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401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States
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January 2017

Road Scholar at Montreat

January 1 - December 31
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

Learning is a lifelong pursuit that opens minds and enriches lives. Road Scholar participants come to Montreat from every walk of life to learn together, to exchange ideas, and to explore the world. Accommodations in the beautiful Assembly Inn, overlooking Lake Susan, are double occupancy (limited singles with an extra charge) with private baths. The Inn includes spacious lounges, classrooms, and dining facilities. Comprehensive fees include program, housing (double occupancy), and meals in the Galax Dining Room in the Assembly…

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Spiritual Formation Retreats

January 1 - December 31
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
Montreat Conference Center Spiritual Formation Retreat

For church professionals and lay people, Columbia Theological Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning provides non-degree courses and events—opportunities to learn with and from others for faithful discipleship. The Certificate in Spiritual Formation program offers an exploration of community-grounded Christian spirituality that is rooted in scripture and theology; a history of the tradition; reading in the spiritual classics; prayer and meditation; and skills for assisting others on a spiritual journey. Participants in the certificate program will gain a broad understanding of the…

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April 2017

Assembly Inn Spring Specials

April 30 - May 28
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
Assembly Inn Spring Special at Montreat Conference Center

Montreat is pleased to offer a special package for individuals and families seeking respite from their busy lives and hectic schedules. Often described as a “thin place,” Montreat offers a peaceful and beautiful setting for guests to commune with their Creator and rest their souls. Your visit to Montreat can provide time and space for prayer, study, and Sabbath rest, while also providing opportunities outside the gate to take part in all that Western North Carolina has to offer. Assembly Inn Room…

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May 2017

Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan Luncheon

May 28
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map

Buy your tickets now for the Kirkin' o' the Tartan Luncheon! Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. All prices include N.C. sales tax. Please stop by or call the front desk at Assembly Inn at 828.419.9844 or toll free at 800.572.2257, ext. 300 to purchase tickets. Questions? Email the front desk. For special seating needs, please email the dining room or call 828-419-9850. Kirkin' Lunch Menu Smoked Salmon Platter Slow Braised Beef Brisket with Whiskey Sauce Herb Crusted Cod Loins with Tartar…

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June 2017

Youth Conference I

June 4 - June 10
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
Montreat Youth Conferences

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. Attending a Montreat Youth Conference may be the single best thing your youth take part in over the summer. Watch our video and start making plans today! Registration for 2017 is now open! The 2017 Montreat Youth Conference will provide: a safe space for…

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Montreat Youth Conferences

June 4 - August 5
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
Montreat Youth Conferences

Montreat Youth Conference (MYC) 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. MYC is designed for high school students, entering freshmen through graduated seniors, and for their group leaders. We offer six conferences each summer. Daily Schedule There are four main parts of every day at MYC: Keynote - The keynote session gathers everyone together for movement and group building (fondly…

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Summer Worship Series

June 4 - August 6
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
Summer Worship in Anderson Auditorium at Montreat Conference Center

Gathered around Font, Table, and Word During the summer months, it is the privilege of Montreat Conference Center to host the community gathered to worship the Triune God. In services for the Lord’s Day, Montreat welcomes summer visitors, conferees, cottagers, vacationers, and conference leadership to worship. As the community is gathered around Font, Table, and Word – offering its praise and thanksgiving to God through thoughtfully crafted liturgy, musical gifts of the community and world, its own artistic expressions of…

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Youth Conference II

June 11 - June 17
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
Montreat Youth Conferences

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. Attending a Montreat Youth Conference may be the single best thing your youth take part in over the summer. Watch our video and start making plans today! Registration for 2017 is now open! The 2017 Montreat Youth Conference will provide: a safe space for…

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Worship & Music I

June 18 - June 24
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map

For everyone committed to the work of worship in the church— pastors, musicians, choir members, worship committee members, children and youth. In this time of high anxiety in everyday life we sometimes feel like the world is changing so rapidly and nothing is sure. We seek in worship and in our rehearsals and seminars to be reminded that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ: not a divisive political scene, not conflicts in the church,…

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Worship & Music II

June 25 - July 1
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map

For everyone committed to the work of worship in the church— pastors, musicians, choir members, worship committee members, children and youth. In this time of high anxiety in everyday life we sometimes feel like the world is changing so rapidly and nothing is sure. We seek in worship and in our rehearsals and seminars to be reminded that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ: not a divisive political scene, not conflicts in the church,…

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July 2017

4th of July Celebration

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

Montreat Conference Center welcomes you to join us for our annual July 4th Celebration! Traditionally a homecoming holiday that brings extended Montreat families together from all over the country, the Fourth of July celebration at Montreat truly captures the essence of American life and has become a popular celebration for everyone in the area. Watch the video! Be sure to check the July 4th issue of This Week in Montreat for more details and a final schedule! Montreat Parade Join us on…

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C. E. Certification Course

July 5 - July 9
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

Introduction and Course Description When one looks within the life and ministry of the church, the role of religious education becomes prominent. It is the area of ministry that embraces the spiritual, educational, and developmental growth of all persons in the community. Education is called upon to enable people to develop into whole persons, and meets them at different ages, needs, family structures, and life experience. Because of its unique role in the life of the church, it is imperative that we understand the theological, and…

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Youth Conference III

July 9 - July 15
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
Montreat Youth Conferences

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. Attending a Montreat Youth Conference may be the single best thing your youth take part in over the summer. Watch our video and start making plans today! Registration for 2017 is now open! The 2017 Montreat Youth Conference will provide: a safe space for…

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Youth Conference IV

July 16 - July 22
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
Montreat Youth Conferences

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. Attending a Montreat Youth Conference may be the single best thing your youth take part in over the summer. Watch our video and start making plans today! Registration for 2017 is now open! The 2017 Montreat Youth Conference will provide: a safe space for…

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Middle School Conference

July 19 - July 23
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
Hope is happening-real

At the Montreat Middle School Conference in 2017, we hope to give realization that everyone belongs to God and we all have value as children of God. Thus we should all be understanding and respectful of God’s creation. We hope to create an environment that promotes independent thinking and choice-making that reflects values that are both personalized and in conversation with our tradition. We hope to give our youth the tools to discern healthy peer relationships. We hope to build up…

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Youth Conference V

July 23 - July 29
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
Montreat Youth Conferences

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. Attending a Montreat Youth Conference may be the single best thing your youth take part in over the summer. Watch our video and start making plans today! Registration for 2017 is now open! The 2017 Montreat Youth Conference will provide: a safe space for…

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Youth Conference VI

July 30 - August 5
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
Montreat Youth Conferences

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. Attending a Montreat Youth Conference may be the single best thing your youth take part in over the summer. Watch our video and start making plans today! Registration for 2017 is now open! The 2017 Montreat Youth Conference will provide: a safe space for…

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August 2017

Presbyterian Chaplains

August 7 - August 11
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 11 - August 13
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map

We, as women, are made in the image of God, created as physical, emotional/relational, and spiritual beings. Women’s Connection 2017 is a holy time for women to honor who God has created us to be. We hope to provide space for opportunities to nurture mind and body, to connect with community of old friends and new, and to recenter our communal lives and our individual selves in God’s good news. Come as you are. This year's conference, featuring Rachel Held…

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An Evening with Rachel Held Evans

August 12 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

Montreat Conference Center is pleased to host An Evening with Rachel Held Evans on August 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm in Anderson Auditorium. Doors will open at 7:00 pm. This event is open to the public. Tickets are $50 in advance, $55 on-site. Advance Ticket Sales Online registration will open at a later date (see below to sign up for updates). Tickets are $50 in advance. Will Call is open to the public from 6:00-7:30 pm on Saturday, August 12 in the lobby of Anderson Auditorium.  On-Site Ticket Sales…

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Growing into Tomorrow… Today

August 15 - August 16
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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Crossroads Anti-Racism Training

August 18 - August 20
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
The DisGrace Conference at Montreat Conference Center

This introductory workshop by Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training Event will provide participants with a shared analysis of systemic racism in the United States. Using an action-reflection model, the workshop will seek to answer three questions: What is the current reality of racism in the US? Why is this still our current reality? How can we intervene strategically to disrupt and dismantle racism? The workshop will include definitions of key concepts such as racism, prejudice, power, and dominant culture. Participants…

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The Art of Transitional Ministry

August 27 - September 1
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
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 2017

Worship and the Arts

September 25 - September 29
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map

The focus will be on Advent Year B. Our theme will be based on Psalm 80, with its cry "Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved." Advent is a time for waiting, for yearning, for deliverance and restoration, but what is it we are waiting for? What is the expectation that defines our hope? Advent calls us to new/different/unexpected responses. Rather than just endorsing the patterns that are there, we are called to use…

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October 2017

Fall Craft Week

October 1 - October 6
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map

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”: “…Craft, as you may know, comes from the German word Kraft, meaning power or strength. We can’t fake craft. It lies in the…

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A Day with Nick Joerling

October 1 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

Sally Jones Pottery, Montreat Conference Center Join us on Sunday, October 1, 2017, 10:00 am-3:00 pm at the Sally Jones Pottery at Montreat Conference Center. The $50 fee includes a homemade soup and salad luncheon at the pottery! Our day will be a mix of making, looking, talking, laughing. Beginning with round pots coming from the wheel, I’ll push, cut, coax, and stretch those forms. Why alter pots? Tom Spleth nicely observed, “As work departs from thrown forms that typically refer to…

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Radical Beauty

October 9 - October 12
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
Montreat Conference Center - Radical Beauty

This conference seeks to witness and create together through performance and study. Come; be nourished, find healing, and leave equipped to integrate this Radical Beauty into your life and worship. Registration To register and/or reserve accommodations for this conference online, please click on the RATES & REGISTRATION tab above. Receive a free copy of The Porch Magazine Gareth Higgins, founder of the Wild Goose Festival and The Porch magazine will be the creative director for Radical Beauty and is offering you…

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Texts of Terror

October 15 - October 18
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

Not all texts in the Bible are easy to read. There are passages in our Scriptures about conquest and holy war, divine vengeance and ethnic bias, domestic violence and gendered hierarchy. For many contemporary readers, these so-called “texts of terror” raise a number of ethical and theological problems. In what sense can such texts be considered holy or sacred? How can they be preached on, taught, or studied in a manner that is both intellectually honest and theologically responsible? Do…

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Wee Kirk Conference

October 16 - October 18
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

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 Clustering Track Spiritual Formation Track Global Engagement Track Retreat Track See the WORKSHOPS tab above for track descriptions. You will be asked to select a track when you register. Once selected, that track will be your focus throughout the conference. We will all be together…

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Healthy Congregations

October 18 - October 20
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
Healthy Congregations Conference at Montreat Conference Center

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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Holy Wells and Thin Places: Exploring Celtic Spirituality

October 19 - October 22
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

Shrouded in legend and imbued with romance, the Celtic lands such as Ireland, Scotland, and Wales have produced a surprising number of saints and spiritual guides, both ancient and contemporary. In our day, as Christians seek ways to celebrate stewardship of God’s good creation, a healthy and balanced relationship between men and women, and a spirituality that links the quest for holiness and a profound sense of the nearness of the love of God—again and again the Celts emerge as…

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Union Family Reunion

October 23 - October 25
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
Montreat Conference Center's Lake Susan in Autumn

You’re invited to join alumni and friends of Union Presbyterian Seminary for a time of reunion, worship, study, fellowship, and dreaming! Please join us for a Union family reunion! Anyone who has connections to the Assembly’s Training School, Union Theological Seminary, the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Union-PSCE, or Union Presbyterian Seminary is part of the Union family. The three day event is a celebration of Union’s rich past, thriving present, and exciting future preparing God’s people to do God’s work. We will honor all the branches of the Union family tree…

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November 2017

Thanksgiving at Montreat

November 20 - November 26
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. Tickets are $30.00 for adults, $15.00 for children ages 5-11, and no charge for children under 5. For overnight accommodations, be sure to check out our special packages below. Please note: When making your reservation online, please enter the…

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January 2018

2018 College Conference at Montreat

January 2, 2018 - January 5, 2018
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
2018 College Conference at Montreat - Home

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…

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March 2018

Progressive Youth Ministry

March 6, 2018 - March 9, 2018
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map

It can be difficult for a youth worker who identifies as “progressive” or “liberal” to find resources and support. Most events, conferences, camps, and curricula cater to evangelicals. But as progressive theology gains more of a foothold in the church, we need a place to gather as well — a tribe to meet with, and new ideas to stoke our imaginations. In 2012, John Vest and Tony Jones, both veteran youth workers, began talking about a conference that would allow progressive…

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April 2018

Trent@Montreat

April 16, 2018 - April 19, 2018
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

“Life changing, ministry changing. Renewed my passion for serving and getting more involved in my community.” Trent@Montreat is back and ready for you in 2018. Come to be inspired and learn helpful ways to deal with some of the most challenging aspects of any ministry. Leave with a network of support, resources, and ideas. Hear more from the planning team about why Trent is important! To see a list of the tracks offered this year, please click on the WORKSHOPS tab…

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“I have a room for a second life”: Journeying by Heart with the Poet Rainer Maria Rilke

April 19, 2018 - April 22, 2018
Montreat Conference Center, 401 Assembly Drive, Montreat, NC 28757 United States + Google Map
Montreat Conference Center

You’re the miracle that happened in the desert for those who’d passed through. Such a claim as this alerts us to the vital embers that glow within the language and imagery of Rilke’s “prayers.” They often draw, as we see in these lines, from ancient stories and traditions—in this case, the account of the exodus from the Hebrew Scriptures. Or is his reference to something closer to us, an experience we know in our own lives? Image, gesture, memory:…

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