Hiking the trails, singing by the campfire, playing games … all childhood camp fun. But this camp is not just for kids — it’s for people of all ages. Make connections, build friendships and experience nature together as a family — with other families — in an environment where diverse religious, spiritual and theological perspectives are welcomed and camp food is not only delicious — there are vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options available.
at Ronora Lodge & Retreat Center in Watervliet, Michigan
July 10-15, 2014
- With programs for children drawing upon the natural environment
- Workshops for adults on spiritual practices
- Multigenerational activities for fun and building friendships
- Communal worship experiences for families and people of all ages
- Variety of accommodations from tent camping to dormitory-style or private rooms in one of the buildings
- Children under age 7 attend FREE with a parent or guardian.
This family camp is being made possible in part by the Fund for Unitarian Universalism and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Elkhart, Indiana
Sharing our Stories
At the center of our lives, at the center of our being, runs a narrative about who we are, where we are from, and where we are hoping to go. From our family of origin, through the many communities with which our lives are interwoven, we are so much more than a collection of stories. And yet in trying to convey who we are, what is important to us, and what we pass on to future generations, sharing our stories becomes at times the only way for us to communicate the complicated and convoluted mystery of our own existence to others. We all love a good story, whether it comes in the form of cinema, print, theater, or conversation. So how do we engage storytelling as a medium for genuine communication and growth?
This years series of keynote workshops at Chalice Sparx UU Family Camp - award-winning songwriter, performer, and lay-preacher Joe Jencks will lead us on a journey of exploration. We will examine various story telling forms and mediums, and look at how we can better tell our own stories and those of others. We will consider story telling as a form of ministry, and parable as a medium for teaching. From Hebrew and Christian scripture to the writings of Joseph Campbell, the art of a good story well told, is foundational in how we convey ideas, values, and aspirations. This summer, take some time to tell your stories, and learn more about how to bring this powerful communication device back into your communities, congregations, and families.
Joe has earned wide recognition for his songs about working people, and for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Joe weaves a diverse web of stories with brilliant musical skill, ensnaring even the most rigid of hearts, inviting them to open. Whether performing at a union conference or folk festival, or at an intimate club or house concert, Joe manages to make any audience feel welcomed, valued, and part of a community.
“The key to the future is people joining in. The music of Joe Jencks captures this essential spirit. Joe is a fantastic singer who carries on the traditions.” -Pete Seeger
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