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 for options. 

Mandatory Boundaries Training
All Ministry Personnel, Designated Lay Ministry (DLM) Applicants, Licenced Lay Worship Leaders (LLWLs), Candidates, Inquirers
The mandatory Boundaries for Church Leaders and the Boundaries: A Refresher for Church Leaders workshops can be accessed through the United In Learning website.
Boundaries Refresher: Finances & Gifts
   March 8, 2018 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm Eastern Time
Click HERE for information about all the boundaries courses
There will be an in-person Boundaries for Church Leaders training workshop April 26, 2018 in Saskatoon.  Further details will be sent out regarding this opportunity and others in the near future.  For further information, please contact Liz Mackenzie or Bev Diebert at the SK Conference Office.

Godly Play Core TrainingMar. 3 and April 21, 2018 (8:30 am to 5 pm) at First United Church in Wetaskiwin, AB.  Poster and brochure
Godly Play is a creative and discovery based approach to faith formation and spiritual development.  It encourages people of all ages to make meaning and connect with God through Biblical story, wondering, creative responses and community.  Come join the circle!  Can’t make all 3 sessions? Missed sessions can be made up within 2 years for full accreditation.  For more information, contact Ruth Lumax at or by calling 1-780-352-2157.  Cost: $125 per session or $350 for all three!

Love Yourself in ActionMarch 3 (1pm to 4pm) at Melrose Place (504 Broadway St. W. Yorkton).
You will learn: tools to begin letting go of habits that are no longer useful and increased compassion for yourself and those you love. Register at   Cost: $25

Iridesce: The Living Apology project worship and workshop – March 4, Grosvenor Park UC, Saskatoon. Facebook event link here.
As we approach the 30th anniversary of the 1988 decision that welcomed gays, lesbians, and bisexuals into full membership, come explore through conversation and art the United Church’s Living Apology process to LGBTQIA+ communities. Other workshop slots are available—please contact Julie at the Conference office for more info.

The Bully In The Building March 8, 2018 (10 am to 3 p.m. with Registration at 9:30 a.m.) at Westminster United Church, 3025 13th Ave., Regina
A workshop for M&P Committee members, Pastoral Charge Governance Leaders, and Ministry Personnel. 
Workshop Description: Most people would believe that in the Church we must love all people, regardless of their personality type.  In reality, our strength is quickly drained when we encounter relationships that are tough and involve a bullying dynamic.  Is there a way to manage these relationships well?  What does love for our neighbour look like when we encounter actions that constitute bullying?  What example has Jesus set for us in this regard?  This workshop will address these themes with candour and grace.  Included: an overview of the new UCC  Workplace Violence and Harassment Policy, July 2017
Workshop Facilitator:  Betty Pries is a highly regarded Conflict, Change, and Leadership Specialist with more than 20 years’ experience coaching, mediating, training, and consulting.  She is co-founder and CEO of Credence & Co., a Chartered Mediator with the ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Institute of Canada, a member of the ADR Institute of Ontario, and a regular instructor at the University of Waterloo. 
Betty focuses on enhancing the health and vitality of organizations and their leaders, working with complex challenges, transforming workplaces and organizations.  She has experience working with a wide variety of organizations, including those that are faith-based.  Over the years, Betty has facilitated many workshops for UCC clients at the General Council Office, conference, and presbytery levels. 
Cost: $25  (includes lunch, refreshments, and all handouts) 
This workshop is limited to 60 participants.  Please reserve your spot by contacting Bev Diebert at the SK Conference Office:  306-721-3311 or Registration deadline:  February 28, 2018.
This workshop is sponsored by the SK Conference Pastoral Relations/Settlement Committee.

Women of the United Church GatheringApril 6-8, St Andrew’s College, Saskatoon.
ALL women of the United Church are welcome!  Music, crafting, worship, and more.  Cost for entire weekend is $50 plus $10 for workshop supplies.  See the network blog for details.

Taste of SkylightApril 20-21 2018, Living Spirit Centre (3018 Doan Dr. Regina)
Come and get a flavour of Skylight Festival, a festival of Arts, Spirituality and Social Justice held in Paris ON, each summer.  This event planned jointly by Eastside United Church, Bread of Life Lutheran and St. Philip Anglican churches will provide the opportunity for you to experience the intersection of these elements of life through dynamic and engaging contributors.  Cost: Advance tickets are $25 for Adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for youth and young adults, and children are free.  Ticket price does not include lunch – a separate lunch ticket can be purchased, offered by Munch Café.  Explore new ways of being church and expressing our faith/spirituality.  Tickets at the door will be available for $30.  For more information contact:  See the Faith Formation blog for more details.

Atamiskākēwak National Gathering 2018 – April 23-28, Moose Jaw/ Treaty Four
A reconciliation-focused gathering of all people in a week of experiences, education, understanding, and fun, bridging the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. FREE. Please see their website for details; spread the word, and check back often for updates: 
Note: April 24th will focus on faith communities. Click here for more details.

It’s not too early to plan for the summer!!:
Learning On Purpose June 11 – 23 at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, BC
Being a faithful leader in a changing world means learning to be an agent of change.  Not just passive or accidental learning, but intentional learning.  Learning on Purpose is a practical, holistic, faith-based, learning community experience that will leave you feeling transformed.  Cost: $1,500.  For more information see:

Program in Ecumenical Studies & Formation – July 10 -13, 2018 at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Saskatoon
The Visiting Scholars are Rev. Dr. Sandra Beardsall and The Most Rev. Donald Bolen, both highly respected and active in ecumenism, nationally and internationally. Early Bird registration pricing is available until April 1, 2018!  Poster and Registration form.  For more information, see their website.

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. Hold the date info here.

Festival of FaithJuly 21-22, 2018 Oshawa ON, held as part of the 43rd General Council,

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.

Opportunities to learn about global partners at home: Throughout the spring 2018, Saskatchewan Conference will assist four Saskatchewan 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.

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:

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