Annual Parish Retreat
Featured Speaker: Becca Stevens
In 1997 an Episcopal priest named Becca Stevens opened a home for survivors of trafficking, and addiction. Almost twenty-five years later, that one home has grown into Thistle Farms and includes a residential program that serves as a national model for women’s recovery, and three justice social enterprises that provide jobs to survivors—amounting to $4M in earned income last year. Becca leads important conversations across the country through speaking, advocating, preaching, and writing. She walks the line between pragmatism and poetry in her message that love is the strongest force for change in the world. And we're excited to welcome her and her message of healing love to our Annual Parish Retreat this November.
Our theme is Together to commemorate this special time after a year of quarantine and physical separation. We hope you can join us for this weekend of fellowship, rejuvenation, and prayer!
ACCOMMODATIONS You may request specific cabin mates, roommates, or a single room when you register. For accommodation information, please review the Kanuga website, campus
and the attached Kanuga accommodations spreadsheet.
EARLY BIRD – September 22 deadline and includes a 15% discount. Additionally, all early bird registrations are entered in a raffle to join Rev. Winnie’s table for one of our six meals together.
STANDARD REGISTRATION – October 22 deadline After the early bird deadline of September 22, the last day to register is October 22.
Rates: Includes 2 nights, hotel and sales taxes, all meals (Dinner Friday 11/19 | Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Saturday 11/20 | Breakfast and Lunch Sunday 11/21). Check in at 4PM, check out 10AM.
- Single Occupancy – Inn or Cottage - $298 – early bird $253
- Double Occupancy – Inn or Cottage - $218 – early bird $185
- Double Occupancy – Inn or Cottage - $94 – early bird $80
3 and under free
SCHOLARSHIPS Please contact one of our clergy if you would like information about scholarships.
Refunds: if cancelled by 11/5 (this gives us one week buffer of 11/12’s 7 days from Kanuga)
Covid-19 Sensitivity: The Kanuga Committee is paying close attention to the COVID situation as it changes, and planning for the weekend will continue to take it into account.
Montserrat Miller and Mignon Crawford, Kanuga committee co-chairs
Kate Silvis, Kanuga Communications
Horace Griffin+, Associate Priest
Every year in November, about 300 St. Luke’s members travel to Kanuga, an Episcopal conference center in Hendersonville, North Carolina for a wonderful fall weekend in the Smoky Mountains. While the programs have a spiritual focus, there is lots of recreation and fun led by our clergy, staff, and members of the Parish Weekend Planning Committee. This wonderful time usually takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving Day.
The weekend begins with arrivals Friday afternoon, followed by supper and “Cabin Crawl.” Saturday is full of programs and activities for all ages, although none are mandatory, and Saturday night is the legendary costume dance party. The weekend ends with Holy Eucharist Sunday morning before returning home, sometimes via one of the small nearby towns with a stop for lunch or crafts shopping.
Many parishioners say the parish weekend is their favorite thing about St. Luke’s, and in recent years the registration spots have filled up quickly. Scholarships are available for those who would otherwise be unable to attend.
For more information, contact the Rev. Horace Griffin.