2024 Retreats, Camps & Youth Events

We are delighted to announce the schedule of adult retreats, youth events, and a new summer opportunity for clergy families. Below you will find the information about these events hosted at a number of sites around Minnesota. To help facilitate a more comprehensive and secure registration process, the Conference has implanted a new registration system for overnight events in 2024. Check out CampDoc!

Our Whole Lives

April 12-14, 2024
Camp Eden Wood, Eden Prairie, MN
Register (please note that this event only will not be using the CampDoc system)

Clergy and lay leaders who plan to offer an Our Whole Lives program in their congregations are invited to three days of facilitation training for the OWL secondary curriculum (Grades 7-9, 10-12).

Our Whole Lives, or OWL, is a comprehensive human sexuality curriculum for elementary-age children through older adults, developed by the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association.

  • Commuter Rate (training and meals): $250
  • Double Occupancy Rate (includes training and meals): $350 (includes linens)
  • Single Occupancy Rate (includes training and meals: $450 (linens included)

Participants from UCC congregations will receive a $100 registration discount through a generous subsidy of the Ashley Fund of the Minnesota Conference UCC. To receive this discount at registration, simply click Add Promo Code and then enter UCCDiscount (no space) and $100 will automatically be deducted from whatever option you choose.

For questions about registration, please contact Sandy Kellen. For questions regarding the training or curriculum, please contact Kevin Brown.

Spring 2024 Conference Youth Event: You Belong

April 19–21, 2024
Camp Onomia, Onamia, MN
Rev. Claire Klein, Facilitator

Join your MN Conference youth peers for a weekend exploring “belonging.” Together we’ll reflect on how we as people and we as the church can extend our welcome to others and to ourselves through discussion, worship, play, time in nature, music, and art.

Our facilitator, Rev. Claire M Klein, is a life-long church camp enthusiast. She has led birding retreats, women’s weekends, and family camp experiences through the Minnesota Conference and at Moon Beach Camp in Wisconsin. She is a board-certified music therapist working in hospice and a graduate of United Theological Seminary. She loves going for walks, doing puzzles, reading Harry Potter, and playing board games with her husband Jacob.

Great Lakes & West Central Regional Youth Event

July 17–20, 2024
Augustana College, Rock Island Illinois

Join hundreds youth from United Church of Christ congregations in Minnesota and across the Great Lakes and West Central regions for three days of connection, fun, worship, service, and learning. We are excited to be working with The Many to provide music, worship, and program leadership throughout our time together. The Many is an uncommon, intentionally diverse collective making music for people to sing together about peace and justice and a world where all belong.

The Minnesota Conference UCC will help arrange transportation for any congregations interested in participating and traveling together. Download the flyer here.

Contact Kevin Brown for more information or with any questions.

Clergy Family Retreat: What Do You Mean We Don’t Have to Plan Anything?

August 11-13, 2024
Camp Onomia, Onamia, MN

The Minnesota Conference recognizes the demands that are placed on clergy and their families, as the church takes more time these days. There has been an extra learning curve since the pandemic that includes becoming tech-guru’s, zoom meeting facilitators, and marketing specialists in order to get people back in the pews. It’s exhausting!

So, this year we are excited to offer this Clergy Family Retreat at Camp Onomia, where you can rest and relax. Meals are included with no dishes to wash. No worship planning, no sermon prep, no meetings. Just you and the family swimming, canoeing, playing games, and so much s’more. And, if you like to hike, Kathio State Park is just two miles down the road.

This retreat is for all MN Conference clergy (ordained, licensed, and lay) and their families. Grandchildren are welcome too! Vespers and a short worship will be offered by Rev. Kevin Brown and Rev. Sheri Nelson.

Women’s Retreat: You Are a Story

September 13–15, 2024
Camp Onomia, Onamia, MN
Martha Brunell, Facilator

“Who am I” is a frequent question in our hearts, in our wondering, and in the words we speak. The unfolding story of who we are develops and is reshaped every day. On this weekend retreat we will consider our stories as they are part of the larger story of the earth and the cosmos we belong to. We will playfully explore our connections, our interbeing, and our mutuality. This hands-on and feet-on event will feature practices of SoulCollage® and Forest Therapy walks. Inside and outside we will explore, be surprised, and make new discoveries. Our earth-related time together will be expressive, and embodied. You are invited to bring your whole self to this storied time.

About our Facilitator, Martha Brunell
I dwell at an intersection of transformative possibilities I call Oak Leaf Oasis. There, earth wisdom, contemplative and creative practices, and grief crisscross one another. In that space of intersection, I invite a widening circle of others to slow down, step into a more spacious way of being, and dare to harbor hope. I offer presence, programs, and practices with individuals and groups as a spiritual director, a retreat and workshop leader, and a writer and writing group convener with additional training as a SoulCollage® Facilitator, an Advanced Accredited Labyrinth Facilitator, a Forest Therapy Guide, a Grief Educator, and a Story Sharer.

Fall 2024 Conference Youth Event

October 11–13, 2024
Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center

Details for this fall event will be coming soon, but please be sure to put the dates on your calendar now, as you won’t want to miss it!

A New Registration System

To help facilitate a more comprehensive and secure registration process, the Conference has implanted a new registration system for 2024. We are working with CampDoc to facilitate registration for all overnight events. The new system will allow adult participants and parents to create a user account as they register for events. Once an individual creates a user account, they will be able to access the registration page. This page will list all events currently open, and a user can select one or multiple events to register themselves or their child(ren). Users can also return to the registration page at any time to select additional events.

While it will take several minutes to complete the account set-up and initial registration, return participants should experience a much more efficient registration experience. The system will retain all registration information (personal information, emergency contacts, health information for all youth participants) in a HIPPA compliant database.

CampDoc staff will also be readily available to answer basic registration questions or other system-related questions. Conference staff will be available to answer any questions regarding retreat and programs, host sites, and any accessibility needs or request for accommodation.

We encourage you to visit the CampDoc registration page because early registration discounts are available for most programs. Also, please note the specific registration deadlines and refund dates listed for each event.

To create your account and register for any of our events follow this link.

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