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. 

Food security education visit to Malawi, Feb 2018
Are you interested in learning about food security, and link between hunger and climate change?  Would you like to see firsthand how Foodgrains Bank member projects promote food security for families and communities in Malawi?  Would you like to be an advocate for ending global hunger?  Canadian Foodgrains Bank is inviting applications for a Food Security Learning Visit to Malawi.  The United Church is a member of the CFGB.  See their website for more infoApplications will be accepted until January 7th, 2018

Reminder: youth ministry webinar series continues Jan 9, 2018
Deepen youth ministry and your own skills without ever leaving your house or your PJs!  United in Learning resumes its youth webinar series January 9th with “the importance of play and games”. February 13th will focus on faith and sexuality.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018, January 21 to 28
The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism is excited to announce the events of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018.  The week will run from Sunday, January 21 through Sunday, January 28.  Please take a moment to look at the events and perhaps pencil them into your schedule.  It will be a busy week with plenty of opportunity for fellowship and worship!  Event schedule.

M&P 101 – Save the Date – February 3, 2018
Calling all Ministry and Personnel Committee Members!  If you are a member of a Ministry and Personnel Committee, or someone who wants to find out more about the work of M&P Committees, please plan on attending the next M&P 101 Workshop!
M&P 101 is a workshop designed to assist Ministry and Personnel Committee members with understanding the UCC polity regarding the organization and responsibilities of an M&P Committee and to apply this to the particular context of participants’ pastoral charges/outreach ministries/other UCC communities of faith.
There have been several new UCC policies that came into effect July 1, 2017, that impact M&P Committees and the pastoral/employment relationship.  The upcoming M&P 101 workshop will include this information along with topics covering the roles and duties of M&P members, conflict resolution, support of ministry personnel and staff, annual reviews/ongoing feedback, employment legislation and UCC pastoral relations/workplace polity.
Workshop details: there will be limited number of spaces, so register soon.
When:  Sat., Feb. 3, 2018 beginning at 10 a.m. (9:30 a.m. registration) to 4:00 p.m.
Where:  McClure United Church, Saskatoon      Cost: to be determined
To Register: email Bev Diebert at  with details: how many are coming, name of each person and their dietary concerns.

Godly Play Core Training –Feb.3, Mar. 3 and April 21, 2018 (8:30am to 5pm) 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!

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: .  There will be an in-person Boundaries for Church Leaders training workshop April 26, 2018 in Saskatoon.  Further information 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.

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!  Poster and Registration form .  For more information, see their website.

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.

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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