Today we welcome guest blogger Chris Lynn, Adult Conferences Program Director for Kanuga Conferences. Kanuga Conferences is situated on 1,400 mountain acres near Hendersonville, North Carolina, with scenic Kanuga Lake at its center. Each year Kanuga welcomes more than 25,000 guests to their year-round conference center, Camp Kanuga, Camp Bob and the Mountain Trail Outdoor School.
Reason #1: Walter Brueggemann
A leading scholar and theologian, Brueggemann is a highly sought after speaker and will offer daily keynote addresses where he will inform and entertain with his signature style (see him in action here). Did you know that (according to Brueggemann) the Exodus story is really subversive literature and that maybe we are all called to be Moses? As educators, we are often challenged to speak God’s truth to worldly power and dare others to do the same. Brueggemann’s wisdom and thought provoking discussions will inspire and refresh our spirits at a time when it is needed most.
Reason #2: Workshops
The Christian Formation Conference provides practical, take-home resources for leading faith formation programs for all ages. Workshops on a wide variety of subjects will provide tools for building a unique curriculum that truly fits your church. A few topics include; music and spirituality, effective confrontation, writing curricula, marketing your program, DCE as community organizer (talk about subversive!), how camps are leading the way to effective transformation, and much more. You can see all workshop topics here.
Reason 3#: Community
The first conference Kanuga offered in 1928 was for Christian educators. Eighty-six years later, Kanuga’s Christian Formation Conference is going strong and attracting a wide array of clergy and lay leaders, both paid and volunteer, who share a mission: to empower one another to spread the Good News. Educators may have moved from coloring pages to slide projectors, from felt boards to iPads and back again, but the energy is undiminished. At Kanuga, whether in a formal setting or chatting on a walk around the lake, successes are celebrated and challenges shared within a caring group of educators.
Reason #4: Kanuga
Taking time away from the buzzing and beeping of daily life is good for the soul and Kanuga has preserved the peaceful atmosphere that has renewed so many before us. When the five dioceses of the Carolinas teamed up and bought a camp and conference center in the mountains of Western North Carolina, the whole idea was to provide a place for people to come and share their experience of God, away from the distractions of everyday life. Our 1,400 acre facility is still bringing God’s people together in this very Holy and peaceful place.
Reason #5: Family friendly
As with all Kanuga summer conferences, you can make this week a mountain vacation for the whole family. While parents attend sessions, young people participate in their own programs directed by our carefully selected staff in a safe and fun Christian environment. Spouses can fish, hike, play tennis or nearby golf, relax on the porch or by the lake and visit area attractions. The whole family can spend time together in the afternoons and evenings.
The 86th Christian Formation Conference at Kanuga, themed Face to Face, is June 9-13, 2014. For more information, visit www.kanuga.org/christianformation.