bennet
Atlantic School of Theology

10. Invitation to Vital Church Maritimes 2017 – UCC

This is a personal and official invitation to all lay and clergy leaders from Maritime Conference (United Church) to our 4th annual Vital Church Maritimes 2017 conference.

WHAT: A 3-day learning event focused on mission and Fresh Expressions of Church (planting). Hear inspiring stories of hope and share ideas for starting new faith communities. Discuss, dream and design ways to create vital congregations and reach out to newcomers.

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 21 to Saturday, Sept. 23

WHERE: Holiday Inn, Truro, NS

WHO: Keynote speaker is The Rev’d. Canon Phil Potter, the Archbishops’ Missioner and Fresh Expressions Team Leader in the Church of England. Phil was vicar of St Mark’s, Haydock, Merseyside, for 20 years, leading and pastoring the church through many transitions; later serving as Director of Pioneer Ministry in the Diocese of Liverpool.

MORE INFO:  See the brochure attached and also our Diocesan website for registration details.

We would dearly love to have some of your leaders join us!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Rev. Lisa G. Vaughn

Parish Vitality Coordinator
Diocese of Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island
902-420-0717, Ext.# 1169