Sharing the Journey with Eugene & Joy Sumner
In the summer of 2017, Joy and I arrived in Seattle after retiring in North Carolina. Soon after settling in, we found UCUCC as our faith community and enjoyed becoming a part of this church. People immediately began to ask us, “Have you heard about Seabeck?”
We were told that the church retreat at Seabeck in July was the best way to meet the people of this church and to become a part of the community. We listened to people talk about their experiences at Seabeck and learned about persons who attend this annual church retreat as children and as adults were continuing to attend every year.
Joy and I signed up and attended the Seabeck church conference in July 2018. We were not disappointed!! The sense of community was profound. We enjoyed getting to know many new friends and to enjoy the community atmosphere. Opportunities for spiritual growth ranged from lectures and group discussions on “white privilege” and racism to a very moving memorial service. We enjoyed observing grandparents and grandchildren, parents and children, and family groups spending quality time together and with the larger church community. We also had opportunities to listening to children sharing their “jokes” during one evening program. The food was great and the opportunity to share three daily meals with the church community was enriching. Opportunities to participate in arts and crafts activities also enabled us to connect with many persons in the church community.
We invite you to join us for Seabeck 2019 during July 7-12. All of the opportunities that are described above and more will be available.
Meet the 2019 Seabeck Program Presenter
Feb 10 in Ostrander Hall after worship
Dr. Mian will be joining us for a preview lecture after worship.
Our featured speaker, Dr. Ali Mian, is a professor of Islamic Studies at Seattle University.
He will present and lead discussions on the topic: Challenging Faith: Spirituality, Ethics, and Social Justice in Contemporary America.