All-Church Retreat 2015

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Retreat Details

What to expect:

HOUSING: if you choose to stay in housing coordinated by Central, you will stay in group accommodations with a roommate.  No housing has private bathrooms. All the lodges have comfortable common areas.

FOOD: Three meals will be provided by an outside caterer who has received rave reviews over the years. Breakfasts are shared with folks in your lodge and one lunch is on your own.

What is Montreat like? A town AND a conference center, Montreat, North Carolina, is an idyllic mountain setting in a valley along a lake. The programs will be held in a main gathering hall, while lodging is located nearby. Click here to visit Montreat Conference Center's website (including directions).

CHILDREN and YOUTH: There will be childcare and separate Children’s programming for our younger participants, during the adult program time.  Youth in grades 6 –12 will stay overnight together in the same lodge and engage in a combination of adult and youth specific programming.



Payment is due upon registration, by credit card or check mailed to the church office.

Rates go up on July 1 so that we can plan for housing arrangements. If you register after that date, we cannot guarantee you a spot in church coordinated housing, though private lodging will still be available.

If you need to cancel your reservation before July 1, you will receive a complete refund. If you cancel during the month of July, you will receive a 50% refund. If you cancel after August 1 you will not receive a refund, as we have committed to housing and catering at that point.


Metaphors and the Language of the Soul

Central All-Church Retreat
Labor Day Weekend
Saturday - Monday, September 5 - 7
Montreat, NC

The Bible is full of evocative metaphors about God and humanity, suffering and salvation, exile and deliverance. While these and other metaphors contribute to the artistic quality of biblical literature, they also have a profound capacity for spiritual formation. Especially in the Psalms, metaphors work to stir the theological imagination and give expression to our complex and sometimes conflicted experiences of faith.

In this retreat we will explore together the power of biblical metaphors and how they can shape our language about God, our stories of faith, and our prayers of hope and lament.

Register today and look forward to

  • A rich program time
  • Great food and nourishing fellowship
  • Opportunities to engage in spiritual practice, prayer and meaningful worship
  • Free time to explore beautiful Montreat, Black Mountain, and Asheville.
  • The Annual Barn Dance that brings together young and old.
  • A restful weekend!

If you are considering attending for the first time, you will be invited to attend a newcomers’ orientation and you will have the opportunity to be accompanied throughout the retreat by an experienced retreatant.

Hope to see you there!

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Retreat Facilitator

This year’s retreat facilitator is Ryan Bonfiglio, a Lecturer in Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. Prior to arriving at Columbia he completed his Ph.D. at Emory University in Hebrew Bible (2014) and his M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary (2009). He has served as a campus chaplain through Princeton University's Office of Religious Life (2002-2006) and as a Christian educator in the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta. His research and teaching interests include biblical metaphors, the psalms and prophets, and the relationship between the Bible and ancient Near Eastern art. Ryan is married to Jamie Butcher, the Coordinator of the Lilly Residency Program at CPC. In his free time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his 14-month old son, Leo, cooking, running, and cheering for Philadelphia sports teams.

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We don’t want economic need standing in the way of you participating in this retreat. Let us know if you want to talk about a sliding scale scholarship. Clicking on the button below will open an email addressed to Linda Massengill.  All information will be kept confidential.

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