The Un-Retreat

Ever notice that the richest part of a gathering is sometimes what happens around the program – hanging out “between things?”

Why not make that the retreat?

This year, we’ll have a sort of “un-retreat.” There will be structure, and there will be a leader (see below). But the content and conversation will be determined by those who attend. The program is designed to allow us do and discuss what matters most.





Time to hang out.

Friday, March 8 – Sunday March 10

Kirkridge Retreat Center, Bangor, PA

Cost: $215 (Scholarships available for the asking)

Preparation: Nothing to prepare, except to pack things that you will use for reading, journaling, and any snacks we might want to enjoy.

About the Venue: Kirkridge Retreat Center is located on the beautiful Kittatinny Ridge of eastern Pennsylvania near the Delaware Water Gap and the Pocono Mountains region. There is always ample free time during the retreat for rest, relaxation and hanging out.

Dates and Times: The retreat begins on Friday, March 8 with dinner en-route to the retreat at a restaurant (to be determined – the group will be contacted in advance about logistics). Friday evening concludes with a brief introduction to the weekend, and a movie. The retreat ends with worship on Sunday, March 10. Attendees are welcome to eat lunch at a restaurant en route back home.

Carpool, and departure: We will depart at 5:15 (sharp!) from the church parking lot, and go to dinner at a restaurant en route. (We will update this page, and email participants, the specifics. Anybody know a good restaurant on the way?)

Directions: Click here for directions

Cost and Registration. The cost is $215, which covers all meals, lodging and program. Scholarship help is available upon request, via moneys from the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund. Please use the form below to register for the retreat.

About the retreat leader: Rich McLaughlin is the President of the McLaughlin Community, specializing in experience-based learning, leadership development and teambuilding. He is also a new member of PCOL.

Here is a thought from Rich in preparation for our time together: “Good questions work on us, we don’t work on them.  They are not a project to be completed but a doorway opening onto a greater depth of understanding, action that will take us into being more fully alive.  Acting on what matters is, ultimately, a political stance, one whereby we declare we are accountable for the world around us and we are willing to pursue what we define as important, independent of whether it is in demand, or has market value.”  Peter Block, The Answer to “How” is Yes!


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