This week marks the last week to register for our February 6th and 7th winter retreat and symposium. We hope you’ll join us then!
Led by faith leaders, activists, counselors, nonprofit professionals, scientists, and artists, this event will provide meaningful learning and community building opportunities as we gather to discern what it means to care for creation, love our neighbor, and build resilience during this time of climate and ecological crisis. Here is the agenda for both days of our gathering. Below you’ll find additional information to help you consider and/or plan your attendance.
More about Monday’s retreat (2/6): Our gathering on 2/6 is designed with clergy and faith leaders (non-ordained congregational staff/leaders, faith-based nonprofit professionals, faith leaders working in nontraditional contexts, chaplains, and teachers/students of theology and religion) in mind. Our time together will be led by our keynote speaker, Avery Davis Lamb of Creation Justice Ministries, and will focus on what it means to practice radical welcome within a climate-changed world. We will consider the question: how can we build beloved community and lead with courage and hope during this particular moment in history? Read more about Avery’s keynote addresses here. Though formal programming will not begin on Monday until 1:00 pm, Rev. Kevin Bates of the Way in the Wilderness Community will lead an optional hike for attendees beginning at 9 am. This morning saunter will focus on restoration and filling one’s spirit in preparation for the day.
More about Tuesday’s symposium (2/7): Our full-day gathering on 2/7 is open to all community members and creation care/ecological justice advocates. In addition to community building opportunities and a keynote address from Avery (which you can read more about here), participants will have the chance to attend a variety of workshops covering topics of importance—from solidarity with Indigenous communities to creative land stewardship, children’s activities, organizing a movement, and more. Learn more about our Tuesday workshop offerings here.
Registration closes on January 30th. The cost to attend Monday’s retreat is $50 per person. The cost to attend Tuesday’s symposium is $75 per person. Scholarships and student discounts are available for both days of the conference. Group rates are available for Tuesday. To inquire about a scholarship, please email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org. To inquire about Tuesday group rates, please email Susan at email@example.com. For those traveling from out of town, a limited number of rooms remain available at the Montreat Conference Center. To learn more, click the registration link below. We hope to see you soon!