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! It’s also a great way to break isolation and distance.  Here’s the latest; please include these in your bulletin so lay members know they’re welcome too!   See United in Learning  to register and also for more options. 

Upcoming webinars for you and your ministry
Short summary: There are lots: too many great options to list here. Prep for General Council, lots of great Stewardship opportunities, racial justice training, Boundaries training and refreshers, and more.  Please have a look at the full listFor Boundaries courses, be sure to put your name on the waiting list to be notified when new sessions are scheduled.

Program in Ecumenical Studies & Formation – July 10 -13, 2018 at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Saskatoon
The Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formation is a great learning tool for anyone interested in ecumenism.  There are no prerequisites and theological training is not required.
It is designed as a three-year program however, if you are unable commit to that, why not consider the introductory year?  You will gain a broadened understanding of ecumenism, instructed by both our visiting scholars and other local ecumenists.  Advanced years are not mandatory but are necessary if one would like to receive their certificate. 
As in previous years there will be a public event including Rev. Dr. Sandra Beardsall and The Most Rev. Donald Bolen, on Tuesday, July 10.
For more information on the program, please click here or to view the video alone click this link: .  Contact our office at or 306-653-1633.  Here is a Poster and Registration Form . 

Many Voices, One Song: Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble Annual Conference – July 13-15, 2018 at Royal York Road United Church, Toronto.
SK Conference is an Affirming Conference; join the national movement for learning, worship and community. All welcome, subsidies and billets available. Register here by June 30.

Festival of FaithJuly 21-22, 2018 Oshawa ON, held as part of the 43rd General Council
New details are being confirmed about the United Church’s Festival of Faith, which is kicking off the 43rd General Council, July 21-22, in Oshawa, ON.
This exciting event will include musical performances on multiple stages, a DJ, and lip-sync competition.  There will also be an artisan market with local artists and social enterprises, and amazing art displays, including stories and images of over 80 Embracing the Spirit projects.
You can also join us in the coffee house for a Community Innovation Challenge, open mic performances, storytelling, poetry, and more.
There will also be 25 inspiring workshops scheduled with faith-based leaders from across Canada.  Watch for details on these soon.
Kids and the young at heart will enjoy carnival games and bouncy castles for various ages. Challenge a friend, or the Moderator to tackle the super-fun 60-foot inflatable relay course.
All are welcome!  There is something for everyone at this exciting event!  Find out more about it in this interview with festival visionary David Moore.  Keep in touch with all the latest Festival of Faith news or let us know if you’re planning on coming on their Facebook page
Find out more at .  All are welcome, whether you are a GC43 commissioner or not.  We hope you will join us.

Skylight Festival – July 27-29, 2018 at Five Oaks Centre, Paris ON.
Nurturing a narrative of hope, joy and transformation, the Skylight Festival is a celebratory and creative space where diverse communities connect to explore arts, faith, peace and justice.

Ministry of Supervision courseOct. 22-26/18 & May 6-10/19 at Atlantic School of Theology
One of the most important ministries that congregations, hospitals and social ministries can offer is a setting for the supervision of students.  This Ministry of Supervision course prepares lay and clergy participants to effectively supervise Designated Lay Ministers, Ministry-based students, Interns and Field Education students or equivalents.  The Ministry of  Supervision course provides learning situations for participants to experience, practice and reflect up the skills and methods of supervision.  For more information, see the brochure and the information and application package.

Ministry of Church Office WorkersOct. 22 – 24 at Queen’s House of Retreats in Saskatoon.
During our time together we will focus on self care, participating in a yoga class, visioning work, discussing saving time and simplifying tasks and other group activities.   Those who have attended in previous years find this program to be rejuvenating and inspiring.  We realize that “we are not alone” – there are other church office workers out there, and we share much in common with each other.  Cost $350.  Invitation and Registration form .

Parliament of World Religions: November 1-7 2018, Toronto
The United Church is inviting Conferences to create delegations to attend this rare opportunity.  These global Parliament events are the world’s oldest, largest, and most inclusive gatherings of the global interfaith movement. “More than 10,000 people will participate in the 2018 Parliament, which will last for seven days and comprise more than 500 programs, workshops, and dialogues, alongside music, dance, art and photography exhibitions, and related events presented by the world’s religious communities and cultural institutions.”

Lester Randall Preaching Fellowship
Registration is now open for this year’s Lester Randall Preaching Fellowship being held from November 11-13 at Yorkminster Park in Toronto.
We are looking forward to this year’s event featuring among others, Rowan Williams, a former Archbishop of Canterbury who is also one of the great voices of today’s church.  To discover the full line up of speakers, preachers and workshop leaders go visit
Our theme, Reaching and Preaching for Peace, grows out of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War One on Nov. 11, but as you will see from many of the workshops and leaders, the theme launches us into a number of inspiring and hopeful directions.
This gathering of clergy from numerous denominations and backgrounds has led to memorable conversations, treasured friendships and perhaps an extra pound or two thanks to our wonderful common meals.  And yes, our chef, Donnie, will be back and we hope you will be too!  Why not register today and take advantage of the early registration discount.

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

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