Serving with Spirit: Nurturing UU Leaders, 3-day Retreat – WEST

Friday, August 9, 1 p.m. – Sunday, August 11, 1 p.m.
Registration deadline: Thursday, July 10, 2019
Providence Renewal Centre, Edmonton, AB

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.

Returning to your home communities with a stronger network, you will have a fresh perspective from which to re-engage personally along with some rejuvenating ideas to explore with your congregation as you seek to deepen a shared experience.

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. On this page, you are registering for the West coast event. Register here for the Serving with Spirit: Nurturing UU Leaders East coast event, July 26 – 28. In addition, the one-day Serving With Spirit: Stronger Together, Planning for Partnership, Saturday, August 10. 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.

Cost: $400 (includes program supplies, accommodation, and meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch)
General: these are single rooms with a sink in the room. Bathrooms are shared.
Suite:  bedroom and private bathroom or in either the general residence or private area. Limited availability for an additional $60, book early!


Rev. Christopher Wulff

Rev. Christopher Wulff is a fifth-generation Canadian Unitarian who was ordained in the fall of 2018 and was recently invited to be the candidate for senior minister at Westside UU Congregation in West Seattle. An OWL trainer, a former lay chaplain, and previously the intern minister at First Unitarian Church of Victoria, Rev. Wulff has been consulting with UU congregations for the last three years.

In walking, sitting or singing meditation, Rev. Wulff seeks to open himself to connection and wonder with all that surrounds us. He and his partner Ariel Hunt-Brondwin are deeply committed to developing regular spiritual practices that families and individuals can use to enhance and deepen our Unitarian Universalist faith.

Rev. Anne Barker

Reverend Anne Barker is a passionate Unitarian Universalist with a deep love for relationship, ritual, and connection. A queer, married, mother, grandmother and minister, Anne loves to be on both the sharing and receiving ends of creative inspiration. She is a student of anti-racism and anti-oppression – committed to the process of dismantling white supremacy – working hard to understand what that means in this divisive, complicated time.

Rev Anne serves the Westwood Unitarians in Edmonton as parish minister. With the CUC, she is a Lay Chaplaincy Trainer, minister advisor to the National Lay Chaplaincy Committee, and a member of the National Pastoral Care Team for Young Adults – as well as a co-creator and facilitator of ‘Serving with Spirit’.

The questions she continually asks herself is: Does this help me love the people? Does this help me love the land? She would love to know what you’re pondering.

Quotes from participants at the Serving with Spirit: Nurturing UU Leaders Retreats 2017

“An absolutely wonderful weekend. It was uplifting from the very first moment. There was lots of deep sharing, clarity, discussion, as well as laughter & tears – & singing. I have the sense that everyone was ready to share – some were tentative at first, however, no one felt forced. Under the gentle guidance of Linda and Peter, we moved at an appropriate pace. A wonderful experience.”

“I enjoyed the quiet and respectful atmosphere, and found the group discussions quite enlightening. This was the first time I’ve heard so many other UUs speak about their faith, and the diversity, although expected, still amazed me. And yet we found commonality and appreciation of each other.”

Registration – Deadline: July 10

Please note: to respect staff time in planning for this event, a minimum number of 12 participants is required to proceed. If this number is not reached six days before the registration deadline, the CUC will cancel the event and notify you.

Please do not book non-refundable travel until you receive confirmation from the CUC staff. We will contact you by July 12 to confirm that the program has enough participants to be held. Thank you!