The announcements for this last week of November include:

  1. Condolences – Dr. Philip D. Muirhead
  2. Biennial United Church Men’s event
  3. Youth Forum Seeking Facilitators
  4. AST Continuing Education Events
  5. Promoting Wellness and EFAP to Employees and Employers

1. Condolences – Dr. Philip Muirhead

Our deepest sympathy is extended to Wendy Muirhead and family on the death of her husband, Dr. Philip D. Muirhead who passed away on November 12th. The Celebration of Life service was held at First United Church, Musquodoboit Harbour on November 20th, with the Rev. Joan Griffin presiding. Wendy is a past-president of Maritime Conference.

Obituary can be found at

2. Biennial United Church Men’s event

Calling all United Church Men to mark this date! Saturday, April 21, 2018, and take note that United Church Men of Maritime Conference is hosting our biennial Men’s Event in Amherst. Our guest speaker in April will be the Reverend Dr. Ross Lockhart from the Vancouver School of Theology.  Ross is a dynamic, informative and thought performing speaker, a great story teller and a real visionary for the United Church, who has something important and valuable to say to the Church today.  Keep posted to the Conference Announcements for more details on Ross’ topic, our theme for this year, and for times and other relevant details. We are calling on all United Church Men to be sure and circle Saturday April 21st on your calendar,plan to attend and bring a friend to this exciting event.

3. Youth Forum Seeking Facilitators

Maritime Conference Youth Forum is looking for some folks who are enthusiastic about youth ministry to be home group facilitators at the Spring 2018 Youth Forum event, which coincides with the Annual Meeting of Maritime Conference scheduled for May 24-27, 2018.

You would spend four faith-filled and inspirational days with youth between Grade 10 and age 19.  It is a transformational experience for youth and facilitators alike.

In addition to being fully present at the event itself, facilitators must be available for a training weekend in Halifax (likely the last or second-to-last weekend of April).

Apply online at the following site:

Deadline for applications is Friday, December 22, 2017.

More information on being a Youth Forum facilitator can be obtained from Larry Hale (Chair of the YF Planning Team) at

4. AST Continuing Education Events

Two continuing education programs are coming up which have been developed in response to some of the needs identified by the AST Founders.  Both are focused on equipping clergy and lay people with change management and leadership skills needed to move parishes and communities forward in a time of great uncertainty.  They are aligned with AST’s mission to “shape faithful and effective leaders.”


The first is titled Inspired Leadership:  What’s Love Got To Do With It? and this is being offered on January 13, 2018 at the President’s Lodge on AST campus.  The poster for this session is attached.


The second is a change leadership course which follows the “Transitions” framework developed by William Bridges.  It is called “Transitions:  Making Sense and Finding Peace with Change Transitions:  Making Sense and Finding Peace with Change.”  This is the first of a multi-module program and it will take place on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the President’s Lodge on AST campus.  Attached is a detailed outline of this program as well as the poster.

5.  Promoting Wellness and EFAP to Employees and Employers

Support resources for United Church ministry personnel, employees and families.


New tools are being offered by the United Church of Canada to support our leadership and employees to assist with issues of stress and emotional health as well as other possible debilitating life situations.

Below are links to allow you to see these resources.  Please share this information with your clergy and lay employees.

May your Advent journey be filled with Peace, Hope, Joy & Love.


EFAP – December newsletter attached or available at:

Lifespeak – Launch postcard and launch email (

See Attached Postcards – English postcard; French postcard