Sundesmos Winter Retreat Details…Don’t Miss It!!!!!

30 10 2008

Hey guys,


Drum-roll please….!  You are all officially invited to the annual Sundesmos Winter Retreat Jan. 2-5, 2009 here at the WYM Hospitality Center in Plainfield.  We’re alternating every other winter with our Winter Retreat and a Mission Trip and since we went to Alabama last January its time for our Winter Retreat.


I’m super stoked about this Retreat.  Some of us had the chance to go to the FUM Triennials this past summer and some of the comments after returning from Triennials were that sometimes its hard to figure out what it means to be a Quaker.  There are often many voices out there talking about what a Quaker is and sometimes its hard to figure it out for ourselves.  So we’re going to do just that.  This event is open to college students and young adults in WYM and our theme this year will be “What does it mean to be a Quaker?”  We’ll have special guests joining us including: C. Wess Daniels, Tom Palmer, Della Stanley-Green, Pat Byers, and Marlene Pedigo.


I’ve seen and heard a lot of talk and discussion coming from a more Liberal Unitarian perspective about what it means to be a Young Adult Quaker, but very little from those of us who feel more comfortable calling ourselves Orthodox Evangelical Christ-centered Quakers.  So that’s what we’re going to do.  Our goal will be to look at Quakerism through the Christ-centered lens of Western Yearly Meeting’s Faith and Practice, the Richmond Declaration of Faith that was recently re-affirmed by FUM, and our own post-modern worldviews. 


How many times have you had to explain who Quakers are?  Do you always know what to say?  Do you have a clear understanding of why you are a Quaker?  Or would you even call yourself a Quaker?  Do you know why you are a Christian?  And do you know how your Christian faith and your Quaker practice fit together?


Don’t miss this exciting discussion.  Oh and we’ll have some fun too…and some worship…and a service project…all jammed into a few short days.


You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 

1Peter 2:9


I attached a copy of the most recent Western Work newsletter for you to keep up-to-date with what’s happening in WYM and I attached the brochure for our Winter Retreat.  Its only $25 if you get registered by 12/1/08 so do it now before you forget about it.


Your time in college is often when you figure out what exactly it is that you believe.  Not what your parents believe.  Not what your church believes.  Not what your friends believe.  What you believe.  Its important.


Praying for you!  Hope to see you at the Retreat. 


To the King!



Check out the brochure: Sundesmos Winter Retreat 2009 Brochure




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