Winter Peace Retreat at Spruce Lake
How Did War Get to Be Religious?
Supporting Christian Peace-Builders in U.S. War-Culture
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.
Supporting Christian Peace-Builders in U.S. War-Culture
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.
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 ActivitiesWe 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.
LocationSpruce Lake Retreat Center
5389 Route 447, Canadensis, PA 18325.
Spruce Lake Retreat is located 2.5 miles north of Canadensis on PA Rt. 447, in the Pocono Mountains.
*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.)
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!
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Name_________________________________________________________ Address______________________________________________________ City, State___________________________________ZIP____________ Phone______________________________E-mail____________________ Child's Name Age Sex ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ ____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*
Financial InformationOur 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.
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
For more information about the Peace and Justice Committee, see efpjc.ppjr.org.