CMC Retreat 2017:
Love, Joy, and Resistance:
Practicing the politics of Mary in the face of empire
Camp Brethren Woods
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty…”
How might we live as people filled with and sustained by the love and joy of God’s coming kingdom, even as we actively resist oppression and injustice in our community and world?
We will reflect on Mary as a model of love-rooted and joy-filled political and social action in the face of a violent and powerful empire. As a young peasant woman living under foreign occupation, Mary had no voice or access to power, yet her words of prophetic proclamation heralded the beginning of the great reversal of God’s kingdom, as she welcomed God’s presence in her own body.
We’ll reflect on how Mary might be our guide as we, as a congregation of American Christians in 2017, seek to live as people rooted in love and filled with joy, even as we give witness to and welcome God’s reign in our midst.
Our keynote speaker, Isaac S. Villegas, is pastor of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship and is a member of the governing board of the North Carolina Council of Churches. He is the child of Latin American immigrants to Los Angeles, California. He has served on the denominational board of Mennonite Church USA, as well as those of non-profit organizations including School for Conversion and Open Table Ministries. He is the co-author of Presence: Giving and Receiving God. He has a B.A. from Westmont College and an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School.
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Retreat 2017 Schedule
6-7:30 pm Registration
7:30-8:45 pm Session 1 with Isaac Villegas
Child care for children age 8 and up
9-10 pm Bonfire, s’mores, and CMC Story Hour
Quiet hours from 10 pm-7 am
7:30-10 am Breakfast
9-10 am Outdoor activities
10-12 pm Session 2 with Isaac Villegas, followed by response groups
Childcare for children under 2
Planned activities for elementary and junior high youth
12-1 pm Lunch
1:15-5:00 pm Free time and group activities –
hiking, games, Frisbee, music-making, or bike-riding
5-6 pm Dinner featuring Joe Yoder’s BBQ chicken
7-8:30 pm Saturday Night Live & MYF fundraiser snack
Quiet hours from 10 pm-7am
7:45-8:45 am Breakfast featuring Wayne Gehman’s homemade donuts
9-10 am Cabin and campsite cleanup
10-11:30 am Worship with Isaac Villegas
11:45-12:45 pm Lunch
1-2 pm Cleanup
We look forward to a fun and meaningful weekend of rest, work and play!
–Hannah and Ben Bailey, Linda Martin Burkholder, Jonathan Murch, Traci Yoder Stoltzfus, Micah Jost, and Dayna Olson-Getty