Outdoor Ministry 2022-2023

The Outdoor Ministry of the MN Conference UCC offers events for individuals and families of all ages, abilities, and stages of life to experience rest, renewal, and reconnection through a retreat or camp experience. Our goal is to create opportunities for people across the Conference to fall in love with God’s creation, encounter the sacred in the natural world, and experience the deep interconnectedness of nature, human community and one’s own soul.

Each camp or retreat will provide spaces that interrupt the routines of daily life and allow participants to enjoy a balance of rest, play, learning, reflection, connection and solitude.  

Youth 

Fall 2022 Conference Youth Gathering | October 7-9 | Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center, Sandstone, MN  | LEARN MORE & REGISTER

Spring 2023 Youth Gathering |April 28-30, 2023 | Camp Onomia, Onamia
For youth 6th-12th grades. Come to explore the connection between justice work and faith. More info coming soon.

Summer 2023 Middle School Camp | July 5-7, 2023 | Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center, Sandstone
For youth entering 6th grade through 8th grade. Swim, canoe, hike, and meet some birds of prey. Let’s explore the connection of eco-justice and faith while connecting with new friends and eating some great food!

Summer 2023 Youth Trip to Washington, DC | July 21-28, 2023 | LEARN MORE

Adults

Women’s Retreat | September 9-11 | Camp Onomia, Onamia, MN
“Women as Storytellers and Healers” is our theme. Throughout the centuries varying cultures have pushed feminine voices to the margins. Yet hidden deep in Scripture and other texts are stories of the mental and spiritual strength of women who have carried the gauntlet of spiritual wisdom and humanity on their shoulders. Join us for a weekend filled with their stories, as we learn to share our own stories of struggles and joys with the next generation of women and men ready to author the next spiritual chapter in our human evolution. READ MORE

Men’s Wilderness Retreat  | September 9-11 | Camp Amnicon, WI
Spend the weekend hiking through acres of forest, marshland, and Lake Superior shoreline, along with paddling on the lake in a Montreal canoe (with at least 10 participants). Sleep in a bed inside a tent, enjoying the sounds of nature (and some snoring) and feeling the crispness of the air. With a hearty breakfast and morning prayer, the days are set for “nature bathing” and connecting with other participants during lunch and dinner with amazing gourmet food. End the day with meditation around the campfire and soaking in the amazing sky full of stars. READ MORE

Women’s Wilderness Retreat  | September 23-25 | Camp Amnicon, WI 
Join us for a weekend of hiking through wooded hills and marshes and exploring the amazing shore of Lake Superior. With enough participants, there is a chance to paddle on the lake in one of the Montreal canoes or take a leisurely paddle on the Amnicon River that spills into Lake Superior.  READ MORE

Fall Wilderness Meditation | November 6-8 | Luther Crest Bible Camp, Alexandria, MN
Using gentle hikes, meditation, and discussion, participants are encouraged to leave their worries at home and find their soul rhythm in natural spaces and deep conversations. Come to find reconnection for your body, mind, and soul. READ MORE

© Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ | 2022