Online Conversations


Sharing our learnings and our stories is important for our own growth and in helping others.  This fall, we are encouraging you to join these conversations, tell your story, and learn about amazing work that is happening across the country.

Each online conversation will have some panelists who are doing related work.  They will tell their story and where they are headed.  Then all of the participants will be broken out into small online groups to tell their own story, connect with each other, and share learnings.  This is interactive and fun!

Please note, all times are listed in Eastern Time.  

(Newfoundland: +1.5h  |  Atlantic: +1h  |  Central: -1h  |  Mountain: -2h  |  Pacific: -3h)

Collaboration: Better Together

September 12 @ 1:00pm Eastern Time

Collaboration is what everyone is doing. Understanding that we are stronger and better together is pivotal in us being able to make as big of an impact as possible.  The panelists are all part of regional clusters, coalitions, or cooperatives that are intentionally working together.

Register for the Collaboration conversation

Elders, Our Give & Grace: Co-Creating Community

September 14 @ 1:00pm Eastern Time

Engaging and inspiring seniors has been some of the primary work of church in community for decades.  We have seen seated yoga, senior lunches, knitting circles, and many other ways to engage.  But things are changing again with new, creative ways to engage.

  • Edith Rankin United Church has partnered with the local seniors association to see what more they can do to engage
  • Human Endeavour is a non-profit that does programming for seniors that are new immigrants, helping them to connect with others from their home country or in the same situation
  • A new rural strategy is forming to support seniors in the Ottawa region

Register for the Elders conversation

Playing With God: Embracing the Arts

September 19 @ 1:00pm Eastern Time

For centuries the arts and faith communities have been integrated, just ask Michelangelo!  But with the re-imaging of church space, there is a resurgence of art being part of the church.  Learn how churches are starting to embrace this relationship in new ways.

  • Bradford United Church and St John’s in Brockville are seeing themselves as new centres for the arts
  • Artfest has successfully run in Winnipeg for the last 3 years
  • Hope United Church is running an arts summer camp

Register for the Playing with God conversation

Are Camps the New Youth Group?

September 20 @ 8:00pm Eastern Time

Camps are hopping!  United Church of Canada Camps support more marginalized kids and help more children connect with faith than any other organization in Canada.  With 54 camps running across the country, there is a camp near you!  Find out about the new things that are happening and how camps are revitalizing themselves.

Register for the Camps conversation

Women Are From Venus & Out of This World Programming

September 27 @ 12:30pm Eastern Time

Women have always been a strong backbone of church from United Church Women to volunteering at the many outreach programs that are run.  There is a change in what women are seeking and responding to. Find out about the new women’s groups that are popping up and other ways that women are being served.

Register for the Women in the Church conversation

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Embracing the Spirit

Embracing the Spirit is a new learning network and innovation fund. It aims to spur innovation, pilot new programs, support successful initiatives, create a learning network for faith communities, and support both new and renewing faith communities across the United Church of Canada.

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