Happy New Year!

The announcements for this first week of January 2018 include:

  1. Condolences – Rev. J. Edward (Bud) S. Tarrant
  3. Prayer Bench Subscription Packages Save Money
  4. More Than Friends Marriage Preparation for Leaders and Couples
  5. Pine Hill Continuing Education Bursary 2018-2019
  6. The Reconciliation Journey

1. Condolences – Rev. J. Edward (Bud) S. Tarrant

We extend our sympathy to the family of Rev. Bud Tarrant, of Harmony, NS,  who passed away on December 23, 2017.  No further details are known at this time but will be communicated as they become available.


LEARNING UNIT 2:  Wilderness and Wonder


Friday February 9, 5:30 p.m. – Sunday February 11, 2:30 p.m.

at Tatamagouche Centre

LLWL Program Information: Contact Robyn at llwlatlantic@gmail.com

Click here for poster.

3. Prayer Bench Subscription Packages Save Money


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  • Order once and receive notice as each resource is ready.
  • The resources are yours forever. Use them when you need them.
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See what’s NEW in the packages this year. Learn more and read testimonials. https://prayerbench.ca/2018-subscription-packages/

4. More Than Friends Marriage Preparation for Leaders and Couples


More Than Friends Video series continues to receive positive reviews from couples.

Preview one of the videos from the series.

Share the link to the web page with Board Members and have a conversation about purchasing the More Than Friends Leaders Package for your congregation.


View a video from the series, learn more and order here: https://morethanfriends.live/blog/

5. 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.

Click here for details and guidelines.

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 marthamartin2687@gmail.com to register or for more information.