Christian Formation Conference Equips Clergy and Laity

04.19.2018 - Adult Conferences

This summer, clergy and laity within the Episcopal Church will “come home” to Kanuga for time filled with inspiration and teaching. Kanuga’s Christian Formation Conference, held June 11-15, entices with almost 50 offerings and more than 30 presenters.

Come Home to Kanuga

The conference has the distinct honor of being the oldest Christian formation conference for Episcopal educators. This year marks the event’s 90th anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, organizers have worked hard to create the best conference yet.

“An amazing conference has been planned,” says conference coordinator Jacki Boedecker. “The lineup includes professional support, restorative worship, spiritual companionship, networking, and fun. All of which underscore our theme of ‘Coming Home – Experience the peace that passes understanding at Kanuga.’”

Delve into Relevant Topics

The conference includes plenaries and workshops that tackle pressing topics such as effective parish communication, youth ministry, aging, and mental health. Other offerings include daily yoga, flora walks on the campus, art experiences, live music, and morning meditations on the rocking chair porch. For participants attending with children, day and evening programming is provided by Kanuga staff.

For parishes wondering if their leaders should attend, Richmond Jones, director of Formation Programs at Kanuga, believes it’s a worthy investment. “The Christian Formation Conference at Kanuga provides a unique opportunity to address the changing landscape of Christian Formation,” say Richmond. “We’re seeing the need arise in many churches for new ways to engage a population whose engagement with the Church, scripture, and Christians is growing more and more diverse.”

Create and Nurture Valuable Connections

While the variety of programming and learning opportunities are the main draw, attendees also have time to enjoy the ultimate gift—time together with their spiritual brothers and sisters.

“We have the gift of a full week together which provides time for self-reflection, group processing, and personal retreat time,” says Richmond. “This enriches the offerings made through the week and allows for intimate networking with others steeped in the mission of Christian Formation.”

Space is still available for the Christian Formation Conference, with scholarships and financial assistance options. Learn more online.