“LIGHT ON THE PATH”: A KANUGA GATHERING
CHRISTIAN FORMATION JUNE 2021
by Cookie Cantwell
For many months COVID-19 forced people on unfamiliar pathways & kept many of us apart from one another. It was a time that raised many questions and caused us to ponder and wonder about our lives. Last month eighty-six people gathered in a safe environment at Kanuga Conference Center, in the mountains of North Carolina. These people were given the opportunity to share, to learn and to look towards new possibilities. We gathered in the NC mountains to participate in the Kanuga Christian Formation Gathering 2021. Our focus was "Light on the Path”..... reflecting on the times, places and people where we see Jesus shine into our lives, our ministries and our world. Time was spent together sharing, learning, resting, and exploring new pathways on which we could travel as we teach, guide and experience the amazing opportunities that await us within our Churches, our Dioceses and our World.
The Rev. Jay Sidebotham (Founder & Director of RenewalWorks) was the Keynote Speaker and The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers (the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Canon for Evangelism), was the Conference Chaplain. The Conference Musician was Dent Davidson (Musician and Chaplain for the House of Bishops). Cookie Cantwell, St James Youth Ministries, and Province IV Youth Ministries Coordinator was the Conference Coordinator and St James Parishioners, Jane Rippy, Virginia Callaway, Charlotte Davis and Richard Cantwell were participants. The Conference Workshop Presenters offered new ideas as we move forward with renewed spirits and resounding hope. Our Worship was transformational and sabbath space provided spiritual and physical opportunities to refresh, renew, revive and rest. Participants returned home guided by the Holy Spirit and focused on renewed hope for the future through worship, music, sabbath, friends and our church communities. As we look forward to the joy and hope of new beginnings at St James, let us remember to always look for “Light on the Path”..... The LIGHT of JESUS guiding us and leading us into deeper understandings of God’s Love and Grace.