Friends Gathering on the Sand
Saturday July 9- Friday July 15
Join us for Religious Education Week 2016 and experience Community like never before! We explore faith development, spiritual growth, and leadership in a week for friends and families.
Each summer we come from individual congregations and homes to form this vibrant multigenerational community where all kinds of families work and play alongside religious educators. We come to learn as well as to put into practice what it means to be Unitarian Universalist leaders and be part of a beloved community. This year our intentional community includes a child dedications for our community at the beginning of the week in addition to our annual bridging ceremony at the weeks end.
This year we are joined by Minister of the Week Dan Harper and Musician of the Week Laurie Loosigian will return ready to lead us in song.
This year's theme will be Community.
There are so many ways we're already shining stars at this - from singing after dinner to long walks and talks on the beach, to sharing and laughing together at the fabulous Talent/No Talent Show! We'll have so many ways to explore Community together this year.
One of the important things to your coordinators is being a community that respects everyone's needs. Whether you are an overwhelmed introvert, a sunburnt human, or someone who just needs a nap.. we all need a little break every day and it is so hard to say no to any of the delicious offerings, that we want to provide a strong holding space for quiet time as well.
So this year, there will be an all campus quiet 1/2 hour from 1:00-1:30 after lunch. The volleyball field and playgrounds are closed while we ask the community to take time to take a break and take care of them selves with some down time. There will be options during this time, including Magic the Gathering and other card and board games on DeWolfe and Quillen porches; Community Storytelling in Rowland; and of course journaling, artmaking or napping on the beach or in your room or tent! If members would like to host a quiet time activity, such as meditation, coloring, family yoga or being a community storyteller for a day we will have sign ups during the week. We we will have many options for this restorative time whether it be solo or with a group.
Book your Ferry Beach experience:
Afternoons and Evenings During RE Week:
Afternoons feature more professional and personal growth opportunities such as themed porch chats, which focus on issues relating to religious education and parenting. There will also be a variety of multigenerational spiritual and “just fun” workshops, as well as time to just relax on the beach, take a walk, or play.
Multigenerational evening programs often include a dance, drumming circle, campfire, and the Talent/No Talent show. Programming for the day ends with a Spirit Circle, a time to slow down, reflect, and connect.
Coordinator: Mandy Neff and Sadie Kahn-Greene
- Adult $38 per day on campus
- Commuter $50 (includes lunch)
- Youth (9-17) $25 per day on campus
- Commuter $37 (includes lunch)
- Child (0-8) $0
- Children registering for this family camp must also have an adult registering for the same camp.