Winter Peace Retreat at Spruce Lake

A Place to Call Home

February 11-13, 2011 (Friday-Sunday)
Canadensis, PA (in the Poconos)

8.5"x11" poster (pdf)

Retreat Brochure (pdf)

Adult Program

Youth Options

Childrens Program



  • Videos
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    Other Info.


    Contact Us

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

    Adult Program:

    A Place to Call Home:
    Welcoming Undocumented Neighbors

    with Rick Ufford-Chase

    Rick Ufford-Chase, is the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship (PPF), and interim Co-Director of Stony Point Retreat Center.

    Before beginning his work with the PPF in 2006, Rick lived and worked on the U.S./Mexico border for twenty years. During his tenure on the border, Rick co-founded and then directed BorderLinks for eighteen years. During that time he also worked as a volunteer in the Sanctuary Movement to support Central American refugees and helped to found the volunteer, faith-based programs called "Samaritans" and "No More Deaths" to provide direct aid to migrants at risk in the deserts of southern Arizona.

    In 2004, after nearly twenty years in mission service for the Presbyterian Church (USA), Rick was elected Moderator of the General Assembly. While in that position Rick traveled to visit churches all over the United States and around the world. He has been a strong advocate for nurturing multi-cultural churches and for encouraging a strong, faith-based movement for peace and justice.

    Rick is married to Kitty Ufford-Chase, a lifelong Quaker, and they have three children.

    Youth Options:

    This year we are not offering a separate program for youth, because many of our congregations now hold winter retreats specifically for high school and junior high youth. However, youth will be welcome to participate in this retreat if they come with other family members. Some mature youth may benefit from participation in the adult program; also, there will be an opportunity for a few youth to help with the child care. Please check with us for details.

    Note that we can also work with church youth group leaders to help plan a youth retreat with a peace and justice theme.

    Child Care/Children's Activities

    We will provide child care and activities for children up to age 12 during the adult sessions. We also appreciate parents or other adults who would like to help out with child care for one or more of the sessions.


    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.

    Preliminary Schedule

    Friday, February 11
    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 12
    8:00-8:30 AM Breakfast
    9:00-12:00First Session
    12:00-12:30 PM Lunch
    12:30-5:00 PM Free Time** - outdoor and indoor activities available
      - 1:00-3:30 PM Videos / Discussion
      - 3:30-5:00 PM Immigration - Legislative Issues in Pennsylvania - with Emma Cleveland, ACLU
    5:00-6:00 PM Dinner
    7:00-9:00 PM Second Session
    9:00 PM Snack*
    11:00 PM Bedtime (Quiet)
    Sunday, February 13
    8:00-8:30 AM Breakfast
    9:00-10:30 AM Final Session
    10:45 AM Worship Service with Communion
    (adults & children)
    12:15-12:45 PM Lunch

    *Please bring bagged snacks (cookies, pretzels, chips, etc) to share with others during the evenings. You are also encouraged to bring your own mug for snack times or coffee during the program sessions.
    **During "Free Time" on Saturday afternoon there will be
    videos and discussion time (on peace issues) as an alternative to outdoor recreation. (There will not be child care or children's activities on Saturday afternoon. Parents are encouraged to enjoy recreation with their children.)

  • 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

    [Printable Registration Form]

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

    Most rooms accommodate up to four people (a double bed and a bunk bed with private bath), and one or two additional family members may be accommodated 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:

    $163.00 Adults
    $75.00 Youth (rooming with parents)
    $45.00 Children (Ages 6-12)
    Children under 6 are free!

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

    City, State___________________________________ZIP____________
    Child's Name              Age                        Sex
    ____Adults @ $163.00 each   __________
    ____Youth @ $75.00 each     __________
    ____Children @ $45.00 each  __________  
           (Additional donation __________ )      
                 Amount Enclosed___________
         Amount Due at Check-in _____________________
    [It is possible for adults to register for only the Saturday 
    program; cost is $40, including lunch and supper. Check with
    us for additional details.]
    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 21, 2011*
    [*Availabilty of meals & lodging not guaranteed after Jan. 21st -- check with Registrar] 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 substantially greater than what the participants pay. The difference is made up with funds from the Eastern District / Franconia Peace and Justice budget. Registration charges cover personal expenses for lodging and meals, but not our program costs such as honorariums, travel, and accommodations for our presenters, publicity, and other miscellaneous expenses.

    Your donations are much appreciated since they allow us to provide scholarships for low-income families or individuals.

    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 Bob Walden, 610-861-0653.)

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

    Camp Policies

    • Public areas and recreation areas are to be vacated by 11:00 PM. All areas are to be quiet after this time.
    • We strongly object to smoking. Under no circumstances is anyone permitted to smoke in any rooms of any building.
    • Pets are not permitted.
    • Guests are requested to leave their shirts on while at camp.
    • Use of alcoholic beverages is not permitted.
    • Motorized recreational vehicles (minibikes, snowmobiles, etc.) must be registered at the camp office before using them on the grounds.
    • Electrical appliances, such as electric fry pans, are not permitted.
    • Radios, tape players, etc. are permitted only in rooms designated for your group and only with the volume low. They are not permitted in public areas or outside.

    Resources - Immigration and Public Policy

    Resources recommended by Rick Ufford-Chase

    On white privilege Pennsylvania Legislation related to immigration Other Resources

    For more information about the Peace and Justice Committee, see

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    Last Updated: 3/22/11
    Created: May 8, 2010