The 2019 College Conference at Montreat will respond to God’s call for compassion in a broken world.
January 2–5, 2019
In Luke we read, “Be compassionate just as God is compassionate” (Luke 6:36) and 2 Corinthians proclaims “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
The 2019 College Conference at Montreat will respond to God’s call for compassion in a broken world. As a community of faith we will discern God’s compassionate nature and how God is calling us to act with compassion in our communities, campuses, churches, and families. We will learn from faith leaders and organizations who are living lives of compassion, working towards justice and peace in their communities. Father Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, writes: “Compassion isn’t just about feeling the pain of others; it’s about bringing them in toward yourself. If we love what God loves, then, in compassion, margins get erased. ‘Be compassionate as God is compassionate,’ means the dismantling of barriers that exclude.” Join us as we create a community of compassion through worship, play, study, and fellowship and consider how God is calling us to dismantle barriers, comfort those in trouble, and to live lives of compassion.
Please check the College Conference resources link to download handouts for the event.
Eboo Patel – Keynote Speaker
Eboo Patel is a leading voice in the movement for interfaith cooperation and the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. He is the author of Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground and Interfaith Leadership. Named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo served on President Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council. He is a regular contributor to the public conversation around religion in America and a frequent speaker on the topic of religious pluralism. He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. For over fifteen years, Eboo has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to help realize a future where religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division.
Residents of The Swannanoa Valley Correctional Center (SCCW) – Keynote Speakers
We will be joined by residents and chaplains of the Swannanoa Valley Correctional Center who will share about their personal experiences in the prison system. They will address the topic of mass incarceration and examine justice issues at both a micro and macro level so that conferees can consider more deeply how they might engage with addressing those issues in their own communities.
Chaplain Carol Dalton – Keynote Speaker
Graduating with a BA from Mercer University in Macon, GA, Carol majored in English and Christianity. She received her MDiv from M. Christopher White School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC in 2001. From there, she received her Clinical Pastoral Education at the VA Hospital in Asheville, NC, and at Rutherford County Hospital. Her chaplain training included work with patients experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, other mental health issues, substance abuse issues, and end-of-life issues. Carol was ordained at The Chapel Door in Fairview, NC in 2006, and she received a Chaplain Endorsement from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Atlanta, GA in 2008. In June 2007, Carol began as an Interim Chaplain at SCCW during the sabbatical of Chaplain Lynn Michie. Upon Lynn’s return, Carol was asked to continue in a permanent position as the prison population increased.
Chaplain Shannon Spencer – Keynote Speaker
Chaplain Shannon Spencer is the founder and director of Asheville Poverty Initiative. She has a BS in Special Education from Appalachian State University and an MDiv from Duke Divinity School. Currently she is working on her Doctorate at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA and graduates in May 2018. After coaching at the Div. I level in women’s basketball, Shannon finally gave into her call to ministry. She has served churches in Illinois, California and North Carolina. In California, she started a jail ministry team at her church that led to serving as the chaplain for the Santa Cruz Co. Sheriff’s Dept. She says of both ministerial locales: “I have had many teachers along the way - some living in gated communities while others behind the gates of prisons and jails. It's been a beautifully broken journey framed by abundant grace and radical love.”
Reverend Aisha Brooks-Lytle – Preacher
Reverend Aisha Brooks-Lytle (A.K.A - Pastor Eesh) is a native of Philadelphia. She graduated from Central High School and holds a BS in Music from Temple University. After spending a significant time as youth director at Wayne Presbyterian Church, she obtained an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary. She served various other churches in the Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, and surrounding area through her music ministry and in her ministry of preaching, teaching, and pastoral care before returning to Wayne Presbyterian Church in February 2013. Aisha has served as a mission pastor for Wayne Presbyterian while she was also serving as the organizing pastor for The Common Place, a faith-based arts and education center in Southwest Philadelphia. Aisha is now serving as the executive presbyter for the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. She is honored and overjoyed to serve in this new role as an encourager to the congregations and leaders in the Presbytery.
Jamie Thompson – Music Leader
Jamie Thompson has enjoyed making music since she was about six years old. She is a 2011 graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary. Jamie has served in several pastoral positions for churches in North Carolina over the last few years. She is currently serving as Pastor for the wonderful community of Pink Hill United Methodist Church in Pink Hill, NC. When she is not playing music she enjoys being outside, running, reading, rocking on her porch, and waiting for the next Star Wars movie to be released.
Laura Thompson – Music Leader
Laura Thompson is currently serving as pastor at Pleasant Green United Methodist Church in Durham, NC. She graduated with a BA in Religion from Mount Olive College and from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond with a Masters of Divinity. She is an ordained elder in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Prior to moving to Durham, Laura served as Director of Christian Education for two years at Swansboro UMC, Associate Pastor at Centenary UMC (New Bern) for a year, and two years as a solo pastor at Candor UMC. In her free time, you can find her on the trails by the Eno River, running or biking, reading a book, watching NC State sports, or spending time with family and friends. Music has always been an important part of her life with God and with others and it's always a joy to be singing with the Montreat family!
Rev. Tami Forte Logan – Critical Conversation Leader
Rev. Tami Forte Logan was born in Germany, raised in Virginia, and has resided in Western NC for 30 years. She lives in the foothills of Western NC where she enjoys gardening, the arts, spending time with her grandchildren, her 12 chickens and being an empty nester with her husband, John. Tami is the pastor of Pharr Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion church. She is a popular educator, community organizer, cultural organizer and the business owner of Inside & Out Consulting. Tami has been fostering the healing of both oppression and white supremacy for over 20 years. She believes “If I am unwilling to support the liberation of all humanity, then I will never be free myself.” Tami is the Equity Missioner for a collaborative ministry between Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church and the Cathedral of All Souls Episcopal Church that addresses white supremacy in the church. She is also the Lead Organizer of Faith 4 Justice – Asheville. Faith 4 Justice is a coalition of ecumenical and multi-faith clergy and faith leaders provoking justice for black and brown bodied people through discernment, advocacy, capacity building in racial equity, and providing a ministry of presence with impacted communities.
David LaMotte – Critical Conversation Leader
David LaMotte is an author, speaker, and professional musician, with over 3000 concerts worldwide to his credit. His books include White Flour, an illustrated introduction to nonviolence based on the true story of a Klan rally that was met by a clown rally, subverting hatred with humor, and Worldchanging 101: Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness, a look at the erroneous stories we tell about how large-scale change happens, and the impact of those stories on our daily choices. His twelfth CD, The Other Way Around, features musicians from every inhabited continent. David lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina, with his wife, son, eight chickens and a betta fish.
Tyrone Greenlee – Critical Conversation Leader
Tyrone Greenlee is a native of Asheville, NC, and currently works as director of Christians for a United Community, a non-profit coalition of churches which mobilizes people of faith around issues of social justice focusing on dismantling racism and the disparities caused by racism. He also works as a mentor/mediator at the Francine Delany New School for Children in West Asheville. Tyrone is a community activist, having served on the boards of Children First, The Center For Participatory Change, and the WCQS Advisory Board. Tyrone currently serves on the boards of Just Economics, Green Opportunities, and Hands and Feet of Asheville. In addition, Tyrone volunteers with the Building Bridges of Asheville anti-racism organization. Tyrone is a member of the New Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church where he serves in the sanctuary choir, the men’s choir, works with youth ministry, and where he was ordained as a Deacon in January of 2012. He is also a member of Circle of Mercy Congregation in Asheville.
Registration & Housing
Online registration is now open! Housing for groups is filled to capacity, however commuter groups may still register. Limited housing for individuals is still available.
What You Need to Know Before You Register
Again this year, we will offer online registration to request your conference spaces and housing. (No more faxing!) Housing requests will be processed in the order that we receive them until our facilities are full. After registering online, participants can either mail a check within 10 days of registering or provide credit card information when contacted by the conference registrar.
Attention Group Leaders: Here are a few things you will need to know before you register online...
- Basic contact information for your church, campus ministry, etc.
- A head count. How many students and chaperones do you have? (Please note that the special comprehensive rate is available to all college students and the first two adults in your group. Additional adults will be charged an extra $100.)
- If possible, the number of female students, male students, female chaperones, male chaperones, and/or couple chaperones. This is helpful to us when placing you in our housing.
- Any special needs your group may have.
The PER PERSON rates are as follows:
- Comprehensive rate: $253* - includes room, meals (Wednesday supper to Saturday Breakfast), conference fee, and $3 community services fee. Rates will increase to $263* after November 1st (if housing is still available at that time). The comprehensive rate is available to all college students and the first two adults in your group. Additional adults will be charged $353* per person. Montreat Conference Center housing is assigned with full-occupancy in mind. To maximize our capacity, all rooms that can be tripled will be tripled using an Aerobed, a bed-height deluxe air mattress.
- Commuter rate: $145* - includes conference fee and $3 community services fee. Rates will increase to $155* after November 1st, and to $165* after December 1st. Housing and meals are not included.
*$50 of this per person fee is a non-refundable deposit.
Register Online for the Conference
OPTION 1: If you are a leader registering a group...
- Register online using the Group Registration Form (commuters only).
- At a later date, you will receive a confirmation email with a login and password for use on myMontreat.org. Log on to myMontreat and send your group the link to your covenant. Your students can complete and sign their conference covenants online. Then print and bring your group's Conference Covenant Signature Page and Locator Form with you to Montreat on January 2.
OPTION 2: If you are a student registering on your own...
- Register online using the Individual Registration Form.
- Complete the Covenant Form (attached to your confirmation email) and bring it with you to Montreat on January 2. That's it!
OPTION 3: If you are a student coming with a group...
Your group's leader will register you, so you don't have to worry about that. However, do be sure to complete and sign your online conference covenant when you get the link from your group leader.
Need to Make Changes?
If your group is already registered and you need to make changes, please download the additions/cancellations form, fill it out and return it to us!
Before December 1, 2018, your fee(s) will be refunded less the $50 per person non-refundable deposit. After December 1, 2018 no refunds will be issued.
A limited number of scholarships are available. Please contact Hope Barker at email@example.com for an application.
Contact the Registrar
Questions about registration? Please contact the registrar, Hope Barker, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, January 2
3:00 – 7:00 - Registration in Upper Anderson
6:00 - Dinner
7:30 - Opening Worship, Anderson Auditorium
Additional Activities Following Worship
Thursday, January 3
8:00-9:00 - Breakfast
9:00 - Morning Gathering and Keynote, Anderson Auditorium
10:30 - Critical Conversation Groups
12:30 - Lunch
2:00 – 3:15 - Workshop I
3:30 - Afternoon Options
6:00 - Dinner
7:30 - Worship with Offering, Anderson Auditorium
Additional Activities Following Worship
Friday, January 4
8:00-9:00 - Breakfast
Sabbath Morning – enjoy!
10:00 - Scheduled Options
12:30 - Lunch
2:00 - Worship, Anderson Auditorium
3:30 – Workshop II
5:00 – Communion Servers & Processional Rehearsal
6:00 - Dinner
7:30 - Evening Gathering and Keynote, Anderson Auditorium
9:00 – Critical Conversation Groups
Saturday, January 5
8:00-9:00 - Breakfast
9:30 - Closing Worship with Communion, Anderson Auditorium
Buh bye!!! See you next year…
Join us Jan 2-5, 2020!
Additional housing is available in private rentals:
- Request a Private Cottage List by emailing email@example.com. Would you like a little more information about what is involved when renting a private cottage in Montreat? Download helpful hints. (Please Note: Montreat Conference Center lodges are not available for private rental during this conference)
- GreyBeard Rentals (small & large groups) | 888-598-3412
- Montreat Cottage Rentals (small & large groups) | 828-669-9700
- William Black Lodge (individuals & small groups) | 828.669.6314 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- South Carolina Inn (individuals & small groups) | 828-669-7460
- Ridgecrest Conference Center in Black Mountain - rooms available that sleep 5-8 people. | 800-588-7222
- Camp Rockmont Rentals in Black Mountain (small & large groups) 828-273-7366
- Quality Inn in Black Mountain | 828-669-9950
- Super 8 Motel in Black Mountain | 828-669-8076
Meals for Commuters
For the 2019 College Conference at Montreat we will not have Discussion Groups and, therefore, we will not be accepting Discussion Group Leader Applications. This application is for Workshop Presenters only. In 2019 we will engage conferees in our new programming model. Conferees will be placed in one of three Critical Conversation Groups for discussion and processing of material presented in keynote presentations. These Critical Conversation groups will be led by three, paid professionals who are experienced in group leadership and cross-racial dialogue. We are excited for this new platform and we appreciate your support of the conference.
We are no longer accepting exhibitor applications for the 2019 College Conference. All exhibitor slots have been filled. Questions can be directed to email@example.com.