Other Wisdom Centre events participants have enjoyed include:


  • Finding the Sacred in Poetry with Kim Langley – September 26 – 28, 2014

  • Weaving Strands – Liturgy for Living – July 20 – 23, 2014
    2014 National Worship Conference, offered by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Anglican Church of Canada, in Edmonton.

  • The Seven Year Itch: What Have We Learned and Where Are We Going on the Wisdom Way? – Saturday, May 3, 2014
    Don McLeod guided us through a process of looking together at what we have learned and been exposed to over the past seven years.

  • Thomas Moore – April 25 – 26, 2014
    The Wisdom  Center was pleased to present Thomas Moore in conjunction with the Calgary Jung Society.

  • Living the Questions 2.0 – Seven Tuesdays, March 18 – April 29, 2014
    Each week we watched a 20 minute video followed by a facilitated discussion.

  • Dr. Pittman McGeHee – November 15 – 16, 2013
    The Wisdom  Center was pleased to present Dr. McGehee in conjunction with the Calgary Jung Society.

  • Rabbi Rami Shapiro – October 18 – 20, 2013
    B’nai Tikvah and the Wisdom Centre welcomed Rabbi Rami Shapiro for a shared 3-day event.

  • Juleta Severson-Baker – June 13, 2013
    Launched “Every Word Spoken : a wonderful collection of poetry and prayers that rises directly from the ashes fired by twin contemporary sensibilities: uncertainty and ambiguity.

  • The Reverend Dr. Herbert O’Driscoll – May 23-24 2013.  Herb explored with us the issues facing the modern church and lead a facilitated dialogue on how we make the church and its traditional practices relevant in the 21st Century. Audio Archive.

  • Introductory Wisdom School with Cynthia Bourgeault, April 21 – 26, 2013 Cynthia led a small group in a 5 day Wisdom School, featuring the content of her books The Wisdom Way of Knowing and The Gospel of Thomas.”  This event would be #5 and go between Peter Rollins and Herb O’Driscoll.

  • Peter Rollins –  November 16 – 18, 2012.  Peter Rollins led us to be ‘Offensive in all the Right Ways’ with his Theory of Pyro-Theology and to break our addiction to satisfaction and certainty.

  • Saving Paradise on Earth: Faith for the 21st Century ~ Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock PhD – Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4, 2012. Lakeview United Church

  • Barbara Brown Taylor – December 2 – 4th, 2011. Dr. Taylor gave an evening lecture on “Sacred Darkness” and an all day workshop on “Writing as Spiritual Practice.” During the workshop she invited participants to engage writing for the purposes of deepening the human spirit and noting how the Holy Spirit works.

  •  The Church in the Inventive Age – May 12, 2011 Doug Pagitt drew from his book of the same title outlining how North American Society has moved from the Agricultural Age, to the Industrial Age, to the Information Age, to the Inventive Age. Pagitt gave suggestions as to how the Church must respond to the reality and expectations of this new age.www.dougpagitt.com

  • Blessings, Beauty and the Poetry of the Sacred May 6-8, 2011 Jewish poet, painter and liturgist Dr. Marcia Falk led this three-day event that is co-hosted with B’nai Tikvah Reformed Jewish congregation.  Falk drew from her own prayers and blessings as well as the sacred poetry of others to help us expand how we speak of and to the Divine.www.marciafalk.com

  • Reading Scripture Through Other’s Eyes January 21 and 22, 2011 Trinity Institute Tele-Conference with  Walter Bruegemann, Mary Gordon, Teresa Okure, Gerald West and Steed Davidson.  www.trinitywallstreet.org

  • The Church is Dead: Long Live the Church November 19-21, 2010.  Writer, editor and speaker Phyllis Tickle led us through a three day session about the Emerging Age, the Church in the Emerging Age and leadership in the Emergent Age. www.phyllistickle.com

  • Following in the Footsteps of St. John of the Cross: Christian Insight Meditation Silence and Awareness Retreat (March  2010 and April 2011) This 9 day retreat taught the Buddhist practice of Vipassana, or insight meditation within the framework of Christian contemplative prayer found in Carmelite spirituality, especially in the life and writings of St. John of the Cross and the illuminating writings of Teresa of Avila.

  • Building an Ethical Economy: Theology and the Marketplace (Jan. 29 – 30, 2010) Advocating for an ethical economy – one that works toward the biblical ideal of sufficiency for all and is resistant to exploitation – is a priority, especially for clergy and lay leaders. This two-day conference sponsored by the Wisdom Centre and the Trinity Institute, brought together leading theologians and economists to talk about the relationship between economics and Christian belief and action. www.trinitywallstreet.org

  • The Sacred Art of Loving Kindness: An Inter-faith Exploration of Compassion – Rabbi Rami Shapiro (Nov. 20 – 22, 2009) Rabbi Shapiro drew on Jewish and Christian traditions, and from other faiths and traditions, to give people practical tools for living in the world. The conference included worship at B’nai Tikvah, an all day-workshop at Christ Church and Sunday morning worship at Christ Church. www.rabbirami.com

  • Radical Abundance: A Theology of Sustainability: A Tele-Conference with the Trinity Institute (Jan. 2009) Speakers Marjora Carter, Timothy Gorringe, David Korten, Néstor O. Míguez and Miriam MacGillis discussed how only in striving for sustainable relationships, rather than accumulating and consuming more for ourselves, can we discover true abundance. www.trinitywallstreet.org

  • The Wisdom Jesus – Cynthia Bourgeault (Nov. 4, 2008) Bourgeault presented Jesus as a wisdom figure with a public lecture and all day workshop. She also presented specific spiritual practices such as centering prayer and chanting.www.contemplative.org/cynthia.html

  • Evolutionary Faith – Diarmuid O’Murchu (May 2008) Diarmuid led a lecture on the evolution of faith, exploring how the story of evolution, – in terms of cosmos, earth, and humanity – unravels the benign mystery within which everything is held in being. www.diarmuid13.com

  • Efaith: Engaging the multi-sensory world and the emerging Church – Rev. Dr. Eric Elnes (Apr. 17-19, 2008) This three-day conference began with Eric’s documentary film, Asphalt Jesus about his journey across North American spreading the good news about Progressive Christianity. Other conference activities included several workshops including one about liturgy, and a multi-sensory worship service.www.ericelnes.com

  • Christianity in a Post Modern World – Don McLeod (Sept. 29, 2007) An all day workshop for church members and leaders about the changing world the church is called to minister in.

  • The Wisdom Centre was launched with a public lecture (May 2007) by Diana Butler Bass, author of Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith. The evening was attended by 150 people coming from Anglican, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Catholic, United, Baptist, Alliance, and Unitarian congregations.www.dianabutlerbass.com