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July 2018

Youth Conference VI

July 29 - August 4
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

This conference is a unique gathering of young people from all over the country for a week of study, worship, and recreation. Activities include morning energizers, music, keynote, small group meetings, afternoon recreation activities, and evening worship. Montreat Youth Conference 2018 will strive to be a place where authenticity, community, connection, and God’s truth thrive. It will seek to be an inclusive place where each voice can be heard and where each heart can be molded; where change is invited, challenge…

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August 2018

Presbyterian Chaplains

August 6 - August 10
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map

Chaplain Credentialing & Training Course The Chaplain Credentialing and Training Course will be held at Montreat Conference Center this year. It is nestled in between the mountains just 20 minutes east of Asheville, North Carolina. Of the 4,000 acres that make up Montreat, 2,500 acres are dedicated to wilderness. There are also 21 hiking trails of almost 30 miles. Accommodations will be in the historic Assembly Inn with meals in the Galax Dining Room. Child care and a youth program are available during the day. Registration Information…

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Women’s Connection

August 10 - August 12
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States

The 2018 Women’s Connection theme draws from Psalm 23, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me.” As a conference we will visit that place together, we will journey through the valleys, reflecting on the times when we have sensed God’s presence in our lives. We will also discover ways to cultivate God’s presence in our daily lives as we walk through the valleys (and…

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Growing into Tomorrow… Today

August 16 - August 17
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Clouds and Mountains at Montreat Conference Center

Be informed, educated, and inspired for a journey toward wholeness in retirement living! Planning for retirement can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Our two-day seminar helps clergy and lay members and their guests explore steps they can take now to plan for their best retirement tomorrow. The seminar is designed for members planning to retire within the next 15 years. Seminar attendees will identify key questions for discernment in planning for retirement; assess their finances, options…

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Crossroads Antiracism Training

August 17 - August 19
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map

Download a flyer! In January of 2017, Montreat Conference Center staff engaged in a day-long training session with a team from Crossroads, and found it to be useful for inspiring long-term and site-specific conversations about the journey to overcome the dehumanizing effects of racism. We want to make a similar, more in depth opportunity available to congregations, pastors, Christian educators, session leaders, church staff, and volunteers. Space is limited, and scholarship funds are available. This introductory training by Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and…

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Well-Being Retreat 2018

August 20 - August 22
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

Experience wholeness: spiritual, health, financial, and vocational. The Board of Pensions' Well-Being Retreat offers active Benefits Plan members a unique opportunity to explore wholeness through the spiritual, physical and emotional, financial, and vocational aspects of their lives. Participants will be able to customize their retreat experience by selecting the educational workshops and guided activities that best support their journey to well-being. Don’t miss out! Registration Online registration will open in the spring of 2018! For more information about registration and accommodations for…

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The Art of Transitional Ministry

August 26 - August 31
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Lake Susan at Montreat Conference Center

Leading a congregation and faith community through transition is challenging and rewarding and it is recognized both in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as well as other denominations as a specialized ministry. Whether it is a change in leadership or a changing neighborhood, it takes knowledge, skill, resilience, and spiritual strength to navigate the waters of transition in a way that allows a congregation and its leaders to be open to possibilities, go deeper, and thrive. The Art of Transitional Ministry…

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September 2018

Fall Craft Week

September 30 - October 5
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Leslie McCarthy's Fabric Workshop during the Fall Craft Week at Montreat Conference Center

Come create with your hands, gain proficiency in an art form, and enjoy the community of other artists during a fall week in the mountains. Years ago M. C. Richards, renowned potter, came to Black Mountain College to teach poetry but ended up with her hands in clay. In her book Centering she defines the word craft as “…Craft, as you may know, comes from the German word Kraft, meaning power or strength. We can’t fake craft. It lies in…

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October 2018

Growing into Tomorrow… Today

October 3 - October 4
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Montreat Conference Center Lake Susan bridge

Be informed, educated, and inspired for a journey toward wholeness in retirement living! Planning for retirement can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Our two-day seminar helps clergy and lay members and their guests explore steps they can take now to plan for their best retirement tomorrow. The seminar is designed for members planning to retire within the next 15 years. Seminar attendees will identify key questions for discernment in planning for retirement; assess their finances, options…

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Better Angels

October 8 - October 11
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Montreat Conference Center's Better Angels Conference

When we look at the intersection of today's headlines and God's concern we see topics like racism, #metoo, immigration, and violence. In each of these discussions, the common thread is power. It's the same when we look at the topics of spirited discussion in our churches, like the budget, mission, stewardship, and recruitment of leaders. And yet power is something we rarely talk about, analyze, or organize around, even though we're dealing with it, using it, or finding ourselves without it, all…

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Wee Kirk Conference

October 15 - October 17
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man loves me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. --John 14:23  The Wee Kirk conference aspires to provide Christ-centered opportunities for inspiration, encouragement, and community among leaders of small membership churches so they can do the same in their congregations and regions. The conference will offer the following tracks for conferees to choose: Barnabas Track Missional Track Spiritual Formation Track Retreat Track See…

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Healthy Congregations

October 17 - October 19
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Montreat Conference Center Healthy Congregations

Healthy Congregations facilitator training offers the opportunity for participants to: prepare to lead a congregation through Healthy Congregations workshops; learn Family Systems Theory; understand the nature and scope of the workshop materials; discover a variety of creative ways to present material to a congregation; gain insight into ways of moving members of a congregation toward a healthy and faithful life together. Facilitator training workshops will include: Creating a Healthy Congregation Response to Anxiety and Change Leadership in a Healthy Congregation…

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A Dwelling Place for God: Renewing an Earthly Spirituality

October 18 - October 21
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

This course is especially for those who wish to rediscover a Christian spirituality that is rooted in and integrates creation, worship, justice, and hope. Early Judaism and Christianity both understood the temple as a symbol of the whole creation, an image of heaven and earth as they were meant to be, and as the place where God’s presence was to be found. The early Christians shaped their corporate practices and self-understanding as the “body of Christ” in light of the…

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South Carolina Presbyteries

October 22 - October 24
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Gazebo by Lake Susan in Fall at Montreat Conference Center

Key Leadership Frances Taylor Gench is Herbert Worth and Annie H. Jackson Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to joining the Union faculty in 1999, she taught for 13 years at Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary (Pennsylvania). Frances is a graduate of Davidson College and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (now Union Presbyterian Seminary; M.Div., Ph.D.). She was a member of the PCUSA General Assembly’s Theological Task Force on Peace, Unity, and Purity of the Church,…

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Evolving Faith

October 25 - October 27
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

Lodging Options Montreat Conference Center's facilities are now filled to capacity! Please see below for additional lodging options in the area. MONTREAT: Check out Greybeard Realty and AirBnB for reasonable and creative housing in the Montreat area. Campsites in the Montreat Family Campground are also available Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. BLACK MOUNTAIN (easy five to ten minute drive): There is additional lodging available in nearby Black Mountain. Please visit the Black Mountain Chamber of Commerce for a variety of accommodations in the surrounding area. ASHEVILLE (25 to 30…

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November 2018

Thanksgiving at Montreat

November 19 - November 25
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States+ Google Map
Lake Susan in Fall at Montreat Conference Center

This Thanksgiving, gather up the whole family and come to Assembly Inn’s historic Galax Dining Room for a traditional Thanksgiving feast (that you didn’t have to prepare…or clean up). This scrumptious buffet lunch is served at 12:00 noon on Thanksgiving Day. For overnight accommodations, be sure to check out our special packages below. All reservations must be paid in full at the time of booking. Special note: Please use the comments section of the online reservation system to alert us to the…

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