Montreat Conference Center

John Kuykendall Preaching on July 23

posted on Jul. 16, 2017

Montreat Conference CenterChristians have a tendency to overuse possessive pronouns when it comes to faith matters: my church; my minister; my denomination; my God.

Folks should be careful about that, says the Rev. Dr. John Kuykendall, president emeritus of Davidson College and guest preacher in Montreat Conference Center’s summer worship series on Sunday, July 23. The “my” suggests ownership, he explains: “It is a fact of human life that most of us assume that there are certain things which are ours and nobody else’s. Most of us are entirely convinced that we do own certain things, be they great or small, and we are more or less comfortable with the idea of personal possessions.”

A Charlotte native, Kuykendall graduated from Davidson College in 1959 with an English degree. He later earned his master’s of divinity from Union Theological Seminary, master’s of sacred theology from Yale Divinity School, and MA and PhD degrees from Princeton University.

Each Sunday morning throughout the summer season, the Montreat community gathers for a unique opportunity to hear some of the finest preaching in the nation and to discover how, in addition to Word and Sacrament, music and art can become an integral and stunning part of the worship experience.

Under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Ann Laird Jones and her team of artists and volunteers, the message brought by the visiting preacher is expanded and illustrated in a variety of artistic expressions: painting, sculpture, dance, and creative stage settings. Eric Wall, Montreat’s conference musician, draws the congregation into “singing a new song” as well as hearing the old, familiar ones in a new way.

As part of the worship series, the Rev. Lisle Gwynn Garrity is leading a Sunday school class entitled “Bible Study with Visual Art” from 9:00-10:00 am on July 23 in the Walkup Building. All are welcome.

All of the summer Sunday services in the series are at 10:30 am in Anderson Auditorium, just off Assembly Drive in Montreat. Child care is available for children six months through kindergarten at the Updike Child Care Center on Texas Road.

As is the summer tradition, the community is invited to the lunch buffet at 11:45 am in the Assembly Inn’s Galax Dining Room following worship. Lunch tickets can be purchased at the Assembly Inn front desk.

Rounding off the day’s activities at 7:00 pm is a community hymn sing in the lobby of Assembly Inn.

For further information or to learn about other worship, educational, and recreational opportunities at Montreat, visit, or call 828.669.2911.

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