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. 
Boundaries for Church Leaders Webinars:
Introductory Course: Boundary Issues for Church Leaders – May 5, 2018
Boundaries Refresher: Social Media – June 5
Boundaries Refresher: Finances & Gifts – June 7, 2018
Racial Justice WorkshopSaturday April 28, 2018

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 (with an all-SK team!), Boundaries training and refreshers, and more.  Please have a look at the full list

Taste of SkylightApril 20-21 2018, Living Spirit Centre (3018 Doan Dr. Regina)  Poster
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.

Saskatoon Shines with Solar
Educate, inspire and equip for Solar Power in Central Saskatchewan.  Empowering you to transition to solar energy in your homes, schools, business and churches.  Come find out more information: April 21 from 1:00PM to 3:30pm at St. Martin’s United Church, (2617 Clarence Ave. S)  Featuring: Peter Prebble (Sask Solar Co-op) and Kevin Hudson (Saskatoon Light & Power).  For more information contact:  (Churches for Environmental Action).

Atamiskākēwak National Gathering 2018: “Shaking hands in greeting with each other” – April 23-28, Moose Jaw/ Treaty Four
This will be a week of education, cultural understanding and training and addressing the present complexities that exist in this country with regards to Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Please see their website for details.  On Tuesday April 24, the day will focus on faith communities and action; you can attend only this day if you wish. Details here.

Mandatory Boundaries Training -THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL
A Boundaries for Church Leaders training workshop will be held on April 26, 2018 at St. Martin’s United Church (2617 Clarence Ave.) in Saskatoon.  The workshop will begin at 10:00 am and conclude around 4 pm  This workshop is for Ministry Personnel, Designated Lay Ministry (DLM) Applicants, Licenced Lay Worship Leaders (LLWLs), Candidates, or Inquirers.  Cost: $15.  

Workshop for Congregational Officers of the Court Dealing with Sexual Misconduct
If an incident of misconduct is alleged to have been committed by your ministry personnel, the responsible court of the church is the presbytery. If, however, the abuse is alleged to have been committed by a member, adherent or lay employee of your congregation, then the official Board (or its equivalent) in your congregation would be the responsible court of the church and would need to have someone named to act on its behalf.  Where no congregational Officer of the Court has been named, the task falls to the current Chair of the Official Board (or its equivalent).

A workshop for Congregational Officers of the Court will be held at St. David’s Trinity (3318 Merrit St.) in Saskatoon on April 27, beginning at 10:00 am and concluding around 4 pm.  This workshop will go over the new UCC Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Policy & Procedures (July 2017) and the role and responsibilities of the congregational Officers of the Court.  Case studies and lively conversation guaranteed!  Cost: $15  
To Register: Email Bev Diebert at with your name and any dietary concerns.  Deadline to register: Thursday, April 19, 2018. 
Note:  With the change to Regions in 2019, this is an especially important workshop to ensure that congregations/pastoral charges are prepared for the possibility of sexual misconduct complaints that they may receive.

Grief Workshop
‘Grief and Loss In Times Of Transition Workshop’ is being offered by Ray McGinnis on April 29th from 1 to 3:30 pm  at Heritage United Church, 1050 Arnason St. N,  Regina.  Cost $10 per person at the door.   Please call the church office at 306-949-8377 to pre-register.
Workshop facilitator Ray McGinnis will guide us through activities to explore and acknowledge grief and loss within the context of our faith. The setting will be caring, confidential and supportive. All are most welcome.

M&P 101
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. 
When:  May 5, 2018 beginning at 10 am to 4:00 pm  
Where:  St. Martin’s United Church  (2617 Clarence St., Saskatoon)
Cost:  $15  Deadline to register: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A Free Flow Wellness Retreat:  From Monkey Mind to Mindfulness, Finding the Sea of Calm Within – Monday, May 7 (5 pm) – Thursday, May 10 (1 pm) at Ancient Spirals (near Saskatoon)
Neuroscientists now tell us that the practice of mindfulness is fundamental to our mental health, to forming healthy relationships with ourselves and others, to our creative pursuits, and to moving through this world with deeper compassion.  This 4 day retreat will be filled with gleaning insights, and engaging in creative processes, individual reflective time, and sharing as we focus on an exploration into the nature of our minds, and the practice of mindfulness.  For a description and details please check: .  Note: Please register for this retreat by April 23

Three Pre-Annual Meeting Events
This year two events will be offered on May 23, the day before annual meeting. You do not need to be a delegate to annual meeting to attend!

1) Be Bold: A Gathering for Racialized Church Leaders in SK Conference. This day-long gathering at Battleford United Church will provide a safer space and an opportunity for racialized clergy and lay leaders (Indigenous and people of colour) to share stories of overcoming fear, living in generosity and openness, and calling the whole church to celebrate diversity and practice inclusivity.  Resource people: Adele Halliday, Rodger Nishioka, and all present.
Download the flyer here.    Read more about the gathering here. Registration:
Cost: $25,
waived if cost is any barrier

2) What Makes Food Good? 10:00 AM 4:30 PM, Cochin SK.
All ages and people of all backgrounds welcome!  We’ll share in a hands-on day of: ecumenical theological and spiritual reflection on sustainable food; a look at the food systems that feed and employ us; workshops; and farm work tailored to your abilities.  Have a look at the LGA blog for full info.
Where: Largo Farm on Moosomin First Nation territory near Cochin and Murray Lake, a half hour north of the Battlefords.
Cost: $25, waived if cost is any barrier.

3) Medical Assistance in Dying and your ministry: workshop and conversation, May 24, 9:30-1:30,  Third Avenue United Church, North Battleford   (Map)   
Cost: $15 (free if cost is any barrier). If you can afford the fee, please bring cash or a cheque payable to SK Conference.  Lunch included.  All welcome!
Please register here:
Medical Assistance in Dying (M.A.I.D.) is a legal right in Canada.  It soon could be a reality in your pastoral ministry, if it isn’t already.  This workshop will provide an opportunity for education, exploration, and theological/spiritual reflection of the complex issues generated by this new truth in the landscape of Canadian health care.

Our morning will include: Plenary and small group discussions; Understanding what M.A.I.D is and is not, and basic protocols related to it; Rural perspectives: Debbie Bathgate, RNP; Reflections/ conversations from Stakeholders’ points of view; Faith/spiritual questions that arise.
This workshop is offered by a group within SK Conference, The United Church of Canada, that includes lay people and ministry personnel who are chaplains, ethicists, and pastoral ministers. All welcome! Bring your questions, struggles, ideas, and your respect for diverse opinions.

Canadian Theological Society Annual Meeting
The Canadian Theological Society is a resource for cutting-edge academic thought and rich debate. The Canadian Theological Society meets annually as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. This year the meeting is in Regina.
CTS meets Sunday, May 27 to Tuesday, May 29.  You can come and check out other academic societies, too: Congress meets May 26 – June 1. 

The theme for the Canadian Theological Society for 2018 is “Gathering Diversities.” ‘Gathering’ evokes the idea of bringing people together in the spirit of building community.  This theme honours the history of the area as a traditional place of gathering, evoked in Regina’s original name, Wascana, or oskana kâ-asastêki – where the bones are gathered, referring to the region’s heritage as buffalo hunting grounds for a multitude of Plains cultures.
It would be a great thing to have your theological reflections on papers given.  And there’s tons of food for sermon thought.  You can register easily on site. Here’s the schedule

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:

ReJUNEvation 2018, St Andrew’s College Saskatoon, June 20-22
Registration is now open for ReJUNEvation 2018.  Dr. Jennifer Harvey, professor of religion at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, will frame discussion on the theme Zacchaeus, You Come Down! The Call to Repair in a World of Colonial-Settler Racism.  More information and online registration available on the St. Andrew’s website .

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 price of $275 is available until May 31, 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,
This unique event celebrates the hopeful things happening across the country in many communities of faith.  This festival will bring together musicians, authors, dancers, storytellers, and craftspeople.  Inspired workshops will inform the vitality of our work and witness.  There will also be opportunities to explore your faith, connect with others and offer your own voice and artistry. 

Find out more at .  All are welcome, whether you are a GC43 commissioner or not.  We hope you will join us.  Let us know if you’re planning on coming on the Festival Facebook page!

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.”

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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