Getting in the Way: the role of
Christian Peacemaker Teams

February 7-9, 2003 (Friday-Sunday)
Canadensis, PA (in the Poconos)

Family retreat with separate programs for adults, youth, and children, sponsored by The Peace and Social Concerns Committee, Eastern District Conference and Franconia Mennonite Conference of the Mennonite Church USA.

Adult Program:

Getting in the Way: the Role of
Christian Peacemaker Teams

with Kathleen Kern

Learn how to do justice by exploring unarmed models for peacemaking, analyzing the inherent integration of spirituality and social justice action, and looking at disciplined and organized team initiatives on nonviolence.

Kathleen Kern has worked with CPT (Christian Peacemaker Teams) since 1993, serving on assignments in Haiti, Hebron, Chiapas, South Dakota and Colombia. She is a frequent contributor to the Builder and has authored two books: When it Hurts to Live and We are the Pharisees. Kern will return from a three month stint in the West Bank in January 2003.

"Until people committed to nonviolence are willing to take the same risks for peace that soldiers are willing to take for war, people will always choose violence as the most viable solution to their problems."

Youth Program:

How can I be involved
in this broken world?

with Chris Kahila

We are under pressure to succeed, we want to be liked by others, we see events in the world and quickly become de-sensitized to other people's pain. We don't easily see our personal connection to the rest of the world. And when we do, we can become so overwhelmed that we don't act at all. So, how can we be involved?

Chris Kahila, who is now Administrator for the Service Adventure program of the Mennonite Mission Network, has also served as youth pastor at Hesston Mennonite Church. Chris grew up in Southern Michigan and is a graduate of Hesston College, Tabor College, and Friends University; he moved to Kansas in 1996. Chris and his wife Kerri have two children.

(Chris will also have information about the Youth Venture and Service Adventure programs for youth and young adults.)

Childrens Programs (led by volunteers)

There will be separate programs during the three adult sessions for children of all ages and baby-sitting for preschoolers. Childrens age groups are nursery, 5-8, and 9-12. (Additional volunteers are needed; teaching materials will be provided.)

Heidi Beth Wert and Willow Wert will lead the older children in exploring principles of peace through rhythm and sharing of world cultural drum stories, as well as preparing liturgical drumming for worship. Heidi is co-director of " Drumming for Peace."


Spruce Lake Retreat Center, RR#1, Box 605, Canadensis, PA 18325. (570) 595-7505.
Spruce Lake Retreat is located 2.5 miles north of Canadensis on PA Rt. 447, in the Pocono Mountains.


Friday, February 7
7:00 PM Check-in
8:00 PM Opening program for All
Music, sharing of peace stories
9:30 PM Snack*
11:00 PM Bedtime (Quiet)
Saturday, February 8
8:00-8:30 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM First Adult Session and Youth Session
10:30 AM Adult Discussion / Free Time**
12:00-12:30 PM Lunch
12:30 PM Free Time** / Videos / Discussion
5:30-6:00 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Second Adult Session and Youth Session
9:30 PM Snack*
11:00 PM Bedtime (Quiet)
Sunday, February 9
8:00-8:30 AM Breakfast
9:00-10:30 AM Final Adult and Youth Session
10:45 AM Worship Service with Communion
12:15-12:45 PM Lunch

*Please bring bagged snacks (cookies, pretzels, chips, etc) to share with others during the evenings.
**During "Free Time" on Saturday morning there will be extended adult discussion time (10:30-11:30) with Kathleen Kern. On Saturday afternoon there will be videos and discussion time (on peace issues) as an alternative to outdoor recreation.

  • After Sunday lunch you and your family may stay for more recreation or head for home.
  • Weather permitting, the following winter recreational activies are available at Spruce Lake: cross-country skiing with ski rental, tubing, and ice-skating (bring your own skates).

    Registration Information

    Please plan to register early; space is limited. Sometimes we have had to turn away families because of the space limitation.

    Most rooms accomodate up to four people (a double bed and a bunk bed with private bath), and one or two additional family members may be accomodated in the same room on the floor if you wish to bring sleeping bags for them. Single adults who wish to room together should send in their registration forms together, otherwise they will be paired with other singles if space is limited.

    Cost to Participants:

    $100.00 Adults *($90.00 if paid before Jan. 1, 2003)
    $24.00 Children (Ages 6-12)
    $60.00 Youth (Ages 13-18)
    Children under 6 are free!

    --------------------- Registration Form ------------------------------

    City, State___________________________________ZIP____________
    Child's Name              Age                        Sex
    ____Adults @ 100.00 each*   __________
    ____Children @ $24.00 each  __________  
    ____Youth @ $60.00 each     __________  
           (Additional donation __________ )      
                 Amount Enclosed___________
         Amount Due at Check-in _____________________
    Make checks payable to:
                       Eastern District Conference
    Mail this registration form to:
         Becky Felton
         942 Camp Trail Road
         Quakertown, PA 18951 
    Registration deadline is January 15, 2003
    Any questions?  Need more information? 
    Call  Becky Felton, 215-536-7935,  E-mail:
      or  Robert Walden, 610-861-0653, E-mail:

    Financial Information

    Our registration rates are listed on the registration form above, but the actual cost of the retreat is about 50% greater than what the participants pay. The difference is made up with funds from the Eastern District Peace and Social Concerns budget and Franconia Conference. The actual lodging and meal costs are about $110 for adults and youth, and $35 for children (ages 6-11). not including program costs such as honorariums, travel, and accomodations for our presenters, publicity, and other miscellaneous expenses.

    If you wish to pay the actual cost of the retreat, it would be greatly appreciated. Other donations to the retreat are also welcome.

    Some financial help is available for those who find it difficult to pay the amount we charge. We want to enable as many people as possible to attend this retreat. (Contact Carl Yusavitz, 215-248-2140.)

    If you have dietary restrictions or require other special accomodations (e.g., diabetic, or vegitarian, or difficulty climbing stairs, etc.) please include information about your needs.

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    Last Updated: 9/16/2002
    Created: Septermber 13, 2002