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South Carolina Presbyteries

SC5 Minister/Educator Retreat

October 22 - 24, 2018

“When the Bible Raises Your Blood Pressure: Faithful Wrestling with Challenging Texts”

The Bible is full of embarrassing, offensive, problematic texts that present serious interpretive challenges for contemporary Christian faith and practice.  Should they be repudiated?  Discarded?  Silenced?  Or are there perhaps more effective and faithful ways of handling them?  This retreat will tackle the importance of engaging difficult texts directly, with the expectation that we may encounter the living God in our conversation with them. It will provide the opportunity to wrestle with such texts, to consider interpretive strategies for engaging them with integrity, and to reflect on the authority of Scripture.

Key Leadership

Montreat Conference CenterFrances 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, and is the author of Encountering God in Tyrannical Texts: Reflections on Paul, Women, and the Authority of Scripture (WJKP, 2015); Faithful Disagreement: Wrestling with Scripture in the Midst of Church Conflict (WJKP, 2009); Encounters with Jesus: Studies in the Gospel of John (WJKP, 2007); Back to the Well: Women’s Encounters with Jesus in the Gospels (WJKP, 2004); Hebrews and James (WJKP, 1996), and two Horizons Bible Studies for Presbyterian Women. She resides in Washington, D.C. and is a parish associate at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, where her husband, Roger J. Gench, is the pastor.

Registration Information

There are three rate packages available for this event.  A limited number of participants outside of South Carolina may also attend, however an additional $25 fee will be manually added by the registrar after you make your reservation online.

Option 1: Conference, Room, & Meal Package in Assembly Inn

Package rates below include registration fee, room in Assembly Inn, plus Monday supper through Wednesday lunch. Rates include NC sales tax plus a community service fee. All meals are served in the Galax Dining Room at Assembly Inn.

  • Single Occupancy, Private Bath: $333.42*
  • Double Occupancy, Private Bath: $452.82* ($226.41 per person)

    Option 2: Conference & Meal Package

    Package rate below includes registration fee plus Monday supper, Tuesday lunch and supper, and Wednesday lunch. (No breakfasts included in package.) Meals will be served in the Galax Dining Room in Assembly Inn. Rate includes NC sales tax plus a community service fee.

    • $100.68 per person*

    Option 3: Conference Fee Only

    Rate below includes registration fee and community services fee.

    • $52 per person*

    *A limited number of participants outside of South Carolina may attend this event.  A $25 additional fee will be manually added by the registrar after you make your reservation.

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    • Reserve Conference, Room and/or Meal Package

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    Refund Policy

    Cancellations must be received by September 10 in order to receive a full refund less a $25 service charge. Cancellations received after September 10 but on or before October 15 will receive a 50% refund of the conference fee plus payments made toward room and meal charges (if applicable) less $40. No refunds will be issued after October 15.  All requests must be in writing and received via email, fax, or U.S. mail.

    Contact the Registrar

    If you have any questions about the registration process, please email the registrar at SusanA@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829.

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