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.  United in Learning, the church’s webinar service, has lots of excellent programs on offer throughout the fall.  You will need a computer, internet connection, and (optionally) a phone, to allow for good sound.  Please have a look.
There are many opportunities for learning: information for church treasurers, Stewardship opportunities, racial justice and Boundaries training and refreshers, and a seminar on the new pastoral relations system.  These are only a few.  

Webinars for Church treasurers – Back by popular demand! – 3 left!
Last Spring’s series was so strongly appreciated that we’ve invited Erik and Clyde back for four more topics that will help strengthen the skills of Church Treasurers and the committees who work with them.
Join us for a series of 90 minute workshops to help unravel some of the crucial responsibilities of being a Church Treasurer.  Each of our Presenters works with Treasurers every day to help them comply with standard practice in Canadian charities, keep records that are clear, helpful to the Boards/Councils they serve, and enhance the ministry of their congregation.
Each program is self-contained; come to as many as is convenient for you. We offer a discount if you sign up for all four!  Course dates are: October 30, November 6 and November 27 7pm Easter/4pm Pacific.   Click HERE for more information.

Wicihitowin Aboriginal Engagement Conference: October 17-18, Saskatoon.
Open to all. The three Truth and Reconciliation Commission commissioners will be present for this final conference.  Churches will be involved with an interfaith panel looking at the TRC Calls to Action and our progress as faith communities thus far. This event is full; registration is closed. 

Ministry of Supervision course:  Oct. 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 Workers: Oct. 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 .

In-person Mandatory Boundaries Training – Deadline to register: Monday, Oct. 15/18
An in-person Boundaries for Church Leaders training workshop will be held on October 24, 2018 at Westminster United Church (3025 13th Ave.) in Regina.  The workshop will begin at 10:00 am and conclude around 3:30 pm.  This workshop is for Ministry Personnel (active, retained and retired), Designated Lay Ministry (DLM) Applicants, Licenced Lay Worship Leaders (LLWLs), Candidates, or Inquirers who need their introductory course. 
Cost: $20 (includes lunch and refreshments)
To register, contact Bev Diebert, with dietary concerns, at 

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 November 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.  

National Restorative Justice Symposium, November 18-21, Saskatoon. 
Registration and program:
All welcome. Indigenous communities, the United Church, and community partners advocate for restorative justice practices, and this work is also one part of our church’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action. This is an excellent opportunity for us to learn and engage. If funding is a barrier and you cannot access United Church con ed funds, contact Julie Graham and we will look at options:

Festival of Homiletics: May 13-17, 2019  Minneapolis MN.
Next year’s theme is “Preaching as Moral Imagination”.  More information is available at Festival of Homiletics.

Skylight Festival: July 26-28 2019 at Five Oaks Centre, Paris, ON.
Skylight is a celebratory and creative space where diverse communities connect to explore arts, faith, peace and justice. All traditions and faiths welcome.  Details are available at Skylight Festival.

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



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