The announcements for this week include:
- Condolences – Rev. Willard Lyons
- Conference Christmas Staff Party – December 14th
- Archives Maternity Leave
- Archives and Artefact Beacon Newest Edition
- Staff News
- The Reconciliation Journey
- Maritime Conference Heritage Commemorations
- Pine Hill Continuing Education Bursary 2018-2019
- Promoting Wellness and EFAP to Employees and Employers
1. Condolences – Rev. Willard Lyons
Sympathy is extended to the Rev. Keith Lyons on the death of his father, the Rev. Willard B. Lyons, who passed away on Sunday, December 10th. Visitation will take place at Boiestown United Church on Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 10 am to 11 am, followed by a Memorial Service at 11 am with Pastor Brian Curtis officiating. Full obituary is online here.
2. Conference Christmas Staff Party – December 14th
The Conference Office will close at 12:00 pm on Thursday December 14th for the Staff Christmas party. Merry Christmas everyone!
3. 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 email@example.com, or 506-536-1334 to make arrangements.
4. Archives and Artefact Beacon Newest Edition
Blessed Advent and Merry Christmas! The newest edition of the Archives and Artefact Beacon is here! Click here for link.
5. Staff News
Lorraine Horyl, after 27 years of faithful service, has indicated her intention to retire as of December 31, 2017. Lorraine has provided exemplary service in a variety of areas over her time with Maritime Conference, but it is certainly in the area of support for the Conference Personnel Minister and the work of Pastoral Relations that she is best known. As Presbyteries and Pastoral Charges have wrestled with the delicate work of finalizing changes in ministry personnel, Lorraine has provided gentle and persistent support and direction. We will miss her, even as she enjoys her well-earned retirement! There will be a time for recognition and appreciation for Lorraine at the Conference Annual Meeting in May, 2018.
Given the current state of transition in the United Church organizational structure, Lorraine’s position will not be immediately filled. Rather, administrative work will be redistributed among our current Conference staff. Further details will be provided once they are finalized.
6. 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.
Please contact Martha Martin firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more information.
7. Maritime Conference Heritage Commemorations
Check it out! Three new Maritime Conference Heritage Commemorations are up on The United Church Heritage Website! Click here.
8. Pine Hill Continuing Education Bursary 2018-2019
Annually, Pine Hill Divinity Hall at the Atlantic School of Theology offer a Continuing Education bursary for which Ordered Ministers may apply.
Applications must be made by February 1st, 2018 before commencement of study.
9. 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
Lifespeak – Launch postcard and launch email