Kanuga Christian Formation

Light on the Path: Navigating the challenges and joys of life, formation, and ministry


June 14-17, 2021
 Join us in person for this year’s gathering at Kanuga!

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Health & Safety protocols will be in place. Find out more here.

Register by May 24. 

Kanuga’s Christian Formation Gathering, “Light on the Path,” will enjoy a different pace in 2021. This gathering will allow time for conversations as we ponder the path that we have traveled during the past twelve months. There will be time for worship, spiritual growth, reflection, imagining, dreaming and mapping our future with the hope of endless possibilities. This Kanuga Gathering is open to all who want to learn and to gather with old friends and new, both lay and ordained. The paths that we will travel together will share the light of hope, opportunities, awareness, laughter, joy, and friendships. Join us on this incredible journey with God’s Promise of wonderful possibilities. Join us for “Light on the Path.”

Once you click “Book Now,” in order to reserve blocked accommodations and rates, you MUST enter the Group Code FORMATION21 and the numbers of adults (13 and up) and children (3-12) in your party. Rates are calculated based on these numbers, so if they change after booking, contact us to update your reservation.

One person must serve as the responsible party for each reserved lodging unit, i.e. Inn Room and/or Cottage, paying for the lodging and all per-person program/meal fees for all guests, adult and/or child, staying in that lodging unit. You may access the details of the reservation through the guest portal link provided to you after registration, or Kanuga reservations staff can generate a statement for your group. Reservations must be made by May 24. After May 24, blocked rooms will be returned to inventory and special pricing will no longer apply. Rates include meals and programming for all adults and children listed on the reservation. The “Book Now” system will prompt you, during the reservations process, to add the names of all members of your party staying in that lodging unit. Please include ages for children as well, so that we can prepare appropriate children’s programming.

Registration: $255/adult, $210/children (3-12) includes meals and program. There is no registration fee for children under 3. Registration fees will automatically be calculated when making your lodging reservation online via “Book Now.”

Lodging Reservations: A range of accommodations is available in Kanuga Lake Inn and historic cottages. Rates range from $130 to $279 and the cost is in addition to event registration.

Non-participating guests: $180/person, must be entered manually (online reservations not available). The rate includes meals, social and use of facilities. Contact the reservations department, 828-692-9220, after you have made your reservation, to add a non-participating guest accompanying you.

Commuters: $210/person, must be entered manually (online reservations not available). The rate includes programming and meals, minus breakfasts. Contact the Reservations department, 828-692-9220, to make a commuter registration.

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At check-out, you MUST enter the Group Code FORMATION21 and the number of adults (13 and up) and children (3-12).

About the Conference

Our conference is open to all involved in the ministry of lifelong Christian formation.

Conference Staff & Presenters

The Rev. Canon Dr. Stephanie Spellers, Keynoter, is Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation Care, helping Episcopalians to follow Jesus and grow loving, liberating, life-giving relationships with God, each other and the earth. She is the author of “Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other and the Spirit of Transformation,” “The Episcopal Way” (with Eric Law), and most recently, “The Church Cracked Open: Disruption, Decline, and New Hope for Beloved Community. Canon Spellers founded The Crossing, a ground-breaking church within St. Paul’s Cathedral in Boston. Holding masters degrees from both Harvard Divinity School and Episcopal Divinity School, she was granted an honorary Doctor of Divinity by the General Theological Seminary. (in-person)

The Rev. Jay Sidebotham, Keynoter, serves as Director of RenewalWorks, a ministry of Forward Movement, and Associate Rector at St. James, Madison Avenue in New York. RenewalWorks seeks to build cultures of discipleship in Episcopal congregations, with a singular focus on spiritual growth among congregants. Previously, He has served parishes in Washington, DC, NYC, Illinois and North Carolina. A graduate of Trinity College and Union Theological Seminary, prior to seminary study, he worked in New York in animation, illustration and advertising. He appreciates the opportunity to produce cartoons for the wider church, describing the joys and challenges of parish ministry. (in-person)

Cookie Cantwell, Conference Coordinator, is the Province IV Youth Ministries Coordinator, and has served as the St James Youth Ministries Coordinator in Wilmington, NC for 28 years.  She has served an advisor to our General Convention Official Youth Presence and is currently serving on the Domestic & Foreign Missionary Society Youth Ministries Council of Advice.  Kanuga has been an important part of her spiritual journey, as she coordinated Winterlight (a Kanuga Empowered Youth (KEY) conference), The Adults Who Work with Youth Conference, and Youth Ministries Pilgrimages to the Holy Land and to Taize, France. She has also served on the Kanuga program committee.


Presenting in-person at Kanuga:

Stella Attaway
Jenny Beaumont
Lisa Brown
Cookie Cantwell
Easton Davis
Catherine Drewry
Kathy Graham
The Rev, Jeff Jackson
Lisa Kimball, Ph.D.
The Rev. Canon Dr. Patricia Lyons
Rick McKnight
Frances Murchison
The Rev. Ruth Pattison
The Rt. Rev. Brian Prior
Melissa Rau
Erin Redden
Deborah Rodahaffer
The Rev. Jay Sidebotham
The Rev. Canon Dr. Stephanie Spellers

Presenting virtually:

Wendy Barrie
The Rt. Rev. Duncan Montgomery Gray, III
Jerusalem Greer
The Rev. Matthew Heyd
Wendy Johnson
The Rev. Shannon Kelly
Dr. Westina Matthews
Bronwyn Skov
David Stickley
Ambassador Andrew Young