Location and Times

Ever Wonder 2019

A weekend of opportunities to engage the mind, body, and spirit in becoming our most human selves. 

It is a time when it is easy to despair, a time when it is easy to be disillusioned with our own species.  In the midst of much inhumanity, we invite you to share in this time to awaken our highest humanity and nurture our capacity to be a more compassionate, empathetic and justice making species.


Join us for a weekend to engage the mind, body, and spirit in becoming our most human selves inspired by the natural world, creativity, contemplation, community and more!


Theme Presenters

Gretta Vosper

Gretta Vosper is a minister and atheist. She is a Best-Selling author of two books: With or Without God: Chasing the dream of a progressive Christian faith, and Amen: What prayer can mean in a world beyond belief. She is the minister of West Hill United Church in Scarborough, Ontario, and will be presenting on the theme of justice as a way toward a deeper humanity

Shana Lynngood

Rev. Shana Lynngood is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister who currently serves as Co-Minister of the First Unitarian Church of Victoria, BC. Her passionate interests, which inform her ministry and sense of what enlivens and enriches our human-ness, are music (most especially jazz), poetry, and art. Her time with us at Ever Wonder will explore how we can re-capture the sources and resources that help us keep in touch with our sense of self, and how to connect with others in a way that sees and honours them fully. Shana shares her life and ministry with her wife, Melora, and their two children, ages 13 and 7.


Friday October 4 – Sunday October 6, 2019


$150.00 CDN per person

(Includes all conference fees, dinners on Friday and Saturday, and lunches on Saturday and Sunday)


If you are staying in a hotel for the conference, the Holiday Inn Express Edmonton South is offering a two bed suite for $119 to conference attendees. Mention Ever Wonder Conference when booking to get this deal.
2440 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton AB  (780) 440-5000

Billeting is also available on request. See registration form


SSUC Edmonton
Southminster-Steinhauer United Church
10740 – 19 Ave. NW, Edmonton, Alberta.

Program Schedule

Friday, October 4, 2019

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm     Registration

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm     Session 1: Welcome and Theme Introduction

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm     Dinner

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm     Session 2: Becoming More Compassionate

Saturday, October 5, 2019

9:00 am – 10:00 am    Session 3: Becoming More Just. Theme Presenter: Gretta Vosper

10:00 am – 10:30 am    Small group discussion

10:30 am – 11:00 am    Break            

11:00 am – 12:15 pm    Exploring the Practices of Becoming More Deeply Human (Workshop Option 1)

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm      Lunch

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm        Session 4: Becoming More Loving. Theme presenter: Shana Lynngood

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm        Small group discussion

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm        Break

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm       Exploring the Practices of Becoming More Deeply Human (Workshop Option 2)

5:00 pm – 5:45 pm       Happy Hour with ‘Take 5’

5:45 pm – 6:45 pm       Dinner

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm       Session 5: Sharing Our Journeys in Music and Stories – an evening of music and storytelling. 

Sunday, October 6, 2019

10:00 am – 11:15 am     Session 6: SSUC Spiritual Gathering.

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm       Lunch, Acknowledgements, and Closing

View presenters and learn more about workshops here

Workshops will explore the daily practices of becoming more deeply human by:

  • Exploring our creativity
  • Appreciating our body’s breath and movement
  • Finding the rhythms of ritual
  • Renewing our relationship with nature
  • Learning to live more deeply with less
  • Deepening Belonging in our Communities
  • Ally is a verb; what action are you taking?
  • We are music

We are adding more all the time, so please visit again to find out more about our presenters and workshop descriptions.

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