Here are some links to other Maritime Conference blogs.
- Steve Berube, Observer with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) of the World Council of Churches.
- Words of Faith, sessions by Rev. Wendy Kean, member of the Maritime Conference Christian Life & Growth Committee
Bev Brazier is a United Church Minister presently serving in Whitehorse in the Yukon. She served in Maritime Conference for many years. I’m doing some research, and inviting you to consider taking part. YOU are ministry personnel or lay people active in congregations in 1988. The background is this: it’s now been 25 years since 1988 and the conversation the United Church had at that time about ordaining self-declared homosexual people. (Can you believe it’s been that long???). As a result, I’ve been in conversation...read more
On May 2, at the national gathering of Diaconal Ministers of the United Church of Canada held recently in Tatamagouche, NS, Jessie MacLeod was honoured as a Companion of the Centre for Christian Studies(CCS). Wherever she has lived, Jessie MacLeod’s ministry of justice making and her extension of hospitality serve as major themes, and have earned her the affectionate, if unofficial, title: “Diaconal minister extraordinaire.” Throughout her ministry, Jessie possessed the gift of integrating education, pastoral care, social justice,...read more
We’ve Hit the Roots By Amelia MacDougall-Fleming Amelia is a Grade 8 student at Marshview Middle School in Sackville, NB. She shared this reflection as part of the Earth Sunday service at Sackville United Church. Amelia is also a member of the SPY (Spiritual Practices for Youth) Group. When I was younger my sisters and I would play under a big pine tree in our backyard. At the bottom of the tree there was this big branch that would droop down and create a sort of wall and form a room under the tree. Almost everyday we would go to this...read more
Lenten Outings Shared by Rev. Ali Smith, Forest Hill United Church At Forest Hill United Church, we did something different for the Season of Lent this year. Typically, we have a four to six week study of some sort during this time period. But we put that aside to focus on some spiritual practices and to get outside the walls of the church building. Our Lenten theme was “Living with Intention.” During worship, we talked about trying to be more aware of seeing God in the world and in our lives and being more intentional in our...read more
By Noah Richardson Lenten Worship Service - February, 2013 Get Planting As friends in Christ we have gathered to celebrate God’s presence as we journey through lent together. I thought it would be appropriate to lead you in a prayer of centering and reflection. I hope these words help you capture the immense gift God gives us through the light of Christ and through God’s love. Friends, let us pray. Guiding God, you are the light that goes with us, the light that shines on us, the light that...read more
Here is what one grad is saying about the Altantic Jubilee Program in Spiritual Deepening & Spiritual Guidance. “I am very pleased I took this program. I knew I was drawn to it for a (at the time, unknown) reason. Of all the courses I have taken on theology, this has had had the most personal and significant impact on who I am as a spiritual being. It has had many wonderful God filled moments, and many challenges. I was exposed to more than I ever anticipated or imagined. I enjoyed the thoughtful and often provocative, readings and...read more
Thrill of Hope: the Christmas Story in Word and Art - An Advent Study presented by the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and Moreshouse Education Resources. This 50-minute DVD-based study presents the familiar story of Christmas as told in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Each scripture passage is illustrated and interpreted in the stunning artwork of John August Swanson along with commentary by some of America’s premier biblical scholars, names such as Dr. Thomas A. Long, Dr. Michael Joseph Brown, Dr. Carol A. Newsom and...read more
1. What part of General Council did you like best? I had the privilege of attending Council as Chaplain for the Youth Forum. 75 young people (aged 15-20) participated in the Forum and among the highlights were: Pilgrimage through downtown Ottawa with Moderator Mardi and 1st Nations elders; our very own Flash Mob on Parliament Hill; talking with EIGHT (yes 8) former moderators about the highlights of their terms; visit to the Sex Exhibit at Museum of Science; visit to the Gods Exhibit at Museum of Civilization; YF version of the...read more
In Honour of the 50th Celebration of the UCW By Janice MacLean, Conference Minister for Christian Nurture I was fortunate in September to be present at two UCW 50th Anniversary celebrations. A gathering at Grant United Church, Lake Ainslie NS, celebrated with a candle-lighting ceremony, a re-enactment of a meeting in 1962 and an honouring of many charter UCW members from the area. On a beautiful Saturday a couple of weeks later I shared the day with the Chignecto Presbyterial UCW. They also celebrated in liturgy and with a cake On both...read more
Meggin King, Truro Presbytery In response to your four questions: 1. What did I like best? Being immersed in the “UCC culture”, surrounded by UCC folk from across Canada. 2. What part of GC was most important? Building relationship through both business and social gatherings. 3. What part of GC moved me in a special way? Seeing the video of transgendered clergywoman Ruth Wood. I knew Ruth when she was Terry. I was a bridesmaid 35 years ago when Terry married Anne, and I had no idea that Terry was now Ruth. It moved me to...read more