Friday, April 12 5:00 p.m. – Sunday, April 14, 3:30 p.m. ET
Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 79 Hiawatha Rd, Toronto
Cost: $99

This workshop is for those considering Lay Chaplaincy, recently appointed Lay Chaplains and members of a congregation’s Lay Chaplaincy committee. It provides basic guidelines on the management of a congregation’s Lay Chaplaincy program and the training new Lay Chaplains need to begin their work.

Lay Chaplain terms are for six years, so training for new Lay Chaplains is required regularly. This “Basics” course is the keystone piece to that training, and incoming lay chaplains should participate in this training close to the time of their appointment by the congregation. Please note that the Basics training is only held about once a year in each region, so planning ahead will help make sure your congregation is prepared.

Any Lay Chaplains appointed by your congregations in 2013 or earlier will be retiring soon and you’ll be looking to recruit new ones.  Please check the status of your Lay Chaplains and encourage any member who might be interested in attending the Basics Course to consider doing so.

While the Basics is a required course for those who become Lay Chaplains, it is also recommended for congregation members who are interested in serving on your congregation’s Lay Chaplaincy support committee or who are just interested in designing and leading rites of passage.

We encourage all who are interested in this rewarding and spiritually enriching work to attend. Congregational leaders will be asked to indicate their support of each candidate on the registration form.

Cost: $99 (Does not include accommodation or travel)

 Registration deadline is March 29. If not enough attendees register, the training will be canceled.

Questions? Please email


Friday, April 12
5:30 p.m.:  Registration and paper bag dinner – please bring a bagged dinner with you
7-9 p.m.: Evening session

Saturday, April 13
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: The program will help attendees how they can best work with those planning rites of passage.  They will also learn about the legal requirements for marriage officiants.  Practical matters like program administration, using a microphone and finances will be covered.

Sunday, April 14
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (including the 10:30 a.m. – noon worship service at the Neighbourhood Congregation)


  • Friday dinner – bring your own paper bag dinner
  • Saturday & Sunday lunch – provided
  • Saturday dinner – will organize dinner out for those interested

Accommodations and Transportation

Billeting can be arranged on a ‘best effort basis’.  Please check the billeting option on the registration form.  Transportation to/from the training is the responsibility of participants.


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