Skylight Festival 2018

2018 Skylight Festival

July 27-29, 2018 at Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre Paris, ON

Dear United Church Friends,

We are so excited to invite you to be a part of the 2018 Skylight Festival – an event unlike any other in Canada. Heading into its fourth year, there are some big changes ahead for Skylight. We’re pleased to announce a move for this year to Five Oaks Retreat Centre. We feel their new vision to be an interfaith, spiritual centre perfectly compliments our own, and of course, the beautiful, natural setting is a wonderful addition. We are also embarking on a new partnership with the United Church of Christ in the States.

For the fourth year running, Skylight is nurturing a celebratory and creative space where diverse communities of all ages connect . We’re bringing together amazing speakers, artists and musicians to talk about justice issues, spirituality, and how God might be leading us as communities of faith into the future.

Skylight is a place to connect, to be challenged, and to grow.

But it takes a lot of resources to make Skylight happen. It takes relationships, volunteer time, many, many conversations, and of course money. Skylight is still a new venture and unique in its approach and vision. As we apply for grants and funding, we find that we don’t fit it into any ready-made box that can be checked. We’re a little too churchy for some sources of funds. A little too broad-based and multi-faith for denominational funding. A little too avant garde and inclusionary for some denominations.

So we are asking for your help, and inviting your participation. Your congregation can be a part of Skylight in 3 important ways:

Become a Sponsor: Give a financial offering to support this year’s festival and help us plan for for the future.

  • ●  For $100 – $499, you’ll be included in our program as a sponsor.
  • ●  For $500 – $999, your church will be included in the program, thanked

    verbally before a daytime session, and receive one complimentary

    weekend pass to the festival.

  • For $1,000+ (roughly the cost of an evening “Headliner” session), your church will have a featured place in our program, be thanked verbally before an evening session, and receive 2 complimentary weekend passes.

    Come to Skylight! Register for the weekend, a day, or better yet, bring a group of 6 and get a discount. Seniors’ and Youth Rates are available. Registration is open through our website:

    Send volunteers . Volunteers are critical to the success of Skylight. Perhaps your church can send some volunteers who would be able to register for the discounted rate of $50 for the weekend..

    Please contact us at with any further questions.. Cheques, along with sponsorship form,

  • Skylight Festival Sponsorship

    can be mailed to:

  • The United Church of Canada Attn: Skylight Festival
    3250 Bloor Street West Suite 200 Toronto, ON
    M8X 2Y4

    Please make out cheques to “The United Church of Canada” with “Skylight Festival” in the memo line.

    Thank you so much for considering this important initiative. The Skylight Team