ADULT CLASSES Period A 1) KEYNOTEDeacon Chris AndersonSee front page for more information.
Period 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: Val Hornburg 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.
Period 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:Beth Barsotti 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."
Period 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.
9) Mosaics: Bill Zuelke 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 FimoToni CooperUsing 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
Period C 12) Tennis Anyone?Susie Campbell 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.
13) Origami: Monica DeBruyn 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: Chris Hughes 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 Period A 15) Keynote Infant Care:Rachel Klinger and Kelly Vanderwal 16) Promise A (Pre K-Gr 1):Ruth Hambley 17) Karing Kids A (Gr 2-4):Sadie Hjorth 18) Horizons (Gr 5-7) :TBD 19) Choices (Gr 8-9):Kim Bastable 20) Youth and the Church (Gr 10-12): TBD
Period B 21) Promise B (Pre K-Gr 1): Caitlin Breitenstein 22) Karing Kids B (Gr 2-4): Tara Barsotti
23) Let's Find Some Fun:Jakub Langer 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 24) Cozy Corner: Bobbie Weber 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! All ages welcome—including teens! Children under 2 are welcome with a parent.
25) Good Krafternoon:Beth Schaller 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. 26) Kids-R-Cookin': Peggy Thompson 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.