January 17-20: Blowing Rock, NC
BLOWING ROCK CONFERENCE CENTER'S WINTER YOUTH RETREAT IS A RETREAT FOR UCC YOUTH AND LIKE-MINDED CHURCHES FROM ALL OVER THE SOUTH.
Youth and leaders are invited to come together for a weekend of worship, service, snow, and fun as we take time to build relationships and nurture our faith.
This year's theme and conversations will be focusing on what we as a faith community believe about God's love for us, how we see that love manifest, and what love does and doesn't look like for others.
The theme verse was chosen by our speaker, Alicia Crosby, and her experience as a minister, educator, writer, and all-around creative person will undoubtedly lead to conversations on faith and love that will benefit the youth of Winter Youth Retreat for long after the weekend.
Specific information about the session topics and details will be shared with church leaders in October.
Speaker and Musicians
We are excited to present Alicia Crosby as our speaker and Ocean Elizabeth as this year's band.
Alicia T. Crosby (she/hers) is a justice educator, activist, and (sometimes reluctant) minister whose work addresses the spiritual, systemic, and interpersonal harm people experience. Through her teaching, writing, speaking, consulting, and space curation, Alicia helps individuals, communities, and institutions explore and unpack topics related to identity, inclusivity, journey, and intersectional equity. You can follow her work via aliciatcrosby.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram via @aliciatcrosby.
Nashville-based acoustic-electric duo Ocean Elizabeth has a peerless way of marrying insightful lyrics with memorable melodies. Their songs about the human experience, which are remarkably specific while simultaneously notably universal, easily sink into the souls of their listeners through soaring choruses and often dissonant harmonies. They’ve also proven to be really good at marrying each other. Both starting their musical journeys at a young age, Cameron and Jes crossed paths in Nashville in 2010 and married in 2012.
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