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Winterlight is a celebrated Kanuga tradition open to high school students grades 9–12 and recent high school graduates. As part of our KEY Conference series, Winterlight brings in the new year for Kanuga Empowered Youth. Take this chance to get away from the distractions of everyday life and spend time meeting new friends, hanging out with old ones, singing, dancing, ringing in the New Year and exploring your thoughts and beliefs. Participants come together in an inclusive fellowship that embodies the vibrancy of the national Episcopal Church. Adult chaperones will attend all plenary sessions and have their own workshops.

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KEY Conferences Winterlight Youth Week


Winterlight 44: I Am Making All Things New

December 27, 2019 – January 1, 2020

“And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’” -Revelation 21:5

God is often referred to as The Creator, and rightfully so. However, we often think of God’s act of creation as something that happened only once a long time ago. In truth, God is constantly renewing, recreating, and making all things new. The Apostle Paul tells us that “if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!”

At Winterlight this year, we will explore the many ways in which God can recreate and renew us, our relationships, and the world. Come be renewed and empowered to make the world new at Winterlight 44.

Join in our KEY Conferences winter celebration and make friendships that will last a lifetime.
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Conference Staff Applications

Want to help make this year’s Winterlight the best one ever? Join our staff!

Conference Coordinators

Lora Doherty – Coordinator

An East Tennessee native, Lora grew up in the Episcopal Church and was heavily involved in diocesan programming and youth leadership throughout high school. In 2012, Lora attended Winterlight for the first time as a senior, and fell in love with the welcoming community she found at Kanuga. She returned as a staff member for Winterlight the following year, and every year since. Over the years, Kanuga has played an integral role in Lora’s personal development, as she invested time in KEY Conferences programming and through spending time working at Camp Bob at Kanuga. When she’s not at Kanuga, you can find Lora rock climbing or at school in Nashville, where she is completing her Master’s in Occupational Therapy. Lora’s hope for the youth and staff that attend Winterlight is that they too will find a home at Kanuga, where they are welcomed into the beloved, inclusive community that is KEY Conferences!



Mike Peterson – Coordinator

Mike first attended Winterlight in 1996 and has been back every year since. Mike has served as conference musician, staff member, or coordinator at JYP, SYP, Winterlight, and dozens of other parish, diocesan, and provincial events, retreats, and conferences around the country over the last twenty year. He has a deep love for KEY Conferences, Kanuga, and serving young people. Mike lives with his wife and son in Hillsborough, NC and serves as the Youth and Family Minister at The Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill, NC. Mike’s hope for the youth and staff that attend Winterlight is that they will find – and build – an authentic community like no other where they can truly be themselves, grow in their faith, develop life-long relationships, and live out their calling as their best selves.



Youth Participant 
$525 per person, register before September 26th for a 10% discount.

Youth Chaperone
$560 for a double room shared with a roommate
$740 for a single room with no roommate
Register before September 26th for a 10% discount!

Group Discount 
Groups of 10 or more are eligible for a 10% discount. In order to receive this discount, all youth in the group must be registered together under one account, not individually. If you have questions, please reach out to our Director of Formation, Richmond Jones at


Deposit: $100 per person Nonrefundable. Nontransferable. Deposit deducted from total fee.
Balance Due: November 27

(To register after this date, please send a check or use a credit card for the full amount.)


Check-in: 4–6 p.m. Friday, December 27
Check-out: After breakfast Wednesday, January 1


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For financial assistance, download the printable application below.

Scholarship Request

For more information, please contact Executive VP for Mission, Jimmy Haden, at