This June in the Netherlands

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June 2 – 6, 2017

Whitsun fire, The gift of freedom

How do we catch the spark? How do we nurse the flame? How do we light the fire?

This conference is an excellent opportunity to meet different people from all over the world belonging to the Christian Community, to celebrate the Act of Consecration of Man, and work together on our central theme.

For our regular participants and the youth (15 – 25) we will offer different programs with lectures, workshops and other activities. A bazaar will acquaint you with all kinds of initiatives in The Christian Community around the world; here a flame is burning or maybe a whole fire? We call them ‘fire pits.’

For children age 10 – 14 there will be a special tented camp on our own campground near the village of Ruinen.

For more information, go to www.whitsunconference2017.org. On this website you will find all kinds of information concerning the conference. Soon you will be able to register as a participant or post your questions. The conference includes a children’s camp and youth festival.

Seeing Christ Through 20th Century Art

the-lamb-by-paul-kleeLooking back to the twentieth century, we see mankind go collectively through a profound crisis.  We entered a dark abyss.  Out of the darkness Christ revealed himself anew.  Traces of this event are reflected in the art and artists who lived through it.  In this course we will learn to see these traces.

Join the seminary in Chestnut Ridge, New York for this open course with seminary directors Revs. Bastiaan Baan and Patrick Kennedy and artist Regine Kurek: December 12 – 16, 2016.

Register here. Only 10 spaces left!

 

 

Job Opening

Legacy Giving Coordinator

Position Summary:

The person filling this new position of Legacy Giving Coordinator is accountable to the Regional Board of North America and provides guidance and support to the individual congregations as they work to create and build an active Legacy Giving Program in a way that is congruent with the specific interests and fundraising maturity of each congregation.

The Legacy Giving Coordinator will work with the congregations to find the resources they may require to develop their Legacy Giving Programs. To these ends, the Legacy Giving Coordinator will work closely with congregational liaisons and serve as a catalyst for conversation with and within our congregations.

The short and long term goals of the Legacy Giving Coordinator are to facilitate, encourage, guide, service, and support not less than six congregations in North America as they create, launch, develop, and build active an Legacy Giving Program in their communities over the next three years. There will be objective measurements provided to gauge the success of both this position and program on an annual basis. Read More

Upcoming Retreat in Pennsylvania

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

February 8 – 10, 2013
Tenemos Retreat Center, 1564 Telegraph Road (Rt. 162) West Chester, Pennsylvania 19382

And Jesus said unto them: I am the bread of life. He who comes to me shall never hunger and he who trusts in me shall never thirst… John 6:35 One of the basic, daily tasks we all face is finding and taking in nourishment. Eating and drinking belong to the core rhythms of our day. Yet sometimes, we reach the end of our day and find that, despite being well-fed, we are living with a much deeper hunger that has not been fulfilled. This awakens in us, the question: What is the daily bread of which the “Our Father” speaks? All over the world, many are awakening to the question: What is it that truly nourishes us? The question will live at the center of our retreat community for this year.

Helping to facilitate our work together at the Retreat will be:  Rev. Marcus Knausenberger, Rev. Nora Minassian, Rev. Peter Skaller and Gillian Schoemaker, Eurythmy

The cost for the weekend is $240 (including meals). For a single room, the cost is $270.00. The deadline for registration is February 4th. Those who register before January 18th will receive a discounted rate of $230.

For registration information and the schedule click on this flyer link:  {title} {version}

For information about the retreat center, visit, http://www.temenosretreat.org/

Winter Conferences

Columbia and Her Country

Working with the Spirit of the United States of America: A Conference for Young Adults

January 2-5, 2013, Spring Valley, New York  

In today’s political climate, some are inflamed with political fervor, and others have completely turned away. Is it possible to move beyond political debate to have a conversation that encompasses both the roots and the destiny of the United States?

This January we will engage these questions by exploring the spirit that is at the heart of the founding principles of our nation — liberty, justice, and peace. Before “Lady Liberty” there was “Columbia,” the inspiring Spirit that bound the Founders together and gave their individual struggles and ordeals a common purpose. Is she working still?

Come and join us in taking on this mission! Young adults (18-35), priests Richard Dancey, Nora Minassian, and Jonah Evans, and invited guest Rick Spaulding (American historian and prolific scholar), will gather to work with these themes through presentations, discussion groups and artistic activities.

The Conference will be held in the Spring Valley Congregation at 15 Margetts Rd., Spring Valley, NY.

Click here to register online.  Fee: $100.

Information: Contact Rev. Jonah Evans at 845-573-9080.

Impossible?!  The unlimited potential and power of the human spirit

Winter Youth Conference and Martin Luther King Jr. Service Weekend 

January 18 – 21, 2013, Washington, D.C.

Teenagers from Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, New York and Chicago are coming to the D.C. area for our annual Winter Youth Conference over the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend. In addition to getting to know each other and taking up our theme in conversation and presentations there will be games, music and singing, service work, improvisational city actions and participation in this year’s presidential inauguration.

Priests Patrick Kennedy, Carol Kelly, Liza Marcato and Ann Burfeind will lead the weekend’s activities.

For more information contact Rev. Patrick Kennedy at cckennedy2006@gmail.com.

Click here to register online. Registration deadline is January 11th.