ECCC’s Annual Conference is how the organization was founded, and it remains its cornerstone. During this 5-day event, directors, staff, board members, and bishops from Episcopal retreat centers and summer camps gather for the only event that’s just for them: From keynotes and workshops to exhibit hall and wellness opportunities, the entire conference schedule is designed to educate, connect, support, and empower ECCC members.
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A Bishop’s Panel focused on faith formation in camp and conference ministry, in response to the research that Beth Bojorski and Lisa Kimball completed through Virginia Theological Seminary.
The research shows that camps and conference centers desire to be intentional about formation in their summer and year-round programming and culture. And we know that bishops can play a critical role in that effort. Facilitated by Beth Bojorski, the panel and small group discussions will provide insight into the why and how of formation at camp and conference centers and how we might work more seamlessly with dioceses and congregations, including creation care, social justice, and formation, defining and unpacking Episcopal evangelism in the context of camp and retreat ministries, integrating faith formation throughout all aspects of programming and center/camp life.
The Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton, elected bishop of the Diocese of Maryland in 2008, is nationally known for his commitment to non-violence, reconciliation, the environment, and the practice of Centering Prayer. Formerly the Canon Pastor of Washington National Cathedral and Director of the Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage, Bishop Sutton has also served as a college chaplain, parish priest and professor at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. The author of several articles about spiritual practices and preaching, he’s a sought-after guest preacher and a contributor to the book, The Diversity of Centering Prayer.
Bishop Sutton will offer a keynote on racial reconciliation, and the history and context of the work being done in the Diocese of Maryland and at Claggett Center specifically. The diocese passed a resolution at their Diocesan Convention in 2019 that calls for “deep and intentional study on the subject of reparations,” and proposes ways in which the diocese can help shape a better future through ministry programs to lessen the impact of the legacy of slavery.”
Bishop Sutton recently testified in front of Congress in a House Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on Slavery Reparations.
Since 1989, ECCC’s commitment to developing leaders has been core to who we are and what we do. With our members'‘ generous support, each year we raise money to offer scholarships for the Annual Conference, and our other educational events. To expand these efforts, we are excited to announce the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) scholarship program. This program will support continuing education for leaders from historically underrepresented demographics in Christian camping and retreat ministry. In partnership with the Claggett Center and Diocese of Maryland, for 2020, ECCC will offer five full scholarships and 20 partial scholarships (accommodations and meals; the remaining balance will be $200) to the Annual Conference. Apply by November 1.
Wellness opportunities are an essential part of ECCC’s flagship event. Why? Because as retreat center directors, your job is to hold space for others to rest and rejuvenate, and we believe that you need that time and space as well. (We more than believe it; we know that rest, rejuvenation, and, yes, play, are essentials to being more productive and creative.) At the conference, Wellness looks different each day, and can include opportunities for group and individual worship and reflection, physical activity, creative play, or massages.
On Wednesday, Wellness Day, the group will take a field trip to Washington, DC, where a variety of options will be available, including a walking tour, a visit to the National Cathedral, or well-deserved free time, when attendees may choose to find a local restaurant or brewery to enjoy together. Some of the most productive conversations and meaningful connections are built on that Wellness Day field trip, and we promise that you don’t want to miss it!
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Nestled on 268 acres in the rolling hills of Frederick County, Maryland, Claggett Center is a beautiful and accessible center, with accommodations at a range of price points, including single and double rooms in the Christiane Inn, which opened in 2014. Claggett Center is within an hour of Baltimore (BWI), Dulles (IAD), and Reagan (DCA) airports. Shuttle transportation will be offered to/from Baltimore (BWI).