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2016 Christian Formation Conference

June 13, 2016 - June 17, 2016

About the Conference

These are the words of our faith, but how do we live them out in this complicated, multicultural, technologically advanced century?  Learn with us about how to be the Church beyond our houses of worship.

The week will include more than 20 workshops covering such topics as racism sensitivity training, means of reconciliation, ministry with the homeless, how to host a dinner church and a wide variety of nuts-n-bolts workshops about formation basics. View the workshop list here.

Midweek we will hold a Stop Hunger Now event in which all participants, from 2-92, will join to package 10,000 meals for the world’s hungry.  You will learn how to host such an event in your parish – all for 29 cents a meal. 

About the Rev. Winnie Varghese

Winnie Varghese

Winnie, director of community outreach for Trinity Wall Street, is a 1994 graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Union Theological Seminary in 1999. She was ordained to the priesthood in 2000. A contributing editor of “What Shall We Become: The Future and Structure of the Episcopal Church,” Winnie has served as rector of St. Mark’s in the Bowery, the oldest site of continuous worship in New York. She was a member of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church from 2006-2012. Winnie also has served as a chaplain at UCLA and Columbia University. She and her partner live in New York City with their two teenagers. 

About the Staff

Chaplain: Anna Olson

Anna OlsonA graduate of Union Seminary and Stanford University, Anna was ordained in the Diocese of Los Angeles in 2000. She lives and works in the diverse Koreatown neighborhood of LA, where she has served as rector of Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church since 2011. St. Mary’s is Los Angeles’ only historic Japanese-American Episcopal church. Anna specializes in working with historic congregations to connect with the needs and gifts of new neighbors, developing models for multilingual and enculturated liturgy as well as liturgy in public spaces, and in opening space for marginalized communities to reshape and revitalize the Church. She married her husband Steve in 2013, after waiting twenty years together for marriage in California to be legal for all. They have two daughters. Anna is fluent in Spanish and working on learning some Korean. She is proud of her 2nd-degree black belt in taekwondo. Her first book, “Claiming Resurrection in the Dying Church: Freedom beyond Survival,” will be published by Westminster John Knox in Spring 2016. 

Musician: Vicky Tavernier

Vicky TavernierVicky has been a church musician since her legs were long enough to reach the organ pedals. She’s directed adult and children's choirs. She even led a praise and worship band for a while—yes, in an Episcopal church. She loves it all. Guitars, tone chimes, boom whackers, ukuleles, band instruments: All seem to find a way to express joie de vivre in a service. One of Vicky’s favorite church music memories is that of playing a nose harp on stage at adult Vacation Bible School with two other fun, crazy people. Intuition directs her choices.  Zeal fuels her passion. Vicky always asks God what She wants to hear at a service when choosing hymns. She’s open-minded and works best in a team environment. The more people get a chance to give their gifts, the better.


Allison and Bob Askins
St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, Columbia, SC

Members of St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, Columbia, S.C., where Allison is on staff as associate for communication and programs and Bob, a former senior warden, currently serves on the Adult Formation Board as well as having been chair of the parish’s 2014 Same-Sex Blessing Curriculum Discussion Team.  Allison is co-coordinator of the 2016 Christian Formation Conference and Bob is overseeing the event’s Stop Hunger Now program.

Kathy Graham
Birmingham, AL

Coordinator for Lifelong Christian Formation for the Diocese of Alabama and a former longtime director of children’s ministry for two parishes. Kathy is serving as co-coordinator of the 2016 Christian Formation Conference.

Bring the whole family

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. Programs for young people will begin at 3 p.m. on Monday, June 13. There is a $100/week fee for nursery care (under age 3).

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.

Details & Registration


Double Occupancy $590 per person $531 before February 13, 2016
Includes program, lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities.
Single Occupancy $740 per person $666 before February 13, 2016
Includes same as above. (Based on availability)
Commuter $335 per person $302 before February 13, 2016
Includes program, lunches, suppers and use of recreational facilities.
Non-participating spouse $415 per person $374 before February 13, 2016
Includes lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities.
Youth (ages 10-18) $280 per person $252 before February 13, 2016
Includes lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities.
Child (ages 3-9) $180 per person $162 before February 13, 2016
Includes lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities.
Infant/Toddler (Under age 3)

Includes lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities.

There is a $100 infant/toddler fee for those who participate in Kanuga's optional nursery program during plenary sessions and workshops. Register for nursery care upon arrival; this fee will be added to your final invoice.

Early arrival on June 12 $75 per person; includes











Deposit $100 per person
Nonrefundable. Nontransferable. Deposit deducted from total fee.
Balance Due May 12
(To register after this date, please pay full amount)



Check-in 4-6 p.m. Monday, June 13
Check-out After breakfast Friday, June 17





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Financial Assistance Download a printable application - PDF
Team Discount

Kanuga is pleased to offer a special discount to groups such as churches, vestries and organizations in an effort to help make the Kanuga experience accessible.

Please enter promo code KS15TD to receive a 15% discount per registrant when you register six or more group participants for this conference at least 30 days before the conference begins.

Click here to learn more.