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We had a wonderful time on retreat with the confirmation class to the ARC Retreat Center, a residential spiritual community in central Minnesota’s pine woods. Carl, Jane, and I were all proud of our students’ interest in and openness toward communal living. The resident staff were impressed as well. Together, we:
– helped prepare our yummy meals in the kitchen
– watched and discussed the classic coming-of-age movie Stand By Me
– helped ARC staff move wood for the furnace that heats the lodge
– shared a Bible study on Genesis 32:22-32
– participated in 10- and 20-minute silent prayer (!)
– played games in the snow
– shared worship and Communion together
Here are some of the students’ reactions to the experience:
I am hard pressed to think of the thing that I like most about ARC, but I think my favorite aspect is the fact that the whole place is heated by water.
The thing I liked most here is the kitty, Joey, that lives in the wood place.
At ARC, I had fun and a great time.
I liked how everyone here is always really nice and it’s really cozy.
I loved how everyone participated in everything. The sense of community and equality was great.
I had a marvelous time. We played many fun games and also learned about ourselves and our faith. Given the opportunity, I would come back to ARC in a heartbeat. It was great to take a break from the world and relax. I think I’m speaking for everyone when I say I can’t wait to come back!
It was so fun. I want to come every month.
Wow! Good stuff. Thanks, everyone, for a lovely time together.