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Eastern Regional Fall Gathering

October 31, 2014 - November 2, 2014

‘Frightened of the Future? Congregations adapting to Change’

Program streams include: theme-based ministry, social justice, music, and welcoming newcomers into meaningful spiritual community.

There will also be a Halloween themed social event, children’s programming and more. Registration is now open.

Click here for the Save the Date poster.


Friday Oct. 31, 2014

  • 7-9 p.m. Registration and Informal Meet and Mingle (connect with Home Hospitality hosts)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • 9:00 a.m. Registration
  • 9:45 a.m. Welcoming and Gathering Worship
  • 10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
  • 10:30 a.m. Program Streams Please note all programs run in the morning and afternoon:
  • 12:30 p.m. Lunch, Displays and Networking
  • 1:30 p.m. Program Streams
  • 3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break
  • 3:45 p.m. CUC updates & Board Dialogue (1.5 hour)
  • 6:00 p.m. Hosted group dinners are being organized. Join a Haligonian, along with other UUs. to visit their favourite restaurant. (Participants will be able to sign up before noon, on the day of the event.)
  • 8:00 All Halloween Social (karaoke, costumes encouraged [supplies will be available], socializing)

Sunday November 2nd, 2014

  • 10:30 a.m. Worship
  • 11:45 Lunch & Goodbyes


Click here to register for:

Regular* – Early bird: $95 / After Oct 8th: $135/ After Oct 24th: $185
Price includes Friday Program, Program and Lunch on Saturday, as well as morning and afternoon refreshments. Sunday lunch.
*Accommodation, Breakfasts and Dinners are not included

Childcare, Children’s Program** – $10
**Under 12 program Includes: Program and Saturday lunch and snacks and Sunday lunch.

***Note: Subsidies are available. Apply here.


Registration closes:

  • October 24th  for Adults (After Oct. 24th please check with Linda Thomson, linda@cuc.ca, CUC Congregational Development staff, regarding availability).
  • October 24th for Childcare, Children’s Program & Jr. Youth.



  • The Westin Nova Scotian – 10 min walk to church, route passes by Tim Hortons, 5 min walk to Seaport Farmers market rooms as low as $145 / night for seniors or CAA members, otherwise $150 http://www.thewestinnovascotian.com/  1-888-627-8553
  • The Waverly Inn – historic inn 12 min walk to church- has five rooms available for $119 to $159 per night including breakfast. http://waverleyinn.com/ 1-800-565-9346
  • Four Points by Sheraton Halifax – 20 min walk to church, $125 / night if booked and paid in advance on internet (non-refundable) fourpointshalifax.com 1-866-716-8133
  • Lord Nelson – elegant older but refurbished hotel across the street from the Public Gardens  Its web site list rooms starting at $135 but internet hotel sites have rooms as low as $100 on offer.  A 25 min walk to church, passes a couple of independent coffee shops and Tim Hortons is a one block detour.  lordnelsonhotel.ca   1-800-565-2020

Available on best effort basis. To register billeting request or billeting availability please use the check boxes on the registration form


The following link has information about a variety of transportation options to and from the airport; http://hiaa.ca/transportation/

Here is a summary of the information:

  • Taxi fare to and from the airport is $63 each way.
  • The airport shuttle is $22 one way, $40 return. You need to book and purchase your ticket on the internet at least 35 minutes prior to departure.  This service currently operates 7 trips / day as a shuttle and 5 as an extension of their inter urban express bus service. maritmebus.com/en/halifaxairport.asp
  • Metro Transit services the airport on an hourly basis, fare is $3.50, exact change required. The service is largely and express service and takes about an hour to downtown.

Children’s Program

  • Child Care <5 years (Events Release Form must be completed)
  • Children’s Program 5-12 (Events Release Form must be completed)
    • Our younger guests from ages 5 and upward are invited to join us for a day of seasonal observation and reverie. We’ll be exploring the origins and traditions behind Halloween, Samhain, All Souls’ Day and Día de Muertos. While learning about the origins behind this mysterious and magical time of year, we’ll be enjoying a variety of games, activities and culinary delights. Meals are included, please alert us of any food allergies.

Adult Program

  • Theme Based Ministry – helping participants understand how congregations can, with or without a minister, large or small, use Theme-Based Ministry to help members deepen their relationship with the congregation and our tradition
  • Social Justice – how can we live our values and principles in our communities and the world and how can we make ourselves better known while we are at it.
  • Music: A Pathway – Music is a powerful way that members, of all theological perspectives can connect, with the deeper parts of themselves. Music and singing get beyond language and helps us to build community. Learn more and make music with others while you are at it.
  • Beyond Friendly: How your congregation can invite people into meaningful spiritual community – People often say they aren’t sure why those who visit their congregations don’t come back or stay around for long. Participants in this stream will consider the needs of those we’ve not yet met and how they can respond.


October 31, 2014
November 2, 2014
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Canadian Unitarian Council
(888) 568-5723


Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax
5500 Inglis St
Halifax, NS B3H 1J8 Canada
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