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.
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.
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.
An Interview with W. Lee Dickson, Executive Director of the Godly Play Foundation by Jeannie Babb
W. Lee Dickson Executive Director Godly Play Foundation
“I wonder if God has everything planned?” Asked to recall favorite wondering thoughts from children, this is the first one that comes to mind for W. Lee Dickson. It could also be a thematic question for Dickson’s own journey with Godly Play.
As of the new year, Dickson signed on to the role of Executive Director of the Godly Play Foundation — a turn in her story that she could not have anticipated the first time she walked into a Godly Play room about nineteen years ago.
“We were at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Cohasset, Massachusetts,” she recalls. ” A story was told to a group of adults nineteen years ago, at a fall orientation for parents of children in Godly Play.” Sally Thomas was the story teller, and she was telling the Great Family. Continue reading →