Kanuga Christian Formation

Take a breath. Take a pause. Be replenished by readings, journaling, music, storytelling, and interactive sharing. As we gather in community, take some contemplative time, and receive the blessings in our midst. Nurture the body, mind, and heart by co-creating a space to deepen your inward journey while at Kanuga. Come as you are. Leave refreshed.


June 13-16, 2022
Register by May 31.
“Such A Time As This”
(Esther 4:14)

“For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.”

This phrase invokes courage and hope among all who believe. Chosen to set our own interests aside, let go of our own ambitions, and face the world today. God knew we were meant to be in this unique time: mind, body, and spirit. This is our defining moment—a chance to make a difference. God has great plans for us! Shine your light. Use your voice. Be who God meant you to be. May we be Esthers and be bold, take some risks, and love big!

Workshops will be offered along three themes: Renewal of Mind, Renewal of Body, and Renewal of Spirit. We will enjoy hands-on activities, being in nature, and great ideas to implement with your ministry.





The Rev. Callie Swanlund
Callie believes that we are each created in God’s own image and that we are each called “beloved child.” Drawing on her experience as a priest and her training as a Certified Daring Way Facilitator in the work of Brené Brown, she will help inspire us to show up for life and live bravely into our authentic and wholehearted selves. More

Dr. Westina Matthews
Westina is an author, public speaker, professor, and strategic corporate consultant whose practice reflects contemplative living. She will bring her broad experience in education, community relations, philanthropy, business development, and diversity to us as we contemplate and prepare for our service to one another.

Retreat Chaplain

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The Rev. Ryan Hawthorne
Ryan is a recently ordained priest in the Diocese of Texas. She received her M.Div in 2013 and completed a Diploma in Anglican Studies in 2021. Ryan loves exploring ministry and theology on the edge and at the intersections of race, class, and gender/sexuality. In her free time Ryan enjoys exploring Houston, sitting with friends on patios, and any activity involving water. She also revels in the great joy of raising a young child.

Retreat Musician

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Ana Hernandez
Ana is a composer, song leader and group facilitator working to strengthen community ties across cultural difference, with a focus on racial justice as deep inner work. Her activism is grounded in contemplative practice and presence. Ana collects, composes, and records chants and short tunes, and is a theomusicologist with the NYS Poor People’s Campaign. She believes deeply that there is a leader in every chair and that God welcomes absolutely everybody. She loves singing, collaboration, poetry, beauty, play, and diving deep. More


Planning Team

Kathy Graham, Chair
Birmingham, AL
Lifelong Christian Formation Coordinator – Diocese of Alabama, Birmingham. AL (former)

Erin Redden, Coordinator
Columbus, GA
Director of Children’s Formation & Parish Life – St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Columbus, GA Music Teacher – Beauregard Elementary School, Opelika, AL

Stella Attaway
Raleigh, NC
Coordinator of Nursery & Childcare – St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Raleigh, NC

Jacki Boedecker
Sarasota, FL
Director of Children’s Christian Formation – Church of the Redeemer, Sarasota, FL

Cookie Cantwell
Wilmington, NC
Youth Ministries Coordinator – St. James Parish, Wilmington, NC Province IV Youth Ministries Coordinator Member – The Youth Council of Advice, The Episcopal Church

Isiah Harper
Columbus, GA
Educator: Theatre/English, Fine Arts chairperson – Northside High School, Columbus, GA

Roger Hutchison
Houston, TX
Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life – Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, Houston, TX Author, Artist

The Rev. Jeff Jackson
Carrollton, GA
Rector – St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Carrollton, GA

Dr. Westina Matthews
Savannah, GA
Adjunct professor for the Center for Christian Spirituality at General Theological Seminary, NYC, NY Author, Theologian



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