May 2018 Rainfall Update

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Montreat residents and guests continue to feel the effects of record rainfall over the past three weeks. The impact of overnight flooding was evident around town on Wednesday morning. The Town of Montreat public works crews are already working hard to restore roads, while the conference center is assessing damage to MRA property. At present, Robert Lake Park has sustained significant damage and is closed to the public. The Montreat Campground is also closed due to the closure of Calvin Trail. The conference center cooperates with the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) and follows assigned protocols …

On Remembering and Repentance

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As we prepare for the coming summer, I offer the following statement to remind all who love Montreat of the MRA’s continuing commitment to become more hospitable to all of its guests and conferees. Richard DuBose, president, Mountain Retreat Association   On Remembering and Repentance “And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’” (Matthew 13:52) This passage suggests that Christian community has a treasure, a gift of God that contains both what is old …

Montreat Conference Center Remembers Rev. Billy Graham

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We are deeply grateful for the Reverend Billy Graham and his life in ministry, which stands as a testament to the power of Christ, evangelized honestly and authentically by a man so gifted for that purpose. To millions, Reverend Graham was the world’s most famous and influential Christian leader. Montreat, however, was home; he and wife Ruth chose this valley to raise their family and to rest and retreat from the rigors of their very public lives. Here in the valley, on those occasions that he ventured into town, Reverend Graham’s reputation as a neighbor of humility and warmth had …

Montreat Conference Center Hires New Vice President for Development

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MONTREAT, NC – Montreat Conference Center is pleased to announce that Seth Hagler has been appointed as the new vice president for development. Hagler will be responsible for guiding the institution’s fundraising and developmental initiatives and will begin his work in early 2018. “Seth Hagler possesses a wonderful blend of professional expertise and an authentic appreciation for Montreat and the conference center’s mission,” said Richard DuBose, president of the conference center. “We are delighted that he is joining our team.” A resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, Hagler most recently served as senior class officer at Tulane University. He holds a …

Glen Rock & Winsborough To Be Renovated

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Have you ever stayed at The Winsborough or Glen Rock Inn? If you have, it’s likely you’ve noticed our two largest lodges are a little, well, out of date. Good news: we are currently renovating the two lodges! This post includes information about ongoing, planned, and proposed renovations to The Winsborough (capacity: 61) and Glen Rock Inn (capacity: 33). To support these renovations, visit montreat.org/givenow. The Winsborough Paint A little fresh paint will revitalize any room! We’re planning to paint each of the 31 guest rooms in Winsborough. Curtains & Bedding Floral is timeless, but maybe not this particular floral. …

Montreat Conference Center Celebrates Successful $18M Fundraising Campaign

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MONTREAT, NC – Montreat Conference Center held a reception in Anderson Auditorium to celebrate the successful conclusion of its comprehensive fundraising campaign. The Building On The Tradition campaign ran from May 2011 through April of 2017 and received $18.1 million dollars in commitments, $1.1 million over its projected target. Over 2,500 people from forty-three states and two Canadian provinces contributed to this campaign, as did 209 churches and presbyteries. Richard DuBose, president of the conference center, had this to say about the completion of the campaign: “This campaign has been transformational for our ministry and mission. The generous response speaks …

All Are Welcome Here: A Few Things To Know About Montreat Conference Center

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Montreat Conference Center hosts over 30,000 guests in Montreat each year. We are fond of saying “All are welcome here.” Below is an FAQ that helps to explain the commonalities, distinctions, and differences of the three largest institutions that inhabit the Montreat valley. As Montreat Conference Center, we continue to strive to demonstrate intentional hospitality to all who enter the Montreat gate and to be good neighbors to everyone in the valley. 1. Okay, first things first. Who are you? We are the Montreat Conference Center. You may sometimes hear of us as the “Mountain Retreat Association,” our corporate/legal name …

All Are Welcome Here: A Few Things To Know About Montreat Conference Center

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Montreat Conference Center hosts over 30,000 guests in Montreat each year. We are fond of saying “All are welcome here.” Below is an FAQ that helps to explain the commonalities, distinctions, and differences of the three largest institutions that inhabit the Montreat valley. As Montreat Conference Center, we continue to strive to demonstrate intentional hospitality to all who enter the Montreat gate and to be good neighbors to everyone in the valley. 1. Okay, first things first. Who are you? We are the Montreat Conference Center. You may sometimes hear of us as the “Mountain Retreat Association,” our corporate/legal name (and the …

6 Radically Beautiful Things Happening Right Now

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What does it really mean to be, or to create something that is, radically beautiful? Can art change the world? We don’t totally know the answer to these questions, but we do know that art can change us. Art makes us human; it nourishes our souls and it challenges us to grow in our faith. There is beauty all around us, every day, sometimes we just need to find it. Check out these six things happening all over the country right now, and visit us in October for four full days of #RadicalBeauty. 1. This group of artists preserving Nina …

Assembly Inn Room Dedication Honors Lives of Service

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Members of First Presbyterian in Church Charleston, WV, and friends recently honored Dean and Rebecca Thompson by dedicating a guest room in their honor at the historic Assembly Inn, Montreat Conference Center’s iconic hotel located in Montreat, NC. Dean and Rebecca were much loved in Charleston where they served at First Presbyterian Church from1996 until 2004. Known as both an innovator and bridge builder in Charleston, Dean was awarded the 2004 Martin Luther King Award by the WV Chapter of the NAACP. Dean is a distinguished scholar, preacher, and pastor having also served pastorates in Montgomery, WV; Austin, TX; and …

Montreat to Provide Staging Area and Housing for WNC Firefighters

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Montreat Conference Center is working with the North Carolina Forestry Service to provide a staging area and housing for approximately 47 firefighters who have been dispatched to Western North Carolina during this extremely dry period. The crews will be here for a 14-day rotation, beginning Saturday, November 5. You will likely notice Forestry Service equipment and personnel in Montreat throughout this period. As a reminder, there is a burn ban in effect for Buncombe County. If you see a fire, please call 911. We will keep you updated as relevant information becomes available.

Campaign to Include Anderson Renovation

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An update from Montreat Conference Center’s president Richard DuBose Greetings! With summer around the corner in Montreat and the 2016-2017 fiscal year beginning, I want to provide you a progress report on the Montreat Conference Center and express gratitude to all who have made the successes of this past year possible. In addition, I want to update you on the status of the Building on the Tradition campaign, whose goal is now in sight. Vital Signs Grow Stronger: While way too early to report audited figures, the Montreat Conference Center closed a solid 2015-2016 fiscal year on April 30, thanks …

All are welcome here.

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As you may have heard, on Wednesday the “Public Facilities and Private Security Act” was passed and signed into state law.  The Montreat Conference Center is a private Christian institution that strives to demonstrate intentional hospitality to all. As a key part of that commitment, we will not tolerate on our campus discrimination against any child of God, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. We will continue to invite our conferees, guests, and visitors to use the restrooms in which they feel most comfortable. Personally, I am dismayed that making such a statement is even …