Here are some links to other Maritime Conference blogs.

Roger Janes – Stewardship & Gifts United Church of Canada A Journey Through Faith Common Ground Reflections: A Video Blog Steve Berube, Palestine/Israel Observer Reflections from Mining Study Tour Guatemala My Window on God’s World

Room at the Inn

Posted by on Jun 27, 2013 in Blogs | 0 comments

Room at the Inn

Room at the Inn for 67 Strangers, 5 Vans, Lights, Sound System, Costumes Submitted by Henry Ellswoth A month ago Lutheran Pastor Todd Mattson was pulling out what was left of his 53 year old hair. His ecumenical youth theatre group was about to set out on a 15-day tour of the Northeast United States and the Canadian Maritimes and he had one very large hole in his schedule. There was no venue in the city the participants were most excited to see, Halifax. Pastor Mattson sent emails to the regional bodies of the Lutheran, Anglican and United...

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Once Upon a Time

Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in President's Blog | 0 comments

Once Upon a Time

Earlier this month I spent a week in Truro, at the annual Atlantic Seminar in Theological Education (ASTE) event. For those unfamiliar with it, this is a wonderful week, held each year for the last 45 years, with a different theme each year. Every years since I’ve lived in the Maritimes — almost ten years, now– I’ve thought about going. Different speakers, different foci, different attendees. Ecumenical, and inter-faith. It all sounded so interesting! And each year, something else has interfered with my being able to...

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So there I was… An introduction of sorts.

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in President's Blog | 0 comments

So there I was… An introduction of sorts.

So there I was, minding my own business at a regular Presbytery meeting, over a year ago, when Fran Fiddes turned to me and said, “Why don’t YOU run for Conference President?” Well, truth be told, I wasn’t exactly minding my own business. As Chair of Truro Presbytery at the time, I was in the process of chairing the meeting. We’d just had a presentation from David Hewitt, Conference Executive Secretary, and he’d  mentioned that there were no applicants for Conference President at that time. The rest, as...

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Call to Participants for Research Project

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Blogs | 0 comments

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...

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Jessie MacLeod Honoured

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Blogs, Notices | 0 comments

Jessie MacLeod Honoured

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,...

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"We've Hit the Roots"

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Blogs | 0 comments

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...

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“We’ve Hit the Roots”

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Blogs | 0 comments

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...

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Lenten Outings

Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in Blogs, Newsletters | 0 comments

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...

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Get Planting

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Blogs | 0 comments

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...

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Testimony: The Atlantic Jubilee Program in Spiritual Deepening & Spiritual Guidance

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Blogs, Events | Comments Off on Testimony: The Atlantic Jubilee Program in Spiritual Deepening & Spiritual Guidance

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...

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