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Serving with Spirit: nUUrturing UU Leaders – Western

August 18 @ 1:00 pm - August 20 @ 1:00 pm MDT


Do you wish that you experienced your participation in your congregation as an expression of ministry, not primarily an obligation to do your part?

We invite you to a weekend to explore where you find the “springs” which fill your life’s well of energy, and how you can live out of that rich resource. There will be opportunities to connect with and be informed by other UUs; times to engage with others as we learn new and hone familiar strategies; and space to do deep reflection, identifying and strengthening the rich practice potential in your own life.

There are two locations and dates from which to choose!  People from across the country are welcome to select the one that suits them best. We encourage congregations to help identify potential attendees and to “tap leaders on the shoulder”, encouraging them to attend and to consider providing some financial support.

This event will begin on Friday at 1 p.m. and end on Sunday at 1 p.m. During the weekend you’ll spend time exploring, with other participants and on your own, through a variety of activities, the ways in which you can make connections between what you do, in service to the congregation and who you are.  We’ll sing, make art, sit in silence, talk, chant, meditate and more during our time together.

Registration is $400 (including meals and accommodation but not transportation) and congregations are encouraged to help fund the participation of their members.

Congregations can also download black and white and colour posters to display.

Register here: cuc.ca/serving-spirit-registration-west/

Meet the Facilitators

The Rev. Anne Barker

Anne has served Westwood congregation since 2008.  

Anne is a passionate Unitarian Universalist, proud of our shared commitments to freedom, reason, tolerance and love. She is a graduate from Meadville Lombard Theological School, the Unitarian Universalist seminary in Chicago. She spent her internship in Denver, CO, before coming to Westwood.

Anne is a “Basics” Trainer for the Canadian Unitarian Council’s Lay Chaplaincy Program, with particular interests in embodied ritual and transformative rites of passage. She loves people and poetry; philosophy and finances; beauty, truth and mystery. In her best moments, she squeezes in extra time for friends and yoga, and reads just a little bit more…

Joan Carolyn (M.Div.) – Congregational Development (BC & Western Regions)

Ms. Joan Carolyn has been an active participant with the First U. U. church of Winnipeg since early 1999 and a member since mid-2000. Her work with the Canadian Unitarian Council began in 2014.  She is married to life partner, Ken Nicholson and shares with him two sons (Max, Alex), a daughter-in-law (Sheila) and granddaughters Holly and Grace.

Joan has been privileged to pursue studies in World Religions and Cultural Anthropology (B.A.) as well as completing a B. Th. and M. Div. (double major, Theology and Peace Studies).

Primary areas of work, paid and volunteer, include, but are not limited to: senior services; ministry within church (formerly with Mennonites) and hospital; youth projects; mediation and; violence cessation and wellness planning with those assessed at high risk to re-offend upon release from prison.

She looks forward to co-facilitating the Western retreat, and is excited about the interactions and learnings it will afford her.


August 18 @ 1:00 pm
August 20 @ 1:00 pm
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Canadian Unitarian Council
(888) 568-5723


Providence Retreat Centre
3005 119 St NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6J 5R5 Canada
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