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18-20     Banff Men’s Conference

21           Leadership Resource Development Committee

23           Coronation Presbytery in Daysland

23           South Alberta Presbytery Executive Meeting, Taber

14-15     Conference Executive (St. Albert)

22          Coronation Presbytery Executive,
23          Stewardship and Mission Education
23-25    Living Into Right Relations Fall Gathering

28          South Alberta Presbytery Meeting, Taber
29-31     Intercultural Ministry AGM and Continuing Education Event

4-5          Appeals and Grants Committee

24-25     Coronation Presbytery, Forestburg/Alliance

25           South Alberta Presbytery Executive -Teleconference Meeting

24-January 4       Conference Office closed for Christmas Break



05            Conference Office re-opens after Christmas Break

07            Coronation Presbytery Executive

27            South Alberta Presbytery Meeting, Taber


24           Coronation Presbytery, Drumheller
24           South Alberta Presbytery Executive Teleconference Meeting

9-10       Conference Executive (Calgary)

16           South Alberta Presbytery Meeting, Taber

24           Coronation Presbytery Executive

11-14     Stewardship Events in Calgary and Edmonton

26-27    Coronation Presbytery, Stettler

27          South Alberta Executive Teleconference Meeting


25         South Alberta Executive Teleconference Meeting


15         South Alberta Presbytery Meeting, Taber

23        Coronation Presbytery Executive

Support available to attend Return to Spirit Workshops

 By Cecile Fausak The Returning to Spirit (RTS) program offers Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people (particularly those involved with churches who operated residential schools) an opportunity to transform the divisive stories of our shared history.  Workshops are offered separately for Aboriginal people, and for non-Aboriginal people, and then everyone comes together in a Reconciliation Workshop. To learn more, see  for video, schedule, newsletters, participant comments. More than 70 people have been supported by the United Church to attend in past years, and we are happy to be able to renew our funding policy again. The United Church through the Committee of Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools has allocated (1) up to $5000 for the remainder of 2015 to support individual applications to attend any of the RTS workshops and (2) up to $10,000 in 2016 for up to 6 Aboriginal and 6 non-Aboriginal people;  to cover any registration fee, accommodation, and/or meals for the workshop.  All applicants are responsible to cover their travel costs by other means. To apply for funding before you attend the event, simply send a copy of your completed RTS registration/application form, and a written request which clearly outlines the costs you wish to be covered, to Cecile Fausak View Email. Call 780-676-0562 with any questions.  Funds will be sent directly to the organization hosting the workshop, and not to the individual.  This is all on a first come, first serve basis.  This is meant for people who have limited access to personal development or healing funds from their employer, band, etc. For the workshop schedule: If any group in the United Church...

Historical Society to meet Saturday, November 7

    The Historical Society of ANW Conference will hold its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, November 7, 10 am. It will be held at  Riverbend United Church 14907 – 45th Avenue Edmonton. Lunch will be provided for $5.00 . The Annual General Meeting is called to hear reports of the past year of operations of the Society, to approve a budget for the coming year,  to elect a Board of Directors which shall guide the society for the ensuing term, and to consider other matters pertinent to operating the Society. This meeting is open to the public and all interested people are welcome. Society memberships will be...

Degrees conferred at St. Stephen’s Convocation

The Convocation of St. Stephen’s College in Edmonton took place on Monday, November 2 at 7:30 pm. Those receiving degrees included: Louise Rogers of Sherwood Park United Church was conferred upon her the Doctor of Sacred Letters (honoris causa) Also receiving degrees were: Doctor of Ministry: Donna Wilson Master of Theology: David Levangie, Gerrit Verstraete Master of Psychotherapy and Spirituality: Margaret Claveau, Clare Fuller, Mary Anne Schleinich, Jennifer Stewart (MPS-Art Therapy Specialization), Janet Tink (MPS-Art Therapy Specialization), Michael Wallace (MPS-Art Therapy Specialization), Tracy Wideman MTS in Diaconal Ministry: Sharilynn Upsdell Youth and Young Adult Ministry Diploma: Shannon Huhtala Lay Worship Leader Certificate: Yvette Bancesco, Norma Bell, Douglas Currie, David Faber, Terri Foster, Lynne Fredine, Robert Gibennus, Neva Hanson, Sherrie Hughes, Orson Mothersole, Wendy Anne Mothersole, Robert Nicolson, Julie Reynolds, June...

Meet Naramata Board members

From the Naramata Centre Society Board People across BC and Alberta are getting together NOW to give their suggestions and ideas to the Board for Naramata Centre’s future. Join in a local conversation or organize your own. Email Pam Rinehart for the package. We need your data by Nov 12, in preparation for our November board meeting. If you haven’t done so already, stay connected by signing up on our website. LIST OF SCHEDULED SESSIONS: CALGARY, AB JOIN THE SESSION AT CALGARY READS When: Monday, 2 November 2015 at 5pm Street Address: Board Room, 105 – 105 12th Ave SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 1A1 Hosted by: Pam Rinehart & Mandy Robertson (board members) JOIN THE SESSION AT SCARBORO UNITED When: Sunday November 8, 2015 at 12:30pm Street Address: 134 Scarboro Ave SW Calgary, AB, T3C2H1 Hosted by: Kathleen Downing and Pam Rinehart (board members) DELTA, BC JOIN THE SESSION AT TSAWWASSEN UNITED CHURCH When: Sunday, 8 November 2015 at 2pm Street Address: 693 53rd Street, Delta BC, V4M 3B6 Hosted by: Yvonne de Troye and Doug Woollard (board member) KELOWNA, BC JOIN THE SESSION AT FIRST UNITED CHURCH KELOWNA When: Friday, 6 November 2015 at 2pm Street Address: 721 Bernard Ave, Kelowna BC, V1Y 6P6 Hosted by: Beryl Itani NANAIMO, BC JOIN THE SESSION AT BRECHIN UNITED CHURCH When: Sunday, 8 November 2015 at 1pm Street Address: 1998 Estevan Rd, Nanaimo BC, V9S 3Z2 Hosted by: Michael Moddle ST ALBERT, AB JOIN THE SESSION AT ST ALBERT UNITED CHURCH When: Sunday, 1 November 2015 at 7pm Street Address: 20 Green Grove Dr., St Albert AB, T8N 5H6 Hosted by:...

Telling the Story of Your Congregational Ministry

Why and How to Develop a Narrative Budget     A Narrative budget is a remarkable stewardship communications tool to help your congregation see the significance of all their gifts and the ways in which God is changing lives through the mission of your church. It’s a tool congregational leaders find increases both spiritual energy and giving. In a two-hour evening workshop, we will focus on the nature of the narrative budget and its role in supporting regular budget discussions and includes a bit of ‘hands on work.’ Tuesday, October 27  7 to 9 pm McDougall United Church, 8516 Athabasca St. SE, Calgary Come with a small team!  Please bring a copy of your most recent annual report or church budget and, if you have one, visioning statement. For more information and to register please contact Kathryn Hofley via email or telephone (204)943-4844. Kathryn is the United Church Financial Development officer for the Prairie...

Evolutionary Christianity retreat with Bruce Sanguin on November 6 – 7

    St. David’s and Hillhurst United Churches in Calgary invite you to a weekend retreat on November 6 and 7 with Bruce Sanguin, an international leader in evolutionary spirituality.  He will introduce what it means to be an evolving mystic and Christian in the 21st Century. Sanguin says that when we live consciously connected to this evolutionary current that is animating the whole universe, we touch into a holy longing for more beauty, truth, goodness, and love. Bruce Sanguin is an international speaker on evolutionary spirituality. He is the author of six books. His latest, The Way of the Wind: The Path and Practice of Evolutionary Christian Mysticism (2015) is being published this Fall.     The weekend retreat takes place in two parts at two different venues: Friday, November 6. 7 pm. We are all Mystics. Hillhurst United Church 1227 Kensington Close NW, Calgary. Saturday, November 7: 9:30 am to 2 pm.  Creating a Culture for Spiritual Evolution.  St. David’s United Church, 3303 Capitol Hill Crescent NW, Calgary.  A light lunch will be served on Saturday November 7. Participate at either the Friday session or the Saturday session or  both!  The cost is $15.00 for Friday’s session and $30.00 for the Saturday session. Tickets are available at the door and can be accessed online through  Retreat organizers encourage online ticket...

A Poetic Beginning to Advent: November 29-30

The Spiritual Practice of Poetry as Prayer        You are invited to Hillhurst United Church for a weekend retreat on November 29 and 30 of spiritual practice through a “poetry as prayer” writing workshop. The weekend is facilitated by Richard Osler, who is an experienced poetry writing facilitator and leads some 80 poetry writing workshops a year.  Richard creates a safe place for writers or aspiring writers at any level to explore the mysterious ways their own words can reveal unexplored areas of their lives. Come and discover the door of poetry; and behind that door the words of the guest who wants to sit with you and share a feast of words. Friday, November 29 7 to 9 pm and Saturday, November 30. 10 am to 4 pm. Hillhurst United Church, Calgary Space is limited so register early by emailing or calling the Hillhurst United Church at 403-283-1539 or mail your $75 registration fee to Hillhurst United Church 1227 Kensington Close NW T2N 3J6. For further information about Richard Osler and his work facilitating writing workshops, please consult his...

A Conversation with the Moderator on Scripture’s Authority and Interpretation

You are invited to join Moderator Jordan Cantwell in an open-ended conversation about the authority and interpretation of Scripture in The United Church of Canada. How do we read Scripture? What is its place in the life of the United Church? When: 7:00 pm, Saturday Oct. 24, 2015 Where: Avonmore United Church, 7909 82 Ave NW, Edmonton. This event is part of An Intercultural Adventure Part II: The Bible in The United Church of Canada, which is sponsored by a grant from The United Church of Canada and led by St. Andrew’s College faculty Rev. Dr. HyeRan Kim-Cragg and Don Schweitzer. The Moderator will also be preaching on Sunday Oct. 25 at the 10:00 am worship of Pleasantview United Church (10672 – 62 Avenue NW,...

Companions on the Way: Oct. 29-31

An Event for Everyone interested in learning about Intercultural Ministry in the Church! Annual Meeting and Educational Event for ANW Conference’s Intercultural Ministry Committee Presenter: Adele Halliday, Program Coordinator: Intercultural Engagement, The United Church of Canada. Begins 4pm on October 29 and closes with lunch on October 31, 2015 Location: Star of the North Retreat Centre 3A St. Vital Avenue, St. Albert, Alberta For more information, please contact the Conference Office, 780-435-3995, View...

Enter the Social Innovation Challenge in Calgary

 WANTED: Bold, Innovative Ideas that work for the Public Good and contribute to the revitalization of a community This Fall’s Lion’s Den Social Innovation Challenge in Calgary brings together change makers, mentors, all focused on bettering society. Now is the time to share your idea, develop your idea, discover new partners and compete for prizes and start up funding. How to enter: Register for the Soul of the Next Economy Forum that will be held in Calgary from September 25 and 26th. You’ll receive resources on how to develop your pitch. Entry deadline for submissions is Wednesday, September 23. Then develop a 90-second pitch promoting your social innovation idea. Lion’s Den Social Innovation Challenge – Saturday, September 26. 1:30 pm.  Ambrose University. Deliver your 90 second pitch to peers, mentors and panel members. The top 8-10 finalists will be chosen based on People’s Choice and panel input. Finalists will go on to the October 17 Ultimate Innovation Challenge.  Each receives $300, further business training and direct coaching from a personal business guru. Top winners have the opportunity to receive cash prizes, business coaching, website services.  $22,000 is also available from a local entrepreneur.  Winners may also be able to apply to sponsors and panelists for additional funding. The Lion’s Den Social Innovation Challenge is sponsored by several organizations including The United Church Foundation, The Edge, St. Andrew’s (United) Regional Ministries, the Calgary Foundation and Ambrose University.       The Calgary Lion’s Den is one of several that the United Church will be involved in organizing across the country in the next several months. Click here for more information on Calgary’s...
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