College Student Seminar and Retreat

Dates: 
Jun 29, 2017 to Jul 02, 2017
This weekend retreat aims to encourage college students by offering workshops on current challenges to the Christian worldview, opportunities for small group discussion and prayer, and informal interaction with others who walk a similar path.

2017 PROGRAM

Plenary presentations include:

  • Reclaiming the Possibility of a Christian Imagination
  • My Personal College and Faith Story
  • Embodied Understanding: Learning as Obedience to Christ

Breakouts include:

  • Ethical Issues in Science
  • Global Warming: Crisis or Opportunity?
  • #Notmyking: Anabaptist Living Between Elections
  • The Blessings and Perils of Being an Articulate Intellectual
  • The Heroin Boom: When to Advocate and When Not to

Application is required for the event. Applications will be reviewed in April, May, and June, and applicants will be notified by email after their applications are reviewed.

 

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GENERAL INFORMATION

This weekend event is designed to offer encouragement to college students through workshops on current challenges to the Christian worldview, opportunities for small group discussion and prayer, and informal interaction with others who have chosen college education.

The Seminar (Friday) is a one-day conference devoted to the development of a Christian mind. Speakers present biblical perspectives on the role of identity in the formation of our beliefs and values, the role of ideas in the pursuit of career preparation, and the role of commitment to church community while in a learning environment that often contradicts that commitment. Lectures will be followed by discussion toward a fuller understanding of and integration of these perspectives and principles in the lives of Christian students. Breakout sessions will focus on discipline-specific issues in subjects such as history, literature, education, math, science, and the arts.

The Retreat (Friday evening-Sunday afternoon) is a weekend for young people in college to engage peers and mentors with their questions and struggles. It’s a safe place to discuss and think about college experiences and our Mennonite heritage. Activities include small-group discussions, thought-provoking sessions, panel discussion of issues, organized recreation, and times for relaxing and visiting.  Retreat attendees will be assigned to a small group for the weekend and will meet with their group various times to discuss personal challenges and issues related to their college experiences.

Faith Builders hosts both events at the Castle, a turn-of-the-century mansion built by an oil baron, now turned into a retreat center. The Seminar costs $85 per person, including meals, seminar expenses, and Thursday overnight lodging. The Retreat costs $178 per person, including meals, retreat expenses, and lodging for Friday and Saturday nights. Students registering for both events will receive priority and a 16% discount, for a total cost of $220.

This retreat is limited to 42 participants.