Southern/Southeast ONA Retreat is March 28-30

Join ONA Coalition Executive Director Andy Lang and the Rev. Julie Peeples for a special ONA retreat in the North Carolina mountains. We’ll learn how ONA churches can revive their mission and face new challenges with confidence. The retreat includes Andy’s “ONA 201” workshop and a presentation by Rev. Peeples on “Family Separation, Sanctuary and Immigration.” The event is at the Johns River Valley Camp.

Members of ONA churches in the Southern and Southeast Conferences: consider this opportunity to explore new ways of living into your ONA commitment!

Go to Click on “Your Retreats” to register online, or email for more information. $150 per person. Includes 4 meals and two nights lodging in the Boger Site Lodges.


Thursday, March 28

  • 3:00pm-5:00pm: Arrival and Registration
  • 6:00pm: Supper
  • 7:00pm: Session 1: “Post Marriage Equality: Where Are We Now?”
    (Dialogue centers around the current state of the Open and Affirming movement, its current focus, its successes, challenges and concerns. Participants are encouraged to
    bring perspectives from their unique settings.)
  • 8:30pm: Refreshments and Fellowship

Friday, March 29

  • 8:30am: Breakfast
  • 9:00am: Devotion
  • 10:00am: Session 2: “ONA 201”
    (This discussion revolves around the steps suggested by the Coalition to become “100% Open and Affirming.” Participants are asked to share from their own local covenants and how they are living out of those covenants.)
  • 11:30am: Break (Sub rolls and chips will be available for those who wish to remain on site. Others may go into town to eat lunch. This time is completely yours until supper.)
  • 6:00pm: Supper
  • 7:00pm: Session 3: “Family Separation, Sanctuary and Immigration”
    Rev. Julie Peeples will lead a discussion on the ways in which our ONA churches are uniquely positions to be advocates for those endangered by current immigration policies.
  • 8:30pm: Refreshments and Fellowship

Saturday, March 30

  • 8:30am: Breakfast
  • 9:00am: Devotion
  • 10:30am: Session 4: “Staying Connected and Emboldened”
    (The group considers future events and ways of living in community with one another.)
  • 11:45am Depart