Youth & Faith Formation Events

Spring Middle School Youth Event
May 12-14, 2017 at Pilgrim Point Camp

Being and DoingProgressive Christian Practices and the Ongoing Work for Justice

So much emphasis is placed on our “doing” in the world – our educational pursuits, extracurricular activities, community service projects, and on and on. Far too little time, energy and space is given to discovering and discerning our “being” – our deep gifts, inner longings, and true identity. Conference middle school youth (grades 6-8) and their leaders are invited to a fun weekend retreat of “being” and “doing” at Pilgrim Point Camp in Alexandria, MN. Youth will be invited to explore and experience progressive Christian practices that open spaces for discovering their identity and discerning how they are called to use their true gifts and passions in the ongoing work for justice in the world.

An excellent opportunity for confirmation groups and middle school youth from your church to deepen their faith and connect with others. A great cap to the program year!

Lizann Bassham CYEHelping to guide us through our weekend together will be Rev. Lizann Bassham, a UCC chaplain at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA (a historically Christian seminary now training social activists and faith leaders from various spiritual traditions). She was one of the authors of the “Our Whole Lives” curriculum. She writes for SageWoman Magazine and is a teacher in the Reclaiming Tradition (an earth-based spiritual tradition). Once, quite by accident, she won a salsa dance contest in East L.A.!

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Early Registration by Monday, April 24: $50 youth, $35 adult
Registration after Monday, April 24: $60 youth, $45 adult
Deadline for all registrations is May 8, 2017

When: Friday, May 12 – Sunday, May 14, 2017 | Check-in will begin at 6:30pm
Where: Pilgrim Point Camps & Retreats, 2059 Pilgrim Point Rd NW, Alexandria, MN 56308
Who: Middle School youth (grades 6-8) and their adult leaders

Download the Authorization Form: Youth Form | Adult Form

Questions? Email Zac Norenberg at or call (612) 871-0359.

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Join faith formation leaders of children and youth from the Minnesota Conference UCC
on the 4th Thursday of the month to eat together, share resources and learn fresh ways
to engage our ministries.

As many congregations near the end of their formal program year, how can faith formation leaders invite and equip families to engage in life-giving and soul-renewing practices during the alternative rhythm the summer months afford.  Lori Alford, Pilgrim Point Program Director, will lead an exploration of embodied spiritual practices that families can engage in their day-to-day living.  There will be space for participants to engage in small group table conversations and learn from the collective wisdom of the community.  Please come prepared to share stories about the practices that nurture your soul and practices you have shared within your ministry context.
When: Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 11:30am-1:30pm
Where: Minnesota Church Center, Assembly Rooms, 122 W Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN (directions)
Who: Clergy, staff and volunteer leaders of children, youth and faith formation ministry
Cost: FREE (lunch & resources included!)

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If you have questions or are unable to make a Fourth Thursday, but would like resources shared at the event, please contact Zac at


Our Whole Lives (OWL) Facilitator Trainings
May 19-21, 2017 at Pilgrim Point

Our Whole Lives OWLOur Whole Lives is a sexual education program with resources written by professional sexuality educators that equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information to help them make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. OWL provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but helps participants clarify their values and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. Find out more about OWL.

The Minnesota Conference UCC has established the following OWL Facilitator Training Courses in 2017: 

Elementary Curriculum (Grades K-1 and 4-6)

When: Friday, May 19 at 3:00pm until Sunday, May 21 at 2:00pm
Where: Pilgrim Point Camp, 2059 Pilgrim Point Rd NW, Alexandria, MN (directions)
Cost: $150 (subsidized; includes instruction, room & board; curriculum material not included)
Trainers: Judith Galas and Lori Alford
Deadline to Register: May 8, 2017

Middle School/High School Curriculum (Grades 7-9 and 10-12)

When: Friday, May 19 at 3:00pm until Sunday, May 21 at 2:00pm
Where: Pilgrim Point Camp, 2059 Pilgrim Point Rd NW, Alexandria, MN (directions)
Cost: $150 (subsidized; includes instruction, room & board; curriculum material not included)
Trainers: Laura Haave and Ryan Shriver
Deadline to Register: May 8, 2017

Questions about these OWL Facilitator Trainings? Email Registrar, Zac Norenberg, or call 612. 871. 0359.


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    Spring Middle School CYE

    Spring Middle School Youth Event - "Being & Doing", May 12-14, 2017 at Pilgrim Point Camp. Registration to open in the coming months.

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    Our Whole Lives (OWL) Facilitator Training

    Middle School/High School Curriculum (grades 7-9/10-12) Sign up here: