2024 Retired UCC Servants Retreat

Theme: Lessons from Jonah
Dates: October 14 – 16 (Monday – Wednesday, with optional Sunday arrival)
Location: Blowing Rock Conference Center


The dramatic story of Jonah is a critical parable for our time, when traumatic headlines consume us like a whale and hope is hard to find in its belly. Our retreat will point toward (and practice) honesty, creativity, and community for the cultivation of faith in a world of stress.

  • Session 1: Uncertainty & Opportunity
  • Session 2: Preservation & Planning
  • Session 3: Blame & Belonging
  • Session 4: Silence & Struggle
  • Session 5: Judgment & Grace

Biography of presenter:

Rachel Hackenberg is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, working in the National Setting as the publisher for The Pilgrim Press. Rachel is the author of several books, including Writing to God and Denial Is My Spiritual Practice, and a writer for the Daily Devotional. She posts reflections and prayers at rachelhackenberg.com.


Register now by contacting Jared Greer, Reservations Manager at Blowing Rock Conference Center @ jared@brccenter.org or by calling him at (828) 295-7813.

Total cost for an individual — Monday – Wednesday — is $171
Total cost for an individual — Sunday – Wednesday — is $211

Options are available for adding a day before or after event. Indicate to the registrar if you are interested in a shared meal on Sunday evening.

  • Lodging is $70 / room for the first night and $30 for each additional night
  • Cost of Meals… Monday dinner-Wednesday breakfast is $61 per person
  • Conference Facility Fee / $10

When registering, communicate with Jared Greer about the following:

  • Day of arrival and approximate time of arrival for 1 or 2
  • Are you arriving on Sunday and interested in an evening meal at the Conference Center?
  • If you are leaving before Wednesday please let BRCC
  • Do you require a ground floor room or do you have a room preference?
  • Do you have any dietary requirements? Please discuss with Jared Greer who will put you in touch with Linda Smith, Food Service

Directions to Blowing Rock Conference Center

LOCAL DIRECTIONS (Once you have reached Blowing Rock)

Blowing Rock Conference Center is located in the town of Blowing Rock. At the stoplight at the corner of NC Highway 321 Bypass and Possum Hollow Road, (Shoppes on the Parkway
is located at this intersection), turn on to Possum Hollow Road. When you have turned onto Possum Hollow Road:

  • Follow Possum Hollow 0.7 miles to a stop sign.
  • Turn LEFT onto Sunset Drive. Continue 0.2 miles to the stop sign.
  • Turn LEFT onto Goforth Road and continue for approximately .6 miles; you will see the entrance to BRCC just ahead on your right.
  • Turn RIGHT and follow the road to the main parking lot.

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For further information, contact:
Maria Spada: revspada@gmail.com
Joyce Myers-Brown: jmyersbrown@aol.com
C. L. “Curly” Stumb: stumb@boone.net