On Hamilton And The Saint John’s Bible!

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By Ann Laird Jones, leader for “Illuminating the Text” course offered at the upcoming Columbia Theological Seminary Spiritual Formation Week in Montreat February 9, 2017—The Broadway musical Hamilton (which I have only heard but never seen) catches you at every turn. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s lyrics, music, and choreography of space bring the story of Alexander Hamilton alive—a person whose face we have seen for years and years on every $10 bill we happen to come across, yet whose details have remained largely unknown—and in the process completely captures our imaginations. I have listened to the brilliant lyrics for twelve hours at …

Trent Returns to Montreat in 2018

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The Trent@Montreat Conference will return April 16-19, 2018, and promises to offer more opportunities for church leaders to engage in ways that practically equip them for ministry. Trent@ Montreat was offered as a pilot project in 2016 and focused exclusively on nurturing church leaders. The format of bringing together mentors, relevant topics, and participants seeking opportunities to grow their skill set for practical ministry was a great success. The uniqueness of the Trent@Montreat conference begins with the diversity of the sponsoring organizations: Montreat Conference Center, NEXTChurch, Second Presbyterian Church of Roanoke, VA, and Union Presbyterian Seminary. Though diverse as organizations, …

Melissa Harris-Perry to Speak at Montreat Conference Center

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A NFL quarterback refuses to stand for the national anthem in protest of racial inequalities here in the land of the free. Protests in Tulsa, Charlotte, Baltimore, and other major American cities react to the treatment of people of color by law enforcement and the wider justice system. Political candidates within all parties accuse each other of racial bigotry and/or lack of sensitivity. No topic in American public discourse gets far without having to address the issue of structural racism embedded in church and culture. What is the answer? It’s a daunting question, but a crucial one, for as Dr. …

Resource Suggestions for the DisGrace Conference

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As we prepare for the DisGRACE conference in October, we prepare for tough conversations; conversations which are multi-faceted, dynamic, and require critical thought from open minds. These conversations though don’t just start with the conference, they start long before. Laura Cheifetz is vice president of church and public relations for the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. She serves on our master planning team for DisGRACE and has recently published a series of resources about the issues DisGRACE will address and other topics that surround that conversation.

If Only I Had Some Time with…

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Guest blog by the Rev. George Anderson Trent@Montreat is a different kind of conference. It begins with large group worship and “mini-talks” and then breaks up into workshops where the bulk of the day is spent working with peers and under the guidance of a coach in a specific area of ministry. Maybe it is too much to say it is provided as an answer to prayer. Maybe it is enough to say it is “an answer to a wish.” For those who think, “If only I could have some quality time to focus on…” this conference might be a …

Gathering for men offers more than you would expect…

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Earlier this year, Montreat hosted its first Mantreat@Montreat. You probably heard about it. You might have even been interested in attending.  But for the lucky souls that decided to try it, it was an event to remember. Fifty guys traveled from across the country, coming from as far as Arkansas and Maryland.  Our ages varied from the early twenties to into the eighties.  We had a good mix of people: pastors, businessmen, fathers and sons, men’s groups, strangers, and long-time friends.  I had expected a weekend of soaking the beauty of Montreat and while that was received, I got much more than …

Pastor and Author Nadia Bolz-Weber to Speak at Montreat Conference Center

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Nadia Bolz-Weber, self-described lover of Jesus, Crossfit, tattoos, and dark chocolate, will offer an afternoon presentation at Montreat Conference Center on January 5, 2016, where she’ll address “Millennial Culture and Christianity.” Bolz-Weber, a Lutheran pastor and founder of House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, CO, is author of Pastrix: The Cranky Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint and the newly released Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People, both New York Times bestsellers. Her writing can be found in Christian Century, Lutheran Magazine, and Patheos, and has also been featured in The Washington Post, and …

How Do We Treat Our Neighbors?

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One of the most prominent Presbyterian “celebrities” has to be Fred Rogers. Popularly known as Mr. Rogers, it is hard to think about him without humming the line “Won’t you be my neighbor?” In fact, the major theme in Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood was learning to get along with those around you regardless of how they were different. At the beginning of each episode Mr. Rogers invited the audience into his home to learn new things and more about those that lived in his neighborhood. The 2015 Montreat Institute for Church Leadership was titled “Neighbor.” The goal of this event was to explore how we, as …

Thoughts from “More Than None”

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We asked Rev. Eric Larsen to write a post touching on his experience at “More Than None: Engaging the Religiously Unaffiliated,” a conference which took place at Montreat in October, 2014. With nearly 300 participants from over 27 states, “More Than None” was a huge success. Whether you made this year and are hungry for more or you couldn’t make it this time, make plans to come to the “Neighbor” conference next October. — Ed. A few months ago my family attended the annual Montreat’s Institute for Church Leadership conference. This year it was entitled, More Than None: Engaging the …

Youth Conference: Parker’s Life-changing and Life-giving Experience

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Re-posted with permission from Parker Cutler and Saint Luke’s Presbyterian Church. Do you have a great Montreat story to share? Send a message to joshr[at]montreat.org. It’s hard to put into words everything that Montreat has meant to me over the past four years. Most of my time in high school has involved Montreat in one way or another and I can’t imagine who I’d be without it. Anyone who has been there will tell you that it’s a “thin place:” a place where heaven and earth are just a little bit closer together. That much was obvious to me the instant …

Make The Most of Your MYC

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One of the great pleasures of my job at Montreat is getting to work with all kinds of great people and helping them to have a fulfilling time.  I am constantly in search of helpful hints and ideas to share with folks heading our way. As this summer is gearing up, I find myself asking the question: What are ways that groups can make the most of their visit to Montreat? What information might be helpful for folks as they come through the ‘gate’- whether it is the first time or the thirtieth. During a recent visit to Bellevue Presbyterian Church …