Come to Winnipeg for the 2019 CCP convention

Published on January 12, 2019 by in Features, News


You are invited to our 2019 conference on Christian journalism in Canada!

The Canadian Church Press is partnering with a group of communications professionals in Winnipeg to hold our next annual convention there, May 2-3. Now is a great time to mark those dates on your calendar and start thinking about travel options.

Winnipeg hospitality

A number of CCP members are based in Winnipeg, which has made it a great location for our annual convention many times, most recently in 2010 and 2014. (Not to mention the Canadian Human Rights Museum, a must-visit!) The CCP offers a limited amount of travel bursaries each year to defray some of the cost of airfare for members with limited budgets.


Christian journalism in Canada – past, present and future – with a special emphasis on the legacy of ChristianWeek, a digital-only publication today that was for many years the country’s leading Protestant weekly print periodical.

A watershed moment for the CCP

Building on member consultations held in recent years, this year’s event will feature a vote on reorganizing/restructuring/renaming the organization to ensure our community continues healthy and constructive in the face of present and future challenges. Leading up to the convention, the CCP will be circulating a “new vision” document for discussion and also polling members on their choice of a new name for the organization at

Keynote on the present

On the current state of communications in the world of the church in Canada today we will hear from Lorna Dueck, Christian broadcaster and commentator, CEO of Yes TV and host of Context with Lorna Dueck.

Keynote on the past

The impact of Canadian Christian journalism in recent decades can be examined using the story of ChristianWeek. We’ll hear from Gerry Bowler, former professor of history at the University of Manitoba.

Keynote on the future

On the landscape of the future we will want to communicate into, we’ll turn to Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Waterloo and co-author of the forthcoming book None of the Above: Having No Religion in the United States and Canada.


Wednesday night

Reception and awards banquet

Thursday morning

CCP AGM, future structure conversation and discussion of new collaborative digital platform initiative

Lunch on your own at Folio Cafe in Marpeck Commons at CMU

Thursday afternoon

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (guided tour and free time to wander)

Supper on your own at the Forks

Thursday evening

Christian Journalism in Canada Symposium opening plenary with Lorna Dueck

Friday morning and afternoon

Christian Journalism in Canada Symposium with Gerry Bowler and Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme


Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg.

Registrants should make their own accommodation arrangements.

Dormitory-style accommodation at CMU:

Rooms are furnished with desks, chairs, and closet space. Rooms have two single beds that share a self-locking washroom. Bedding and towels are included. Single Occupancy $50.50/night; Double Occupancy $37.25/night. Room Rates are subject to Provincial Sales Tax (8%), Goods and Services Tax (5%), and Civic Accommodation Tax (5%).

Local hotels (10 minutes drive away):

Viscount Gort: $129 a night,

Clarion: $152 a night,


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P.S. See our new student journalism award contest.


Updated February 7, 2019

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