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2018 College Conference at Montreat


January 2 - January 5, 2018

The word “Home” has many meanings to people of faith. As young people go to college, study abroad, begin jobs, engage in mission work, and leave their home towns and families of origin, “Home” begins to have new meanings. What makes a place home? What does it mean to leave home? What does it mean to feel like you don’t have a home? As we wrestle with these questions, we look to the past and to Holy Scriptures; as people of faith, with an eye towards a just future and commissioned by God to engage in Kingdom-building, we reflect on those who do not have a home and cry out for justice and mercy. Join us for worship, recreation, fellowship, and study at College Conference 2018 as we build a home of faith together. All are welcome!

Workshop Presenters

For the 2018 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 2018 we will engage conferees in a 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.

Conference Exhibitors

Conference Exhibitors apply here. Space is limited. Applications are due by December 1, 2017 and accepted applicants will be notified by December 8, 2017.

Registration will open in the fall of 2017!  More details to come!  In the meantime, check out resources from the 2017 conference.

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Rates & Registration

Registration will open in the fall of 2017!  More details to come…

Key Leadership

Montreat Conference CenterRev. Becca Stevens (keynote speaker) is one of the premiere speakers in the United States proclaiming love as the most powerful force for social change. She is an author, Episcopal priest and founder of Thistle Farms-Magdalene, a community of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction. She founded the residential community in 1997, and the social enterprise in 2001. Thistle Farms employs residents and graduates of Magdalene, and houses a natural body care line, a paper and sewing studio, Thistle Stop Café, and its new global cooperative, Shared Trade. She demonstrates that love is good business and raises millions of dollars annually. In the anti-human trafficking movement Stevens believes in a housing-first model with economic independence for survivors. Most recently she has been featured in the PBS documentary, “A Path Appears.” She is a prolific writer and has been featured in the New York Times, on ABC World News, NPR, PBS, CNN, and Huffington Post and named by the White House as one of 15 Champions of Change for violence against women in 2011. She was named 2014 Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America, has been inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame, and was conferred an honorary doctorate by Sewanee: The University of the South. Her newest book is, The Way of Tea & Justice: Rescuing the World’s Favorite Beverage from its Violent History. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Grammy-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon, and their three sons.

Montreat Conference CenterRick Ufford-Chase (keynote speaker) is a faith-based activist for peace and justice. He is the author of Faithful Resistance: Gospel Visions for the Church in a Time of Empire. Rick served as the Moderator of the 216th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), from 2004 to 2006, and in various capacities as a mission-worker on the U.S./Mexico border for nearly twenty years, where he was a co-founder of BorderLinks, Samaritans and No More Deaths. In 2008, Rick and his wife Kitty became the co-directors of Stony Point Center, where they helped to found the Community of Living Traditions, a multifatih, residential community of Muslims, Christians and Jews who dedicate themselves to the practice of hospitality, nonviolence, peace and justice. He currently serves part-time as the associate director for interfaith formation for the Presbyterian Mission Agency, and is the Rick Co-Moderator of the Activist Council for the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. Rick is the father of three, Leana (17), Troy (18) and Teo (21). He is an avid outdoorsman whose first loves are rafting, kayaking, and sailing.

Montreat Conference CenterRev. Denise Anderson (preacher) was born in Oxford, England while both of her parents served in the U.S. Air Force. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and continued her studies at Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C. While under care, Anderson served on her presbytery’s Committee on Representation and as a pastoral assistant at Taiwanese Presbyterian Church of Washington, where she led the English Ministry. She wrote for National Capital Presbytery’s monthly newsletter, which later inspired her to start her own blog, SOULa Scriptura: To Be Young, Gifted, and Reformed. In 2014, Anderson accepted a call to pastor Unity Presbyterian Church in Temple Hills, MD. She continues to serve National Capital Presbytery where she continues to serve on the Leadership Council and as a Vital Signs© interpretation consultant. She is also on the NEXT Church strategy team, and continues to write, having appeared in a number of publications and contributed to the book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit: Christian Clergywomen Share Their Hard Days, Holy Moments and the Healing Power of Humor (Skylight Paths).

Montreat Conference CenterMicah Dalton (music leader) was born and raised in and around Atlanta, GA. Micah has spent the majority of his professional life as a touring singer-songwriter and is now one half of the band Dwayne Shivers. He is also co-founder of the ATL Collective, a collaborative music series that seeks to showcase Atlantan songwriters and musical artists by re-imagining classic albums in a live music format. Micah joined Kairos Church in Spring 2015 as Gathering Director & Artist-in-Residence after he and his wife, Mary Lynn, lived in Brooklyn and Manhattan for nearly two years. Micah is passionate about the collision of art, faith, and culture, and he strives to contribute through those avenues to the flourishing of the arts in Atlanta. Micah deeply enjoys mid-20th century Catholic fiction, playing pick-up basketball, and stand-up comedy.

Montreat Conference CenterRev. Dr. Diane J. Johnson Ph.D. (critical conversation leader) As founder and president of Mmapeu Management Consulting, Dr. Johnson works at the intersections of community transformation, diversity and inclusion, social change and faith, organizational capacity expansion, and leadership development. In 2015, Rev. Diane joined the Atlanta-based Center for Progressive Renewal offering executive coaching, organizational development consulting and leadership development for clergy and denominational leaders. She is the author of several books, including Proud Sisters, The Wit & Wisdom of African-American Women, Mother Love and The Cultural Diversity Fieldbook. An avid dancer, gourmet chef, jazz aficionado, lay leader in her various spiritual communities, and a West African drummer, Diane exhibits a unique joie d’vive integrating humor, enthusiasm, and intellectual rigor in her trainings, technical assistance, and conference proceedings.

Montreat Conference CenterHugh Hollowell (critical conversation leader) is the founder and executive director of Love Wins Ministries, where they believe the opposite of homelessness isn’t housing – it’s community. In addition to his duties there, he is a sought after writer and speaker about issues of faith and homelessness, having been published in Sojourners, The Christian Century, and has appeared on both Fox News and NPR. Hugh lives in downtown Raleigh, NC, with his wife, where they co-parent three cats and four chickens. He stays pretty busy, but still manages to read over 100 books a year. With apologies to Counting Crows, grey really is his favorite color, and he loves peanut M&Ms.

Montreat Conference CenterDavid LaMotte (critical conversation leader) 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, NC, with his wife, son, eight chickens, and a betta fish.