Winter Peace Retreat at Spruce Lake

How Did War Get to Be Religious?
Supporting Christian Peace-Builders in U.S. War-Culture

February 8-10, 2013 (Friday-Sunday)
Canadensis, PA (in the Poconos)

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Adult Program

Youth Options

Childrens Program

Location

Schedule

Registration

Other Info.

Resources

Contact Us




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Adult Program

Youth Options

Childrens Program

Location

Schedule

Registration

Other Info.

Resources

Contact Us

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:

How Did War Get to Be Religious?
Supporting Christian Peace-Builders in U.S. War-Culture

with Kelly Denton-Borhaug

Over the course of our retreat, we will delve into the reality of U.S. war-culture, and its shaping impact on all citizens, including Christians. In particular we will explore the "sacred canopy" that exists over U.S. militarization and war that is strongly linked to Christian notions of sacrifice. In light of this reality, we will think together and strategize regarding the spiritual response this calls forth, and the strategic initiatives that may strengthen Christian peace advocates.

Rev. Kelly Denton-Borhaug, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Chair of the Religion Department at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. She holds a Masters of Divinity with Honors from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley; she is ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. She has long been interested in Christian understandings of redemption, feminist theology and ethics; She also teaches courses that explore feminist theological ethics, liberation theology and ethics, and courses in the discipline of Peace and Justice Studies. Prior to coming to Pennsylvania, she worked as a Lutheran parish pastor in San Francisco for six years in the 80's, and before coming to Moravian College was Chaplain and Assistant Professor of Religion at Goucher College in Baltimore (2000-2005) and Assoc. Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University (1996-2000).
Following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, she began to investigate the links between Christian understandings of sacrifice and U.S. militarism and war. She has authored a number of publications, and her recent book U.S. War-culture, Sacrifice and Salvation, which relates to the theme of our retreat, is included in the Resource List below.


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.


Location

Spruce Lake Retreat Center
5389 Route 447, Canadensis, PA 18325.
(570) 595-7505
www.sprucelake.org
Spruce Lake Retreat is located 2.5 miles north of Canadensis on PA Rt. 447, in the Pocono Mountains.

Preliminary Schedule

Friday, February 8
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 9
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
  - 1:30-5:00 PM Videos / Discussion
5:00-6:00 PM Dinner
7:00-9:00 PM Second Session
9:00 PM Snack*
11:00 PM Bedtime (Quiet)
Sunday, February 10
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. (Note: There is an additional $50 charge for a single person who requests a private room.)

    Cost to Participants:

    $165.00 Adults
    $100.00 College Students
    $ 75.00 Youth (rooming with parents)
    $ 45.00 Children (Ages 6-12)
    Children under 6 are free!

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

    Name_________________________________________________________
    
    Address______________________________________________________
    
    City, State___________________________________ZIP____________
    
    Phone______________________________E-mail____________________
    
    Child's Name              Age                        Sex
    ____________________________________________________________
    ____________________________________________________________
    ____________________________________________________________
    ____________________________________________________________
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    ____Adults @ $165.00 each    __________
    ____Students @ $100.00 each  __________
    ____Youth @ $75.00 each      __________
    ____Children @ $45.00 each   __________  
            (Additional donation __________ )      
                           TOTAL __________
                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:
    	Carolynn Boyd, Registrar
    	Peace & Justice Committee
    	569 Yoder Road
    	Harleysville, PA 19438 
    
    Registration deadline is January 18, 2013*
    [*Availabilty of meals & lodging not guaranteed after Jan. 18th -- check with Registrar] Any questions? Need more information? Call Carolynn Boyd, 610-489-9084, E-mail: peaceretreat@ppjr.org or Robert Walden, 610-861-0653, E-mail: RWaldenPA@entermail.net

    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 - U.S. War Culture, Sacrifice & Salvation

    Publications / Presentations / Resources by Kelly Denton-Borhaug

    Thich Nhat Hanh - Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and peace activist

    Video Clips that Illustrate U.S. War Culture

    Other Resources

  • Also see the Video List for this retreat; some of thewe videos can be viewed on-line.

    For more information about the Peace and Justice Committee, see efpjc.ppjr.org.


  • Location: http://efpjc.ppjr.org/retreat/efp132.htm
    Last Updated: 3/7/2013
    Created: July 1, 2012