Visionary & Advocacy Council Retreat: October 15-17, 2018

ECCC's Visionary & Advocacy Council Program, founded in 2003, is a group of community leaders with a passion for the ministry of retreat centers and summer camps.

Through year-round support and participation at an annual in-person meeting, council members help broaden the goals of the ECCC Board of Directors and provide opportunities that help all Episcopal camps and centers thrive.

Please contact our Director, Bill Slocumb, to join Visionary & Advocacy Council, or RSVP to this year's event.

2018 Retreat Program: Amplifying Diversity

Creating the next version of action plans for two of ECCC's Strategic Plan Goals:

  1. MODEL radical hospitality by training, supporting, and encouraging our centers to offer programs that embrace economic, racial, and identity diversity.
  2. Create pathways to RAISE UP diverse leaders, both at our centers and within our organization.

We are excited to have Heidi J. Kim, Staff Officer for Racial Reconciliation for the Episcopal Church be our speaker! As the Staff Officer for Racial Reconciliation for the Episcopal Church, Heidi J. Kim is responsible for facilitating the establishment and growth of networks in the Church that confront structural issues of racism in society and the church. Her approach is grounded in the church’s mission to “…restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.” She believes that true reconciliation involves lovingly embracing the vast diversity of background, belief, and experience found in the Body of Christ, and finding the resilience to love in the face of difference and conflict. Heidi likes to say that being in right relationship needs to be more important than being right. She is in frequent demand as a preacher, speaker, and facilitator.

Date & Location: This year's retreat will be at Shrine Mont in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, Monday, October 15 through Wednesday, October 17.

Shrine Mont is a conference and retreat center located in Orkney Springs, a community in western Shenandoah County, Virginia, offering historic grounds, a spectacular autumn setting, and abundant hospitality.  

2018 Tentative Schedule

Monday, October 15 

4pm    Arrivals & Check-in
5pm    Welcome Reception
6pm    Supper/Dinner
7pm    Opening Program: Theme Overview, Group Introductions, and Meet Small Groups
9pm    Compline & Social time
2017's GatheringTuesday, October 16

7am         Morning Walk Option
8am         Breakfast  
9am         Program, including Keynote Speaker Presentation
10:30​am  Morning Break
11:00am  Small Group Visioning
12pm       ​Lunch
1:30​pm    Tour of Property
3:30pm    Wellness Time, Including Service Project Option
5:30pm    Reception 
6pm         Dinner
Wednesday, October 17

8am         Breakfast
9am         ECCC Updates: Including Innovative Ministry Presentations 
10:30am  Eucharist
12:00pm  Lunch
1:00​pm    Departure

Please contact our Director, Bill Slocumb, to join Visionary & Advocacy Council, or RSVP to this year's event.