Study Conference

Synod Study Conference

February 5 – 8, 2018

Coast Canmore Hotel and Conference Centre
511 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore
(403) 678-3625



Keynote Speaker:  Rev. Dr. Allen Jorgenson

Dr. Jorgenson received his PhD in theology from St. Michael’s University College at the University of Toronto in 2003. He joined Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in 2005 where he is Professor of Systematic Theology and Assistant Dean. Prior to that, Dr. Jorgenson taught at WLU in an adjunct capacity and served as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada for 14 years

His research interests include studies in the theology of Martin Luther, the famed church reformer of the sixteenth century, and the theology of Friedrich Schleiermacher, the nineteenth century theologian sometimes called the Father of Modern Theology. Additionally, he explores how contemporary theology can be informed by Indigenous worldviews and the manner in which religious pluralism informs modern theology.


Conference Guest:  Rev. Dr. William Harrison

Installed as President of Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon on November 5, 2017, Rev. Dr. William Harrison writes:

“As a scholar, my current focus is on understanding and helping people to communicate the good news of Christ Jesus in today’s context. This includes work on everything from the World Religions conversation to spending time with people in challenged rural and urban churches. For me, this task is rooted in the Christian tradition, so that it connects directly to my other interests in the Reformation (with a focus on the English Reformation) and on Trinitarian and Christological theology.”

NEW IN 2018: 

GSI would love to be part of your wellness day on February 6th!

They are offering:

  • 15 minute chair massage (or make a double booking for 30 minutes)
  • consultation with a registered dietitian
  • financial wellness lunch & learn at any of these session (about 30 to 40 minutes) just bring in your food tray

Also new this year:

$150 registration fee for retired rostered leaders (diaconal and ordained ministers) and spouses. Thanks to additional Synod support, this is a reduced fee to encourage retired rostered leaders and spouses to participate in the Study Conference.

See more details of both of these new offerings in the information package, below.

For more information and the conference schedule, click here: Synod Study Conference 2018 information package

Payment for Registration fees can now be made by credit card directly in the registration forms:
You do NOT have to pay by credit card from the registration form; please follow the instructions within the form carefully if you wish to pay by cheque.

Adult Registration link: no longer available. Please contact the synod office:
Child(ren) Registration link:  Please contact the synod office:

Disclaimer from the Study Conference Planning Ministry Team regarding the choice of a place to hold the opening worship and reception:

Various options were explored as a result of concerns expressed in the evaluations recieved after the last Study Conference. As a result, the Study Conference Planning Ministry Team has determined that:

  • It is not preferable to hold these events at the hotel/conference centre because it isn’t an ideal atmosphere for worship, but more importantly, it means paying conference rental rates for another full day. The priority is to keep costs to an absolute minimum, in order to have the conference be as accessible to the most number of people, including retired Rostered Leaders.
  • For the past few years Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church (an LC-C congregation) has been used as is fairly close to the Coast Hotel, and available for a donation of $200.  This facility, though generously opened to us, has been somewhat awkward to use for the reception, however,  as it is not really adequate for a group of over 150 people.  
  • The Anglican Church, the United Church and the Catholic Church in Canmore were all contacted to see of their availability to hold the opening worship and reception.  The Anglican Church is already booked on Monday evenings, the United Church is very small, and the Catholic Church does not wish other church groups use their sanctuary.  Other churches in Canmore are farther away from the hotel.
  • Canmore Miners’ Union Hall was also contacted but it’s not available on Monday evenings and the rent is expensive. 

In light of these results, it was decided to continue meeting at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church.  We will make every effort to organize the serving of food and the provision of places to sit for the best use of the space available.

Please click on the following link to fill out the evaluation form (coming soon). We appreciate your feedback.