2022 Class Descriptions
Period A (8:40-10 a.m.)
ADULTS CLASSES A
1) KEYNOTE with Deacon Chris Anderson
See front page for more information.
CHILDREN'S CLASSES A
15) Keynote Infant Care
Rachel Klinger and Kelly Vanderwal
16) Promise A (Pre K-Gr 1)
17) Karing Kids A (Gr 2-4)
18) Horizons (Gr 5-7)
19) Choices (Gr 8-9)
20) Youth and the Church (Gr 10-12)
Period B (10:30-11:45 a.m.)
ADULTS CLASSES B
2) Dialogue with Keynoter
Deacon Chris Anderson
An opportunity for additional exploration of the specific topics presented in the keynote talk through discussion in a small group setting.
3) Part I: TBD (Thursday and Friday) TBD
3) Part II: Christ in the Psalms (Saturday and Sunday)
Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B.
A look at why we as Christians still pray the psalms of the Old Testament, many of which have violent imagery in them. We will see how Christians understand the psalms as the very prayer of Jesus himself and that when they pray them, he prays in them. Their violence is about Jesus' opposition to sin and death.
4) Breathe, Create & Pray
Is it hard for you to pray without your “monkey mind” taking over? Might you pray more easily with visual images? Drawing upon the book, Breath Prayer, an Ancient Practice for the Everyday Sacred, we will begin our times together with a quiet breathing practice followed by the creation of no-fail SoulCollage® Prayer Cards. Afterward, we will explore how these icon-like images can deepen our experience of prayer. No artistic experience is necessary for this quiet, contemplative and creative prayer-time together. All materials provided. $10 fee.
INTERGENERATIONAL CLASSES B
8) The Daily Bluffer
Peter Weber and Jim Schaller
Come help us chronicle Summer Conference! We’ll find and tell the stories of Conference and publish a daily companion to our shared life for these five days. Bring your whimsy, your sense of humor, your curiosity, your storytelling, your artistic talents, and if you want, your camera. All skill levels welcome. Gr. 5 and up.
Come learn the art of mosaics, from design to production to presentation. All supplies provided. Gr. 5 and up. Priority will be given to first-time class participants. Gr. 5 and up. $10 fee.
10) Fun with Fimo Toni Cooper Using polymer clay, we can play with different techniques to make one-of-a-kind beads or objects. We will have supplies to make magnets, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rosaries, and more! Gr. 5 and up. $10 fee.
11) Centering the Body and Mind
Christy & Ryan Kohler
Come learn the basics of Aikido along with practicing core engagement! Aikido is a Japanese martial art often translated as "the way of unifying life energy" or "the way of the harmonious spirit." Join the class to learn this active and artistic discipline. Gr. 5 and up
CHILDREN'S CLASSES B
21) Promise B (Pre K-Gr 1)
22) Karing Kids B (Gr 2-4)
23) Let's Find Some Fun
Come join in a variety of outdoor games! Having fun is the only rule and success is measured on communication, attitude and perseverance. Gr. 5 and up.
Period C (3:30-5 p.m.)
ADULT CLASSES C
5) Be Still and Know Through Writing: Jen Furl
Take some time to write and reflect on your Summer Conference insights and how they may guide you in navigating the joys and sorrows in your current life. Using the keynote address, excerpts from spiritual memoirs, and poetry as inspiration, we will write and share together as a way to be still and know God's presence. Be sure to bring a journal and pen.
6) Observe, Judge, Act: Discerning the Spirit on the Divisive Issue of Racism
Jay Conroy & Bruce Weber
We are called in faith to respond to many social issues. In this class, we’ll explore together the complex, personally challenging, and painfully divisive issue of race and racism. Using the process of “Observe, Judge, Act,” participants will have a chance to reflect on their experience of racial differences, examine briefly the history of race relations, explore different perspectives on racism and discuss possible faith-based responses to racial issues in our own daily walk.
7) Synodality: The Spirit of How We Journey
Together as Church
Pope Francis believes, “It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.” What is synodality? And, how does this impact my life in the Church? The word synod means to "walk with" or "journey together." This class will explore and reflect upon the scriptural and theological foundations of synodality and the current two-year process the church is engaging in called "For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission.
INTERGENERATIONAL CLASSES C
12) Tennis Anyone?
For anyone who wants to try tennis for the first time or wants to improve their tennis skills. This will be a class that involves all participants. Come join us! Bring a racquet if you have one! Gr. 2 and up.
Come learn to fold classic origami designs you can use for gifts, greeting cards, parties, and holiday decorations. We will start with the top 10 designs you can use all year long and there will be a variety of books you can browse to choose your own favorites. Gr. 5 and up. $5 fee.
14) M & M: Massage and Meditation
Come to experience and learn several massage techniques. You will get to practice giving and receiving. Come as an individual or with a partner. We will end each session with a guided meditation. Gr. 8 and up.
CHILDREN'S CLASSES C
24) Cozy Corner
Bring your little—and big ones—to a warm and relatively quiet space toward the end of a busy day to share stories and activities. Bring your favorite books, poems or joke books to share and of course your pillows and blankets! Children under 3 must have a parent/guardian present at all times.
25) Good Krafternoon
Supplies, supplies everywhere! Join the fun! Come cut, build, glue, tape, color, create and play! There will be a wealth of supplies to create whatever your heart desires with a class of friends. Ages 4 and up. $5 fee.
So many choices! Come learn basic cooking skills such as measuring, cutting, and mixing as we explore the kitchen and express our individuality. Kids will enjoy their unique kitchen creations from fresh fruit smoothies to tortilla inventions and more. *Please note if you have gluten intolerance or other dietary restrictions/allergies on the registration form so Peggy can make accommodations in advance. Bring an apron and a smile. Gr. 2 and up. $5 fee.
27) Mechanical Wonders
David and Catherine Otto
Experiment and practice with machines such as levers, pulleys, screws, ramps, pendulums, and more to make them work for you. Create ways to complete projects that you can’t do with just your muscles. Gr. 2 and up. $5 fee.
Antonelli, CSC Fr. Bob: Retired Holy Cross priest; Volunteers in the Archives & Artifacts at the University of Portland; Ph.D. in biblical studies from the University of Strasbourg; Licentiate in Sacred Theology, Gregorian University; M.A., Johns Hopkins University; B.A. The University of Notre Dame.
Barsotti, Beth: Senior Specialist for Faculty and Staff Formation at Gonzaga University; M.Div. University of Notre Dame; B.A. Theology, Seattle University. Currently finishing her Ph.D. in Theology and Education at the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College with a focus on faculty formation in Jesuit higher education.
Barsotti, Tara: Teacher at St. Paul Elementary School in Eugene; has worked with children for over 22 years; has three children and enjoys reading, playing and staying active; University of Portland graduate.
Bastable, Kim: Mom of three amazing kiddos, including one impacted by Angleman Syndrome; loves to travel, ride bikes and speak Spanish!
Breitenstein, Caitlin: Learning specialist at St. Paul Parish School in Eugene.
Buccola, Molly: Spent the first 25 summers of her life at Mount Angel Summer Conference where amongst the vibrant families, she found faith, inspiration, love, and life-long friendships. B.A. Religious Studies and Psychology, Santa Clara University; master's in Catholic Educational Leadership, University of San Francisco.
Campbell, Susie: Retired 28-year women’s head tennis coach at UP and currently the Director of Tennis at The Racquet Club in Portland, Oregon.
Chaves OSF, Sr. Mary Jo: A Franciscan sister and a spiritual director and retreat leader at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Milwaukie; M.A. in Applied Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA; M.A. in Education from Lewis and Clark College in Portland.
Clarke, Don: Director of Campus Ministry at Jesuit High School in Portland and a student of all things Catholic; he loves his job, camping and playing guitar.
Cooper, Toni: Journalism and photography teacher at Marist Catholic High School in Eugene; B.A. Art Education, UO.
DeBruyn, Monica: Multi-media artist and daycare provider at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Oswego. B.A, Fine Arts Graphic Design, University of Illinois.
Driscoll, Abbot Jeremy, OSB: The Abbot at Mount Angel Abbey since 2016 and a Benedictine monk and priest for 49 years; author of a number of books and articles on the liturgy, as well as literature and poetry.
Ferrari, Julie: Assistant Campus Minister, theology teacher and service director at Marist Catholic High School in Eugene.
Furl, Jen: An instructional designer based in Austin, Texas; has been a writing facilitator with Write Around Portland and Free Minds Austin and holds a master's in Folklore from the University of Oregon.
Hambley, Ruth: Transitional kindergarten teacher.
Hjorth, Sadie: Kindergarten teacher in the Portland Public Schools; Bachelor of Ed. in Special Education from Gonzaga University; has taught elementary K-5 and special education K-8 grade since 1999.
Hornburg, Val: A trained SoulCollage® & Labyrinth facilitator and loves offering retreat and creative expression experiences for people of all faiths; in love with all things soul-filled and creative, Val is a spiritual director and workshop facilitator accompanying people on their heart & soul journeys.
Hughes, Chris: Physical therapist for the last 38 years specializing in orthopedics and pelvic health.
Klinger, Rachel: Rachel returns to Summer Conference ready to soothe, rock, change, and entertain your infant so that you can attend the Keynote Address; engineering degree from the University of Virginia; mother of one son.
Kohler, Christy: Physical therapist who grew up coming to Summer Conference and is happy to have the opportunity to return with her husband and two kids; lives in Colorado.
Kohler, Ryan: B.S. in exercise science; M.S. in sports nutrition and working on a B.S. in dietetics; is currently the Sports Performance Manager at CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center in Boulder, Colorado, and has been training in Aikido for the last five years.
Langer, Ellen: Cell biologist and cancer researcher at OHSU; mom of three; basketball coach.
Langer, Jakub: Hand surgeon, soccer dad, outdoor enthusiast, beer brewer.
Otto, Catherine: Retired school teacher; Mount Angel Abbey oblate.
Otto, David: Decades of joyful experience in fooling around and learning from failure-willing to lead others astray in the same process; B.A. Geography, Humboldt State University.
Schaller, Beth: Graduate student in Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago, St. Ignatius parishioner and ministry assistant; mother of three and former high school theology teacher who still dabbles in crafts with kids.
Schaller, Jim: Business owner, who when he is not working, loves going on adventures with his family.
Thompson, Peggy: Retired physical therapist; enjoys working with youth; adult leader for her parish Edge youth program; merit badge counselor for her son's boy scout troop for five years; loves to cook and has taught her two children how to appreciate good homemade food.
Vanderwal, Kelly: Program Manager at Nike with a passion for finding the positive in every situation; loves spending time with family and friends and staying active.
Weber, Bobbie: Brings a lifetime of working with young children including her own grandchildren as well as having graduate degrees in child and human development.
Weber, Bruce: Retired after 42-years as an applied economics professor at Oregon State University; worked in Oregon’s communities promoting civic dialogue on taxes and the social safety net and other public spending.
Weber, Peter: Writer and editor at The Week, an online, weekly news and entertainment magazine; has worked at a financial newswire, Facts on File, and The New York Times Magazine; longtime Conference participant.
Weber, Rachael: Has worked in the field of international education and intercultural training in U.S. higher education for more than 22 years; longtime Conference participant.
Zuelke, Bill: Glass artist working primarily in fused glass, but continues to explore mosaics; loves the interaction between learners and loves watching the creative process.