Western Region Fall Gathering: Envision, Engage, Energize

Calgary, AB: Oct. 13 – 15, 2017

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Regional gatherings are an optimal and personal way for Canadian Unitarian Universalists to connect with other UUs in their regions, learn and be in community together, and to know that they are on the journey with others.

In October, the Unitarian Church of Calgary hosts the Western Region Fall Gathering, and invites you to join them (whether or not you’re located in the Western region) with these questions – does your congregation need to re-energize itself? Are you looking for ways to refresh your purpose, to position yourself for growth, to become better known in your communities, and to attract a young and energetic demographic?

Join us in Calgary at the 2017 Western Region Fall Gathering to hear strategies for attaining these goals, to take part in an invigorating session on Truth, Healing and Reconciliation, or to enjoy an engaging arts and music stream.

Register HERE if you’ve already decided to go! Early bird deadline ends Sep 15, and registration closes Sep 29.

If you’re still making up your mind, here are a few items to whet your appetites!

Saturday Program highlights include:

  • Congregational Growth & Vitality with Rev. Dr. John Pentland & others. Dr. Pentland (author of the book Fishing Tips) will share some Hillhurst United Church practices as it moved from a sleepy inner city community (60-70 attendance) to a dynamic growing mainline church (450-500). Dr. Pentland invites participants to explore what each can do in their particular location to ensure curious and faithful engagement.    

  • Truth, Healing & Reconciliation with Rev. Samaya Oakley & Jeff Webber. Share in the exploration of reconciliation and decolonization as they are addressed within the framework of our Unitarian Universalist principles. This full- day stream will also be open to the general public along with a welcome for all participants to share in a Blanket Exercise at the end of our day.

  • Singing For Change with Tony Turner (composer of the award-winning protest sing-along Harperman) and Jane Perry, music director at the Unitarian Church of Calgary. Using historical and recent examples, learn that the power of song can unite minds and spirits and aid the cause of social change.

Children and youth

  • A very special children’s program uses the new children’s Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Reflection Guide from the Canadian Unitarian Council’s writing team.
  • Youth Conference for ages 12 to 20. Through theme games we’ll have some serious fun while contemplating what games can teach us about rules, winning & losing and what to do when you keep having to “go fish”.

Sunday networking sessions

  • Chat with CUC Board members, or discuss the joys and challenges of refugee sponsorship, or learn about fundraising strategies.

Full program, schedule and registration details are HERE.

More details will be coming in the following weeks – keep an eye on the CUC website and Facebook for updates.

All are welcome and we look forward to seeing many of you in October!