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Workshop -Designing and Leading Rites of Passage – Mar 10-12 2017

This workshop (at Westwood this year) 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 installed by your congregations in 2011 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.

Click here to register.

Questions? Please email lcc@cuc.ca.

Facilitators: Rev. Anne Barker and Meredith Simon


Friday, March 10
5:30-7 p.m.     Registration will be available from 5:30 p.m. Please eat dinner before you arrive.
7-9 pm Evening session

Saturday, March 11
9am – 5 pm     The program will help attendees learn how they can best work with those planning rites of passage.  They will also learn about legal requirements for marriage officiants.   Practical matters like program administration, using a microphone and finances will be covered.

Sunday, March 12
9am – 3:30 pm (including the 10:30-11:30 am worship service at Westwood Unitarian Congregation)


  • Fri dinner– Please eat dinner in advance of the 7 p.m. start time
  • Sat & Sun lunch– provided
  • Sat dinner– will organize dinner out for those interested

Cost: $95

Registration deadline is Feb 24th.  Register early to make sure this program goes ahead as this is dependent on adequate registration.  Register early, but please refrain from booking non-refundable flights until Feb. 18th, when we will make a determination on the running of the program and inform you.


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