The Western Region Fall Gathering in Calgary from October 13 – 15 was a great success, thanks to the speakers and workshop leaders, including CUC staff Joan Carolyn, April Hope, and Asha Philar, and musical offerings from Tony Turner and Jane Perry. The gathering had the largest adult attendance, the largest local congregation attendance, and the largest Youth Con attendance in recent memory. Reverend Anne Barker of Westwood Unitarian Congregation in Edmonton, shares her reflection:
“The 2017 Calgary WRFG was a rich collection of wisdom, opportunity and connection.
- John Pentland’s keynote and workshop were inspiring – a wealth of ideas for getting focused, keeping relevant, taking risks….
- The afternoon “Songs for Social Change” with Tony Turner was soul nurturing.
- I heard great things from folks who attended the THR offerings – particularly the elder circle.
“I’m always glad to have gone to Regional Gatherings – and this one is no exception. Thanks to Calgary for their gracious hospitality, and to the CUC for their commitment and contributions”.
Commenting on the weekend’s highlights, another participant added “John Pentland – really practical tips, no matter the size of congregation. The talent show. Sunday morning worship – it all flowed so well and really showed the rich talent we have in music and ministry in the western provinces”.
Planning is now underway for next year’s WRFG in Winnipeg, October 19-21.