January 15-18: Blowing Rock, NC
It is with concern for everyone's well being that we have decided to cancel WYR 2021. We were prayerfully hopeful that the COVID pandemic would subside enough for us to continue with the event and we held off on making this decision as long as possible. On a positive note Alathea has agreed to be our presenter for WYR 2022 and we plan on keeping the theme the same as well. Mark your calendars now for WYR 2022 - January 14 - 17, 2022! We look forward to seeing you then and wish everyone health and happiness.
I Am The Earth
Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’
‘But ask the animals, and they will teach you;
the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of every human being.
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 our relationship with the earth and how God calls for us to care for all creation.
We will explore this theme together through story telling and the music of Alathea as well as small group sessions designed to be hands on experiences.
Speaker and Musicians
We are excited to present Alathea as our speaker and this year's band.
Winners of numerous acoustic music and songwriting awards, the duo Alathea takes stories from their own lives and weaves them into music that’s instantly relatable. Rooted in the Appalachian Mountains, Alathea (Mandee Radford Langley and Cristi Johnson) create and perform original and traditional music in what they call Front-Porch-style, using eclectic instruments, thick modern harmonies and engaging storytelling of life on the road, taking cues from nature, their families, and neighbors along the way. This approach has taken Alathea around the country and across the world playing concerts, festivals and special events. Alathea's recent full-length recording of traditional hymns "His Eye Is On the Sparrow" was selected by Coverfolk as one on the Best Traditional Folk Albums of 2017.
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