Kanuga’s Christian Formation Conference

90th Anniversary


“Coming Home” – Experience the “peace that passes understanding” this summer at Kanuga!

June 10–14, 2019


About the Conference

The oldest Christian formation conference for Episcopal educators, the Christian Formation Conference has been a Kanuga staple since 1928. Each year, clergy, professional educators and countless volunteers come together to share the best formation practices, be inspired by great speakers and be rekindled for ministry.

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Keynote Speaker

Victoria Garvey
An educator for most of her life, Victoria Garvey has a passion for learning and teaching, and for the Church. In her professional career, Vicki has taught at nearly every level, from 2nd graders through graduate school, but she has spent most of that time at Seabury-Western, teaching biblical languages and biblical theology, her doctoral area. Her exploration of the Bible with ‘footnotes’ is deep and captivating. Most recently, those passions were fed in her position as Bishop’s Associate for Lifelong Christian Formation in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. Currently she serves on two faculties for the wider church, consults with dioceses concerning congregational vitality, speaks locally, nationally and internationally, facilitates workshops, leads retreats, and serves the wider church as member of several churchwide commissions. She is a four-time deputy from the Diocese of Chicago to General Convention.


The Rev. Charleston Wilson
Fr. Charleston Wilson is Priest Associate for Evangelism & Parish Development at Church of the Redeemer, Sarasota, FL. Before ordained ministry, he worked in the restaurant and wine industries, including co-owning a fine-dining concept, and managing the human resources for a national restaurant chain. A certified sommelier, he continues to consult both nationally and internationally in the wine industry. He is a member of the Board of Directors of SOMA, an international Anglican missionary organization, and serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Anglican Digest.


Ann Stephenson-Moe
Ann Stephenson-Moe is Organist/Choirmaster at the Church of the Redeemer, Sarasota, FL, where she is responsible for five choirs. She previously served on the music staff of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. Ann holds a masters in Sacred Music from Union Theological Seminary in New York, where she studied with Gere Hancock. She has performed solo recitals at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Trinity Copley Square in Boston, and the American Cathedral in Paris.


Friends of the Groom
Friends of the Groom is a national theater group committed to proclaiming the Christian message with a unique blend of humor, story, challenging content, and scenes that are hard to forget. The group is composed of professional actors from the Cincinnati area, rehearsing at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Terrace Park, Ohio. Averaging well over one-hundred performances throughout the United States a year, Friends of the Groom has also performed and led workshops in the UK, Greece, Uganda, Jordan, Israel, China, and Puerto Rico.

Conference Coordinator

Jacki Boedecker
Jacki is Director of Children’s Christian Formation at Church of the Redeemer, Sarasota. She has thirty-six years of parish experience working with children and youth, developing Sunday School and VBS programs and curriculum that have been used everywhere from in-house, to abroad in the mission field. A “cradle Episcopalian,” Jacki currently serves on the Kanuga Conference Program Committee, and leads workshops in Christian Formation and other offerings for the Diocese of Southwest Florida.

Some of our “Coming Home” presenters include:
Allison Askins
Stella Attawa
Jenny Beaumont
Lisa Brown
Bill Campbell
Cookie Cantwell
Dirk DeVries
Catherine Drewry
Christen Erskine
The Rev. T.J. Freeman
Kathy Graham
Katherine Gould
Jerusalem Greer
Roger Hutchison
Dr. Alex Karydi
Dorothy Lithicum
Karen Murphy
Sharon Pearson
Erin Redden
Debbie Rodahaffer
The Rev. Shawn Schreiner
Malacy Touchstone Wilson


Rates are per person.

Double Occupancy (shared room): $625
Single Occupancy (private room): $795
Commuter (program, meals and facility fees): $370
Non-participant (shares room with participant): $450
Youth (ages 10-17): $330
Child (ages 4-9): $230

Early arrival for Sunday June 10th: Adults $80, Youth/Child $50

Stayover for Friday June 15th: Adults $80, Youth/Child $50.

Register by February 28, 2018 save 10%.

Payment and Cancellations

Deposit: A $100 deposit, per person, is required at the time of registration. This nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit is deducted from the total fee. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Echeck.

Balance due: Payment in full is required beginning 30 days before the event start date, which is also the Balance Due date for those only paying the initial deposit when registering.

Cancellations: Cancellations and refunds are provided in a tiered system based on proximity to the event start date. Any cancellation made at least 21 days (May 21) before the event’s start date will result in the forfeiture of the $100.00 deposit and a refund of any remaining balance will be issued. Cancellations made 15-20 days (May 22-27) before the event’s start date will result in the forfeiture of the $100.00 deposit and a 50% refund of any remaining balance will be issued. Cancellations made 8-14 days (May 28-June 3) before the event’s start date will result in the forfeiture of the $100.00 deposit and a 25% refund of any remaining balance will be issued. Cancellations made within 7 days (On or after June 7) of the event’s start date are not eligible for a refund.


Check-in: 4–6 p.m. Monday, June 11
Check-out: after breakfast Friday, June 15

Registration & Discounts


For financial assistance, download the printable application below.

Scholarship Request

Kanuga is pleased to offer a special team discount to groups such as churches, vestries, diocese and organizations in effort to help make the Kanuga experience more accessible. Register your team together and make the $100.00 deposit for each person. Kanuga will apply a 15% discount per person to the balance due when the necessary six or more participants have been registered. Participants must register at the same time; later additions will not be eligible for the discount. In addition, if group size falls below six participants the discount is retracted. Please note that this offer expires 30 days prior to the conference start date.

For more information, please contact Director of Formation Programs and Resident Chaplain Richmond Jones at rjones@kanuga.org or 828-692-9136 Ext. 2745.