Winter Peace Retreat at Spruce Lake
Powerful Beyond Measure: An honest conversation about power, peace, and transformation
8.5"x11" poster (pdf)
"the kingdom of God ... is like yeast"
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.
with Steve Kriss and Jenifer Eriksen Morales
Anabaptists have always had an uneasy relationship with power--whether "the powers that be" in government, institutional religious power, or our shared or personal power. Yet, as the Anabaptist world has grown to include vibrant communities from across the world and more--and as Anabaptists in the U.S. have gained resources and privilege--those who are of European descent wrestle with what it means to have power and to be in relationship with those who have different kinds or less power. Our adult program will address realities of that struggle and this uneasy relationship from the perspective of local, neighborhood communities in conversation with global shifts and relationships.
Steve Kriss, Director of Communication and Leadership Cultivation with Franconia Mennonite Conference, works with Indonesian-speaking congregations and new leaders. He also oversees communication strategies for the Conference. Steve is LEADership minister for new and established congregations in Central Bucks County and the Lehigh Valley. Besides his Conference work, Steve also works with Eastern Mennonite University and does some teaching at Biblical Seminary. To relax, he likes to read, hike, bike and go to the city, the beach or the mountains. He also enjoys walking around in his neighborhood in Philly.
Jenifer Eriksen Morales journeys with Franconia Mennonite Conference congregations in transition and with intentional interim ministers, providing support and resourcing. She is also a LEADership Minister for eight congregations. Jenifer and her husband Victor have a bi-cultural, Mexican/American, English/Spanish speaking family. They have 3 children: Nicolas, Jonathan, and Janae. The family loves soccer and trips to the mountains and beach. Before coming to work for Franconia Conference, Jenifer was the Language and Literacy Program Coordinator for ProJeCt of Easton, Inc. To relax, she enjoys spending time with friends over a good cup of coffee. She also reads and loves a little friendly competition through board and table games. Jenifer has many fond memories of growing up in a Franconia Conference congregation, including the recent gathering at her ordination in May 2011.
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. Pat Hedrick will lead peacemaking activities for children ages 6-12. 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 [HTML] or [PDF]
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 $125 charge for a single person who requests a private room.) Adults who are willing to share a three-person room will also help us to accommodate more participants at an acceptable cost.
Cost to Participants:$186.00 Adult
$311.00 Adult, private room
$ 61.00 Youth (rooming with parents)
$ 35.00 Children (Ages 6-11)
Children under 6 are free!
Mail registration form to:
Registration deadline is January 23, 2015*
Any questions? Need more information?
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 and Franconia Conferences. 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 Carolynn Boyd, 610-489-9084.)
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 - Powerful Beyond Measure: An honest conversation about power, peace, and transformation
Publications and Resources related to this event
For more information about the Peace and Justice Committee, see efpjc.ppjr.org.