Bethel Sisters, mark your calendars now for this year’s Women’s Retreat at Camp Adams, October 6-8, 2017!
Rise Up: A Woman’s Guide to Shining Your Light in Dark Times.
A New title for This Year’s CPC Women’s Retreat Rise Up! A Woman’s Guide to Shining Your Light in Dark Times October 6-8, 2017—Camp Adams in Molalla, OR This October, women from around the Central Pacific Conference will gather at Camp Adams in Molalla for a 2 night camp experience exploring the intersection between spiritually and shining light into the dark times in which we live. We will focus on the courageous women of Palestine as a model for using our gifts to Rise Up with beauty and truth in the midst of oppressive realities. The women of the YWCA of Palestine are using their traditional craft of intricate embroidery in creative new ways to raise money for programs supporting their struggle for full human rights as they live under military occupation. In this country, we face the reality that racism, homophobia, sexism, and anti-immigrant bias have resurfaced in our nation and are condoned even in the highest levels of our government. How are as women of faith responding? What can we learn from the women of Palestine and how can we be in solidarity with them?
Our resource leaders are Rev. Jean Doane and Marcia Gilliland. Jean and Marcia both serve on the CPC Wider Church Ministries Team and the Central Pacific Conference Palestine-Israel Network (CPC-PIN). Jean has recently been reappointed to the Common Global Ministries Board of Directors. Marcia has made several trips to Palestine where she works directly with the YWCA of Palestine on creating and marketing new products incorporating traditional crafts. Jean brings skills in worship, prayer, and meditation leadership to help deepen our faith as we consider our roles as justice seekers and light bearers.
The week-end begins with dinner on Friday and concludes after brunch on Sunday. Camp registration is due October 1, 2017. The fee for the entire week-end is $105.00. There is a nonrefundable registration fee of $65.00. The balance of $40.00 is to be paid upon arrival at camp. Checks are to be made payable to United Church of Christ Woman and mailed to Nancy Klingeman, registrar at 3225 N.W. Elmwood Drive, Corvallis, OR 97330. Please include your name, complete address, phone number, e-mail, and the name of your home church. Those wishing financial aid may request an application for a Rev. Anne Smith Educational Fund Grant. Your church office should have the application form. If not, please contact Deana Mason at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-255- 7450. Completed forms should be sent to Deana at 9020 S.E. Market St, Portland, OR 97216 by September 15.
We hope to see you at Camp Adams Oct. 6-8 as we refresh our souls and renew our commitment to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.” Micha 6:8