Upcoming Conferences, Webinars & Workshops

There are great regional and national events coming up in Saskatchewan Conference and beyond!  They are listed in order of date.

Online education is also a great option for you and your ministry! Check out upcoming webinars:  United in Learning: including Mission and Service/ stewardship conversations Sept 18-19. See also: The Edge webinars.

Opportunities to learn about global partners at home: Throughout the fall of 2017 and winter/ spring 2018, SK Conference will assist four SK people who have been recent guests and personnel with global partners in Cuba, Kenya, Korea, and Palestine/ Israel to share their stories in worship, workshops, and at Presbytery. Get in touch with Laura Sundberg or Julie Graham to find out how your ministry can host these stories and storytellers.

Affirm United / S’affirmer Ensemble Annual Conference & AGM  July 28-30, 2017 ~ Vancouver, BC
Affirm United is a United Church partner which works to welcome all people of all sexual orientations and gender identities into the church. All are welcome to their 2017 annual conference, shared in partnership with St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church and its wonderful Spirit Pride conference. Spirit Pride precedes Vancouver Pride, which takes place over the August long weekend. Watch for more details. For now: save the date!

Learning on Purpose: Changing Leadership for a Changing World – August 14 – 25 at the Centre for Christian Studies.CCS logo 2017
Learning on Purpose is a practical, holistic, faith-based, learning-in-community experience that will leave you feeling transformed. If you’re someone looking for continuing education to deepen your ministry practice, a lay person ready to take on more leadership in your congregation, or someone discerning a call, Learning on Purpose is for you.  The Learning on Purpose course can be taken as part of the Diaconal Ministries program at CCS, as an accepted prerequisite for the Designated Lay Ministry program, or as a stand-alone course.  Tuition is $1450 (bursaries may be available). For more information, visit or email

Rendez-vous 2017!   August 16-19, 2017 ~ Concordia University, Montreal
Please save the date for Rendez-vous 2017 – a national gathering of youth, young adults, and their leaders.  Registration will open March 1, 2017, and close June 30, 2017. Early bird: $325 (until May 30, 2017). Regular: $360 (May 31, 2017–June 30, 2017).

Take Time to be Holy
All Women of the United Church are invited to attend the Women’s Retreat at Camp Tapawingo at Candle Lake from August 26 to 28.  Registration is $30 plus an additional $32.50 for those who want to golf nine holes (includes cart).  Cheques to be made out to Tamarack Presbyterial and mailed to Mary Mohn at Box 561, Birch Hills Sask. S0J 0G0 or E-mail:  DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS AUGUST 15.  
Please bring an item for the Silent Auction (monetary donations gratefully accepted if you prefer) with all proceeds to Camp Tapawingo.  The tentative agenda and registration form are available in the May Newsletter of the WUC Communication Site

St. Andrew’s College Here is a list of 2017-2018 Academic Year courses being offered.  For more information, please contact Greg Torwalt, St. Andrew’s College – Registrar at

Ever Wonder Conference   September 1 – 3, 2017 – Southminster – Steinhauer United Church, Edmonton, AB  This “expansive spirituality” event is for those who are open to exploring new sources of wisdom and learning from one another.  We are excited about our great presenters and our theme speaker Gretta Vosper. There will be great music, good food and lots of opportunity to get to know one another better. We do hope you can join us. For full information go to the conference website.   Brochure     Meewasin Valley United is organizing a bus or shared rides. Please contact them via their website if interested. 

Annual gathering, United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel   September 8-10, St Benedict’s Retreat Centre, Winnipeg.   Workshops, discussion, presentations on children’s human rights; economic advocacy; how to have difficult conversations; and much more. All welcome.

A Conversation about Race, Discrimination and the Mission of The United Church of Canada   October 4-6, 2017  Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton.   Hosted by Alberta-NW Conference. Info and registration:

Banff Men’s Conference 2017   October 13 – 15, 2017 – Canmore, AB   Poster
Although this will be the 63rd consecutive year that men of the United Church and beyond have met in the mountains, each Banff Men’s Conference is a new and unique experience.
The 2017 BMC keynote speaker, Dr David Long (professor of sociology – Kings University, Edmonton), will spark conversations around the questions like What is most important to us? and How is this reflected in how we will in relation God and our neighbours?
Men, you are invited to enjoy the beauty of Canmore, experience great fellowship, find rejuvenation, sing and worship together and be challenged in your mind and soul.
Conference Cost (including meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday): $275
Accommodation is extra (can be arranged with the conference centre starting at $149 per room per night).  For registration and other information see    See the BMC 2017 Brochure for more details

Celebrating Spirit Fall Event – Our Journey Toward Hope   October 20 – 22, 2017 – Meewasin Valley United Church (St. Andrew’s College) Saskatoon.
More info here; event schedule here.    Poster.

The Lester Randall Preaching Fellowship   October 22 – 24, 2017 – Toronto, ON
The Lester Randall Preaching Fellowship is now in its fourth year.  The 2017 conference will be held from Sunday evening until Tuesday afternoon.  You will experience compelling speakers, learning sessions and fellowship.  Registration for the 2017 conference is now open.  Early Bird Specials are available if registering before July 31 or September 30.  You can read about this year’s line up of speakers and workshop leaders here.

Conversations with John Pentland   St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon.  October 25-26, 2017
Join the national Designated Lay Ministry Cohort in spending two days with John Pentland, Minister at Hillhurst United, Calgary & author of Fishing Tips: How Curiosity Transformed a Community of Faith.  Space is limited. More detailed event and registration information will be available in August.   Co-hosted by the Faith Formation Network, SK Conference.

Meeting Jesus at Messy Church – The Messy Church ConferenceOctober 26 & 27, 2017 at Wycliffe College, 5 Hoskin Ave. Toronto, ON
Join Lucy Moore (founder) & Martyn Payne from the UK and Messy Church-ers from across Canada for our first exciting conference – for those who do Messy Church and those with no experience! Come join the fun!   For more information, please see the website 

Luxurious Retreat for your Mind, Body & Soul   October 27 – November 5, 2017
Marble Canyon Resort & Spa Fairmont Hot Springs, BC.  Please see the brochure for full details and to register.   

LGBTQ+ couples’ retreat, Unitarian congregation of Saskatoon. November 24-26  Join Brian Mitchell-Walker and the wider community as we explore how LGBTQ+ couples can deepen their relationships.  More details to come.

Swan Valley Community CPE offers a special focus on rural community spiritual care issues. Ministry sites include acute, long term, outpatient and mental health. Sites are also available at the Yorkton Health Centre in Saskatchewan. The theme of the program is pilgrimage and seeks to connect the spiritual to our relationship with land, extended family culture and community. Students have an opportunity to learn from leaders and elders from First Nations.   For more details see their brochure.

Swan Valley Community CPE is located in the town of Swan River Manitoba which is located in Midwestern Manitoba. For further information and application forms please contact Supervisor Margaret McCallum Box 27 Kenville, Manitoba R0L 0Z0  Email:,  Cell 306-594-4079

When considering what you want to do for your continuing education time, you might check out some of the educational opportunities on these websites:

Want to add an event? Email Julie Graham, Conference education staff, at


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