The announcements for this week include:

  1. Archives Maternity Leave
  2. Youth Forum Seeking Facilitators
  3. The Reconciliation Journey
  4. Promoting Wellness and EFAP to Employees and Employers
  5. Biennial United Church Men’s event
  6. AST Continuing Education Events

1. Archives Maternity Leave 

Maritime Conference is pleased to announce the December 6 arrival of Nahee Alice Hann, 5 lbs 15 oz, daughter of Conference Archivist Sarah Wallace and her husband Hun. Our best wishes to Sarah, Hun and Nahee Alice at this exciting time in their lives as a family! Sarah will be taking maternity leave until next June. Former Archivist Judith Colwell has agreed to fill in on a part-time basis during Sarah’s leave, and will attend to any urgent research requests. The Conference Office will still be able to receive records for the Archives at any time. Please contact Reception at, or 506-536-1334 to make arrangements.

2. 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

3. The Reconciliation Journey                                             

Date: March 9, 7:00 pm – March 11, 2:00 pm

Place: Seton Spirituality Centre, Terrance Bay, NS

Cost: $420 residential (accommodation and meals)

$360 commuter (lunch and dinner Saturday, lunch Sunday)

The focus of the residential will be to gain a deeper understanding and experience of reconciliation from a faith perspective, using Northern Ireland and the work of Corrymeela as a backdrop against which to explore the subject. The overarching purpose of the residential is to explore reconciliation in the Canadian context: from the personal to the political. Multi-disciplinary in nature, the residential will create a weave of learning from the following: Biblical texts; History and practice of the Corrymeela Community; Theoretical models of reconciliation; Spiritual practices – worship, prayer, ritual, contemplation. Come to learn, to engage, to be changed.


Paul Hutchinson is the Founder/Director of Imagined Spaces, a company specializing in Mediation, Training and Creative Responses to Community Relations. Paul is the former Director of Corrymeela (the oldest Peace and Reconciliation Centre in Northern Ireland) and is currently a member of the NI Parades Commission (a quasi-judicial Arbitration and Mediation body.) Paul is a Visiting Professor at the Schulich School of Law, and the Atlantic School of Theology, and has a professional background in mediation, therapy and the arts. He is an award-winning documentary film-maker, poet, story-teller and retreat leader.

Martha Martin is a Diaconal Minister in the United Church of Canada. Her past ministry positions have included University Chaplain and Program Staff at Tatamagouche Centre. Her present position is Intentional Interim Minister at St. John’s United Church in Halifax. In 2011 she was a mid-term volunteer at Corrymeela and since then has hosted a number of group visits back. She is the author of the UCC 2017 Lenten study book, Parables, Prayers, and Promises and also teaches in the certificate programs at the Atlantic School of Theology.

Diana Ginn is a member of Hope United Church in Halifax, and a professor at the Schulich School of law, Dalhousie University, where she teaches courses in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Law and Religion. Her research and writing also includes issues relating to Aboriginal rights in Canada. Diana has co-facilitated (along with Martha and Paul) two groups from Halifax who visited the Corrymeela Centre for a week-long exploration of reconciliation.

4. 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

5. 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.

6. 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.