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

Karen Armstrong

Religious thinker Karen Armstrong has written more than 20 books on faith and the major religions, studying what Islam, Judaism and Christianity have in common, and how our faiths shaped world history and drive current events. We will engage her wisdom and teaching by way of video clips from her work on compassion.

Greta 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 founder of the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity, and will be presenting in person on the theme of Justice.


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.

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: Theme Presentation and Discussion – Karen Armstrong (video guest). Small group discussion after video clips.


Saturday, October 5, 2019

9:00 am – 10:00 am    Session 3: Theme Presentation and Discussion: Justice – Gretta Vosper (in person presenter)

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: Theme presentation and Discussion (TBA)

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 Jazz Ensemble

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 musical presentations and storytelling. 

Sunday, October 6, 2019

10:00 am – 11:15 am     Session 6: SSUC Spiritual Gathering with theme presenters and conference musicians.

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.

Complete Registration Form and Proceed to Payment

Gathering 10AM Sunday