“Gather at the Table: Answering Christ’s Call to Radical Hospitality”


June 10th–14th, 2019

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About the Conference

The Church has called us to open our doors to our communities. Now we must further the invitation and establish an intentional plan to welcome and form people of all ages to grow in their faith and love of God. We need a new vision of forming faith that welcomes people from all walks of life to gather at our tables and break bread. Together we will engage in lifelong learning, for diverse people of all ages and from all backgrounds – infancy to mature adulthood. Radical hospitality is more than hosting a backyard barbeque or holiday party. It is about opening your heart to someone even when you feel at your most vulnerable or unequipped. With some of the Church’s most creative, experienced and engaging educators we will share best formation practices, be inspired by great speakers, lift our voices in song and refresh our spirits as only time spent on the mountain of Kanuga can. Who do you seek to serve?

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Keynote Speakers

Kristin Schell is on a mission to love her neighbors. She put a picnic table in her front yard, painted it turquoise, and began inviting neighbors, friends, and even strangers, to hang out and do life together at The Turquoise Table. A new concept of hospitality unfolded in her neighborhood, and before long The Turquoise Table led to a movement of Front Yard People—ordinary people who long to create community right where they live.

As founder of the Turquoise Table and Front Yard People movement, Kristin travels the country speaking at conferences and events with an encouraging word on how to open our lives and homes to others. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Tony, and their four children.

Kristin’s book The Turquoise Table: Finding Community and Connection in Your Own Front Yard (HarperCollins Christian Publishing) is available wherever books are sold.


The Very Rev. Lucinda Laird is the Dean and Rector of the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, commonly known as the American Cathedral in Paris.  She has been Dean since March, 2013.

Previously, Dean Laird served for 15 years as Rector of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Louisville, KY, and for 11 years as Rector of St. Mark’s Church in Teaneck, NJ.  She has been active in the Episcopal Church and in ecumenical discussions at both the diocesan and national levels.

She has also served on the Board of Trustees of The General Theological Seminary and, in Kentucky, on the Boards of Berea College, Faith Channel 19, and Wellspring Mental Health Recovery.

Dean Laird holds a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an M.Div. from The General Theological Seminary.  She is a native of New Orleans, and is very happy now to be in a place where they understand the New Orleans motto: Laissez le bon temps rouler!  She would also like to point out that she is a Kentucky Colonel.

Conference Staff

Erin Redden has been a member of St. Thomas since 1996. Erin earned a BA in Music Education from Columbus State University. While working on her vocal degree, it was her passion for music and liturgy that brought her to the Episcopal Church as a staff soloist and Children’s Choir Director. Over the years, Erin has been excited to watch St. Thomas and her formation responsibilities grow to include programming for children at birth through 12th grade.

She is a 21-year veteran music educator with a Master of Science in Education from Troy University. She enjoys utilizing her educational and leadership experiences in developing and implementing Christian Education programming and experiences for children of all ages. Her mission is to answer Christ’s call as outlined in the Baptismal Covenant and to proclaim God’s love for all His children.
She is married to Roger Redden, who also serves St. Thomas as a church musician and a public school music educator. They have two children, Hugh and Madison Redden.


The Rev. Jeff Jackson is the rector of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Carrollton, Georgia. He grew up in the Southeast, born in Memphis, TN, then spent his early years in eastern rural Alabama before landing in Augusta, GA. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy from Berry College in Rome, then went immediately to Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA, where he graduated in 2003. He is passionate about youth and children’s ministry as well as ministry to the marginalized – the poor, the prisoner, the hungry, the outcast. He believes strongly that all are welcome at God’s table and often we have to take that table out into the world so all can receive God’s love. Prior to that, he served parishes in the Diocese of Atlanta and the Diocese of Georgia. Jeff is married to Molly and has four children, Tai (14), Bronwyn (12), Liam (9), and Grey (7). He enjoys reading, songwriting, playing guitar, listening to and performing music, and watching Doctor Who with his family.


Musician, Rick McKnight. In 2004, Rick answered the call to serve St. Thomas as Organist-Choirmaster. During Rick’s years with St.Thomas, the Choir has grown to almost 40 singers. In addition to singing weekly, the choir has sung at the Washington National Cathedral, Wells Cathedral in England and our own St. Philip’s Cathedral in Atlanta. Rick has served on the Diocesan Music and Liturgy Commission and led the “100th Anniversary of the Diocese of Atlanta Celebration” at the RiverCenter in Columbus.

Rick is proud of the musical accomplishments of the Choir but the spirit of community and care that is fostered amongst the members is what gives him the most gratitude. Before becoming a staff member, Rick served faithfully as a Senior Warden, chair of the Stewardship Campaign and Acolyte Master. He has served as the President of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Cultural Arts Alliance. When not at St. Thomas, Rick is the Education Program Manager at the RiverCenter for Performing Arts and can be found working alongside local educators to integrate fine arts into student curriculum.

He is married to Marquette McRae McKnight, who also serves St. Thomas as a Verger, Lector and Lay Eucharistic Minister and on the Flower Guild. They have two children, Mac McKnight and Mitchi McKnight Wade.


Rates are per person.

Double Occupancy (shared room): $640
Single Occupancy (private room): $820
Commuter (program, meals and facility fees): $380
Non-participant (shares room with participant): $460
Youth (ages 10-17): $340
Child (ages 4-9): $240

Register by February 28, 2019 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 20) 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 21-26) 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 27-June 2) 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 3) of the event’s start date are not eligible for a refund.


Check-in: 4–6 p.m. Monday, June 10
Check-out: after breakfast Friday, June 14

Registration & Discounts

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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.