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PNC Men’s Retreat plans to be held in person

PNC-UCC Men’s Retreat at Pilgrim Firs Camp and Conference Center will be the weekend of Jan. 28 to 30, 2022, with an optional Silent Retreat on Thursday, Jan. 27.

Pilgrim Firs has set up an outdoor dining area on the patio.  Photo courtesy of Pilgrim Firs


Although last year‘s zoom retreat was a success, the Conference Men’s Retreat Planning Committee missed being together. So this year, they are planning an in-person retreat.

The topic is “Gratitude and Practices to Enhance Gratefulness.” Sessions will draw from the book, Grateful: the Transformative Power of Giving Thanks by Diana Butler Bass.

The retreat begins with Friday dinner and goes through Sunday breakfast with lodging for two nights and five meals.

“These are difficult times for many of us, so discounted pricing is available on request,” said Rick Russell of the Planning Committee.

The committee has been wrestling with how to make the retreat as safe as possible. While unable to guarantee a risk-free retreat, organizers set guidelines and ask that: 1) Participants must be vaccinated and, if eligible, have a booster. 2) Everyone is masked except when eating, which may be outside in a covered area with patio heaters. 3) No more than two stay in a room, unless they are in a “bubble.” 4) Singing is a major part of retreats, but it may not be possible to sing as a group. There will be music and humming.

“There is next year, so those uncomfortable with the risk should not come,” said Rick. “Pilgrim Firs has poor Wi-Fi connectivity so we are unable to offer an online option.”

He said the retreat must comply with state, local and conference center guidelines, which may change before the retreat, so updates will be sent. 

Other members of the Conference Men’s Retreat Planning Committee are Charlie Torres, Don Jenkins, Hans Dankers, Jim Gaudino, Larry Kiriluk, and Paul Withington.

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