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“Come from Away, Come to Play!” 2019 North American Godly Play Conference

The eighth Godly Play Conference to be held in North America will be a time for everyone – from experienced trainers to curious newcomers – to deepen understanding of the art and practice of Godly Play in North America and around the world. The conference will be held June 20-22, 2019 at the Sheraton Hotel, amid the extraordinary hospitality, rugged beauty and playful environment of St. John’s, Newfoundland – the easternmost city in Canada.

St. John’s, Newfoundland

Featured Speakers

ELAINE CHAMPAGNE – Dr. Elaine Champagne is an associate professor in the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Laval (Québec, Canada), where she holds the Chair in Educational Leadership in Spiritual Theology and Spiritualities.

REBECCA NYE – Dr Rebecca Nye is a specialist in childhood spirituality. In her published works she has explored this theme in church, school, hospital and home contexts with pre-schoolers to teens. Applying her training in psychology to issues in Christian ministry, Rebecca spent eight years in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, where she introduced Godly Play to the UK.

PETER PRIVETT – The Reverend Peter Privett is a priest in the Church of England, currently part of the Family Ministry Team at St. Andrew’s Church in Rugby. He is a Godly Play practitioner and international trainer, as well as Chair of the Godly Play International Council (GPIC).

ANDREW SHELDON – The Reverend Canon Doctor Andrew Sheldon serves as the Godly Play Advocate for International Development.

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Are you ready to draw the circle wider?

This summer, Godly Play teachers, Trainers, and leaders from around the world will gather June 23-25, 2017, for continuing education, inspiration and fellowship. Continuing a tradition of coming together about every other year, the conference in Denver, Colorado, will include small group workshop rotations and work time. We will also celebrate Godly Play founder Jerome Berryman’s birthday! We hope you will join us.

The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center

The conference will be held at the Inverness Hotel and Conference Center, featuring a large indoor pool, golf course and driving range, on-site spa and fitness center, and many other amenities.

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Godly Play as Spiritual Intervention presented at International Conference for Children’s Spirituality

Doug Watts and Ryan Campbell recently presented a workshop at the 15th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN’S SPIRITUALITY, convened by the International Association for Children’s Spirituality, at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, UK.

15th International Conference on  Children's Spirituality Workshop Leaders

15th International Conference on Children’s Spirituality Workshop Leaders

The theme of this year’s conference, SPIRITUALITY AND THE WHOLE CHILD: INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES, matches closely the focus of the work Watts and Campbell do at Children’s Medical Center – Dallas.  Continue reading

US Trainers Gather to Nurture the Nurturers

United States Godly Play Trainers gather in Chicago 2016

Trainers gather in Chicago

On July 21-24, Godly Play Trainers from around the United States were joined by Godly Play Foundation representatives and special guests at the Cenacle Retreat and Conference Center in Chicago for a weekend of training and support. The Godly Play Foundation plans and sponsors yearly gatherings for the College of Trainers to expand skills, foster fellowship and deepen collegiate relationships, and to wonder together. Continue reading

2015 North American Godly Play Conference – “Godly Play Outside the Box”

The 2015 sewanee all saintsNorth American Godly Play Conference will be held July 29 – August 1 at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. The theme is “Godly Play Outside the Box.”

Please visit our Conference webpage for more information–we hope you can join us!