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Conference’s Annual Men’s Retreat at Pilgrim Firs features Denver pastor

The Pacific Northwest Conference Annual Men’s Retreat will be held Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 at Pilgrim Firs.

The Rev. Todd Smiedendorf, senior minister at Washington Park UCC in Denver Colo., will help participants engage on the theme, “Exploring the Paths to Mature Manhood.”

“No matter where you are on your masculine journey, you are welcome to attend the retreat,” said Rick Russell, who is organizing the event with Michael Phipps and Steve Guy.

The retreat is an opportunity to engage with other men in discussions, worship, song, and reflection on life’s transitions, Rick said. Participants may also come on Thursday, Jan. 29, for the “Day of Silence.”

Todd was ordained at Washington Park UCC in 2001 and returned as senior minister after 10 years of ministry in Forest Grove, Ore., Boulder, Colo., and Laramie, Wyo.  His focus in ministry is on spirituality and social justice, influenced by creation theology and spirituality. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Albion College in 1986, a master’s in exercise science from the University of Arizona in 1988, and a master of divinity from Iliff School of Theology in 1993.

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