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2019 College Conference at Montreat

Compassionate Community

January 2 - January 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.

Workshop Presenters

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.

Exhibitor Information

We will begin accepting applications for exhibitors on October 1, 2018. Please check back here around that time for an application. Questions can be directed to katiec@montreat.org

Registration Information

Registration will open in October! 

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, participants can either mail a check within 10 days of registering or provide credit card information when contacted by the conference registrar.

For more information about conference fees, accommodations, and the registration process, please click on the RATES & REGISTRATION tab above.

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Rates & Registration

Registration will open in October!

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.

Conference Rates

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 plus $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 (Available in October)

If you are a leader registering a group…

  1. Register online using the group registration form (available in October).
  2. At a later date, you will receive a confirmation email with login and password for use on myMontreat.org to enter your students’ information. Students do not need to fill out an individual registration form. Have your students (and adults) complete the covenant form (available in October) and return them to you. Gather them up and bring with you to Montreat on January 2.

If you are a student registering on your own…

  1. Register online using the individual registration form (available in October).
  2. Complete the covenant form (available in October) and bring it with you to Montreat on January 2. That’s it!

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 download the covenant form (available in October), type in your info, save it, and email it to your group leader. Or you may print it, fill it out, and give it to your group leader prior to check-in on January 2.

Need to Make Changes?

If your group is already registered and you need to make changes, please download the additions/cancellations form (available in October), fill it out and return it to us!

Refund Policy

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.

Contact the Registrar

Questions about registration? Please contact the registrar, Hope Barker, at hopeb@montreat.org.

Key Leadership

Montreat Conference CenterEboo Patel (Keynote Speaker) 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.

Montreat Conference CenterResidents 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.

Montreat Conference CenterChaplain 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.

Montreat Conference CenterChaplain Shannon Spencer (Keynote Speaker) 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.”

Montreat Conference CenterReverend 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.

Montreat Conference CenterJamie Thompson (Music Leader) 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.

Montreat Conference CenterLaura Thompson (Music Leader) 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!

Private Housing

Additional housing is available in private rentals:

Meals for Commuters

Please check out the Black Mountain Chamber of Commerce as well as our Business Patrons web page for a list of restaurants in Black Mountain.

Conference Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available. Please contact Hope Barker at hopeb@montreat.org for an application.