Annual Retreat

Presbyterian College Retreat 2015

Presbyterian College Retreat 2015

The weekend of September 11-13, Presbyterian College students and faculty lived our vision of “being and building hospitable Christian community” while on retreat at Camp CAMMAC on Lake MacDonald in the Laurentians. Inspiring times of worship, delicious food and the gifts of nature provided the means for community building and personal renewal, in preparation for another year of study. As one student affirmed, “it was a good way to start the semester in a welcoming and safe environment.”

The words of another student just beginning her journey into theological education beautifully capture the experience:
“Nestled in the magnificent Laurentian Mountains and serenaded by the lapping waters of Lake MacDonald, I had the privilege of attending the Presbyterian College Fall Retreat as a first time student. It was a time of quiet reflection and repose while also a time of stimulating conversations, powerful encounters and thought-provoking exchanges. The retreat allowed for the making of a strong sense of cohesion and community among students, between themselves, as well as with College staff. This was all the more powerful in light of the multiple and dissimilar backgrounds from which we all came. I experienced the delight of meeting and sharing with like-minded people. But even more, the culmination of the retreat remained the moments spent in worship where again the awe of the majesty of our Lord and of His grace and love was renewed within us.”

Retreat 2015 - jammingAs these words suggest, an important component of building Christian community is to create hospitable spaces for others. This year for the first time, the Presbyterian theological community met simultaneously with the Diocesan Theological College and United Theological College. Although most activities were unique to each respective community, a joint worship service and meals in common reminded us that we have the privilege of being part of the century-old ecumenical Montreal School of Theology. The words of an In-Ministry Year student bear out the sense of building community not only from year to year in our own group, but the significance of doing this in the ecumenical setting that is the reality of Presbyterian College.

As the words of our students testify, Presbyterian College’s Academic Year 2015-16 is off to a good start. What a gift in this sesquicentennial year, as the college launches the first of the next 150 years!