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Holy Shift! Conference: Size-mic Upgrade with Alice Mann

Oct 4-6
Holy Shift! Conference: Size-mic Upgrade with Alice Mann

A weekend Conference for United Church people to connect and inspire, Holy Shift! Size-mic Upgrade is designed for small and medium congregations across our Pacific Mountain Region and features an exceptional Keynote Speaker: Alice Mann – leading consultant, educator, and author in the field of congregational development.

In these decades of the repeat message ‘size matters’ and ‘bigger is better’, we’re bringing you together to shake the rhetoric up, changing the struggle narrative to one of empowerment and action. Small is not the problem: Small is the way.

At Size-mic Upgrade, we’re providing space to honour our churches – sized as we are – and equip congregations to feel their strength and they harness power to be faithful through some of the tough stuff.


Keynote Alice Mann will reinforce our foundations — alongside Winner of the 2015 Western Canadian Music Award for Urban Recording of The Year, the amazing Dawn Pemberton! … Expect musical awe and grooves as  Chris Giffin and John McHan of rEvolve come together with Dawn, at the Holy Shift Size-mic Upgrade Conference.


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Join Us for this Holy Shift Conference!
Size-mic Upgrade with Alice Mann
Oct 4-6, 2019
Kamloops BC/ Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc Territory

HolyShift! Conference: Size-mic Upgrade is a LeaderShift program in partnership with the Kamloops United Churches and the folks of the former Kamloops-Okanagan Presbytery.


Alice Mann is a leading consultant, educator, and author in the field of congregational development, with emphasis on creating new pathways for small and struggling churches; breaking through size plateaus; defining judicatory roles in growth and revitalization; and helping church leaders to discern and care for the “soul” of their local communities. Alice draws insight from two decades of pastoral experience, nineteen years as an Alban Institute consultant, and twelve years of intensive volunteer leadership in her local community. She engages large and small groups in practical learning and candid conversation about the choices church leaders face today.


Vibrant, genuine and soulful, Dawn has deep musical roots that take her powerful voice from gospel and soul to jazz, funk and world music. She has become a staple of the Vancouver music scene and can often be found tearin’ it up as a vocalist, pianist, teacher, adjudicator, choir director and “go to girl” for live performances and studio sessions. She currently spends her time touring with her own original music project as well as with Canadian blues juggernaut,The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer. Dawn has toured extensively throughout Canada and Europe and has performed with musical greats such as  Betty Levette, John Boutte, Kenny Werner, Kurt Elling, Nick Jonas, Toni Braxton, Robert Randolph &The Family Band, Randy Bachman and has opened for musical heavyweights Maceo Parker and St. Paul & The Broken Bones. Dawn is the founder and Artistic Director of Roots ‘N’ Wings Women’s Choir and teaches masterclasses and workshops all over North America. Her debut solo album, Say Somethin’,  released on DoRight! Music won Best Urban Recording at the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards and has received praise from around the globe forecasting her as “…the  new queen of Canadian soul.”  A passionate educator and performer, Dawn approaches music with a sense of adventure, quirkiness, and serious groove and shapes it into her own unique and dynamic package. Tight, expressive and bold, Dawn will hit you where it counts, funk you up and make you say “Go ‘head!”.


A composer, performer, music therapist and somatic counsellor, Chris has a private practice in which he integrates voice work, embodiment and spirituality with healing. From the late 90’s on, Christopher’s musical and liturgical passion was expressed by a long and involved commitment to reshaping music ministry in The United Church of Canada. For over a decade, Chris played with the nationally cherished music ensemble, rEvolve, at all levels of the church, and almost every summer at Naramata since 2003. Chris worked as a youth and music minister at the congregational level, writing and directing two youth musical theatre productions and founding an intergenerational music ministry ensemble. For Chris, songwriting is multifaceted – foremost a personal spiritual practice, from which he writes and improvises songs expressly for communities to sing to them. Since 2010 he has studied with Buddhist scholar and systems theorist Joanna Macy, and assisted her in facilitating the ‘Work that Reconnects’, most often as a musical animator for her transformational ecological work. rEvolve bandmate, Gord Oaks Jr. followed a call to Buddhist Monasticism, evolving Chris and Josh McHan (rEvolve bassist, and best friend) to write and share music as a duo, lead communities together in song and cook up new recording projects. Chris is located in Bellingham WA, where he loves to sing with his partner Clara and improvise lullabies for their 2 year old.

A graduate of the McGill Jazz Performance program in Montreal, Josh now makes his home in Edmonton where he is a regular feature on the jazz scene. Josh has performed with a number of high-profile jazz artists including Tommy Banks, Brad Turner, Mike Murley, Kevin Turcotte and Mike Rudd. He is a member of several groups including The Writers’ Guild and A/B Trio, both of which have had albums nominated for Western Canadian Music Awards for Jazz Recording of the Year. Josh has performed numerous times as a guest with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for their pops series, and is in high demand as a sideman for singer/songwriters in the folk and pop genres, performing both live and in the studio. In 2013, he received his Masters of Music degree in classical performance from the University of Alberta. Currently, Josh works as an adjunct professor at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta.