A number of Educational Centres across the country are accredited and supported by grants from The United Church of Canada. Each provides a variety of residential and short-term educational events for lay people of all ages and for those in paid accountable ministry. Most were created because of a desire among lay people for education and networking.
The four United Church Education and Retreat Centres are engaged in an exciting project to establish and nurture a network of Christian disciples who share a common life in order to discern and do God's healing work in the church and the world.
The Common Life program is designed to address spiritual challenges of our time by engaging participants in five related practices:
The specifics of the Common Life program at each of the centres are unique, drawing on each centre's traditions and context.
At each centre, individuals take part in a Common Life small group. They have the opportunity to explore and learn about the five practices and to prayerfully support and hold one another accountable to living out these practices in their daily lives and as a community as a whole.
Common Life group members also become part of a national network of people who share a common life based on Christian principles and tradition.
The Common Life program provides a wonderful and challenging opportunity to engage as individuals and as a community of the Christian faith. The program builds community-a common life-among participants.
Contact the Education Centre nearest you for more information.
Director: Janet McDonald
Naramata Centre is located on a beautiful campus on the shores of Lake Okanagan. The centre's work focuses on four main areas: leadership development and empowerment, spiritual nurture, healing and wholeness, and justice and reconciliation.
Naramata offers a rich and varied program, a depth of experience, and a commitment to excellence through cutting-edge continuing education courses, an exciting and innovative intergenerational summer program, complete retreat and conference facilities, and a host of special events and celebrations throughout the year.
Director: Annette Taylor
Calling Lakes Centre is located on the north shore of Echo Lake in the beautiful Qu'Appelle Valley. The centre's purpose is to provide a sacred space where all people are welcome to search, to question, to learn, to be challenged, to rest, and to find the Holy within and around them.
Calling Lakes Centre offers a variety of programs in the following areas: The Sacred Story, Interpersonal/Human Dynamics, Congregational Life, Personal Development/Spiritual Formation, Seeking Justice.
Director: Melissa Connor
Five Oaks is a sacred place to seek God in the heart of all of life. It is a place apart where leaders, lay people of all ages, and ministry personnel may participate in worship, meet with a spiritual director, reflect deeply on their lives and on God's world, and be healed, transformed, trained, and sustained.
The centre provides and accommodates continuing education events, leadership development workshops, group and individual retreats, meetings, conferences, and a variety of camps.
Director: Wilf Bean (interim)
Open to the Spirit and rooted in the gospel tradition, Tatamagouche Centre is an education and retreat centre that invites and challenges people from diverse backgrounds to personal wholeness, right relationships, respect for creation, and justice in the world. Overlooking Tatamagouche Bay, this year-round education retreat and conference centre is a natural gathering place in a relaxed and picturesque setting.
Events fall within four general streams: Spiritual Growth, Self-Discovery, Social Transformation, and Congregational Life.