Webinars and Roundtables

The CUC offers and coordinates Webinars and Roundtables as part of our commitment to share knowledge that helps our congregations become more Deeply Connected, Radically Inclusive, Actively Engaged, Theologically Alive, and Spiritually Grounded (that’s a reference to the 5 aspirations of our amazing new vision, adopted in May 2016).
We’ll be posting upcoming Webinars on the Calendar as they are scheduled. CUC staff have 8 webinars planned for the 2016-17 church year.


Introducing… CUC Roundtables – a new way to share your wisdom!

A Roundtable is a scheduled online discussion where participants can exchange information, ideas and experience related to a particular topic.


What’s the difference between a Roundtable and a Webinar?
Webinars are “Web seminars” usually lead by CUC staff that have expertise in a particular area, like charitable status, building healthy congregations, growth or youth ministry. The focus of a webinar is for the facilitator to give participants content and information, as a “subject matter expert”.
Roundtables can be lead by anyone, whether or not they have expertise in the topic. The focus of a roundtable is for participants to share information and experiences with each other and gain knowledge that way. Our recommended Roundtable format is a 75 minute session, using the first 20 minutes for introductions and some sort of content (a short presentation by the facilitator, a reading, some slides on the topic, etc.). The rest of the time is for a 50 minute discussion and a closing.
How does a Roundtable work?
It’s pretty simple: we offer you a Zoom space (online video conference) to discuss or workshop a particular topic, we promote the Roundtable with you and offer facilitation support as needed. We also provide a proposed format and schedule for the Roundtable and work with you to pick a date and time.
Who can lead a Roundtable?
Anyone can apply to lead a Roundtable. It’s especially helpful if you know a bit about the topic you’re leading, or can provide a reading or about 15 minutes of content for participants as a starting point for discussion. If you would like to see a Roundtable happen but don’t want to lead it, we will try to find someone to do that.
Why would a proposed Roundtable not go ahead?
Sometimes CUC staff may direct you to a Webinar that has happened, or is planned, on the same topic. Or we may have an excellent resource to share that will provide you the information you were looking for. We also consider the church calendar and spacing between Roundtables and Webinars when scheduling.
Can you give me an example of a Roundtable?
Here’s an example: You’re looking to overhaul your pledge campaign and would love to hear what people have found successful at other congregations. Organize an online Roundtable to gather together leaders from across Canada who can share their experiences with pledging and fundraising. Everyone leaves with more information and ideas!
I want to organize a Roundtable – how do I do it?
Hey – that’s awesome! To propose a roundtable, please fill out the form below and let us know about the topic, some dates that might work, who you’d like to promote this to, and what support you need from the CUC to make this happen.
We’ll be in touch within a few days to get going on the planning!
Need to get in touch with us? Please contact the CUC Program Staff at roundtables@cuc.ca