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Pecometh Notes

Renewal for Clergy at Voice of the Heart Retreat

Posted by Rev. Sally Dolch on Tue, Feb 09, 2016 @ 13:02 PM

Clergy Colleagues – Recently, I was reading in Lasting Impact  (Carey Nieuwhof) about ten healthy options for self-care. They really hit home because they are making a difference in my life and ministry!

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Topics: Faith Formation

Pecometh Launches the Center for Clergy Excellence

Posted by Jack Shitama on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 @ 11:10 AM

The Riverview Retreat Center is a beautiful facility. But, it’s just a facility. What matters is what happens there. In 2015, we established the Center for Clergy Excellence (CCE) at Pecometh with the mission to develop principled Christian leaders for the church and the world.

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Topics: Thriving Churches, Faith Formation, Transforming the World

New Things in Store for the 2015 Re:View Confirmation Retreat

Posted by Megan Shitama Weston on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 @ 16:02 PM

The Re:View Confirmation Retreat has grown over the years from a couple dozen participants in 2012 to 60 youth and 15 adults last year.

This year we've got a few changes in store so that we can keep providing an engaging and enriching group retreat for small confirmation classes. 

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Topics: Faith Formation, Retreats

Pastor Asher's Best Week Ever!

Posted by Megan Shitama Weston on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 @ 15:02 PM

Our SLCs (Spiritual Life Coordinators) volunteer to lead Bible studies and worship during for a week at Camp Pecometh. Rev. Asher Tunik was a somewhat reluctant volunteer, but it ended up being the best week ever!

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Topics: Camp, Transforming the World, Faith Formation

The Keys to Confirmation: Scripture, Tradition, Experience and Reason

Posted by Megan Shitama Weston on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 @ 14:01 PM


One of the goals of a United Methodist confirmation program is to help students understand our Wesleyan theology. Sometimes we struggling to teach theology in an engaging way, but I believe one of our Wesleyan ideas - the Quadrilateral - can be one of our greatest strengths in teaching students. 

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Topics: Faith Formation, Retreats

This Methodist idea could transform confirmation... and the world.

Posted by Megan Shitama Weston on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 @ 13:01 PM

II have a hunch that has been developing for about a year. It started when I was teaching confirmation last year, and began to take shape as all of those trend pieces and blogs were flying around about Millennials and the Church. I suspect that the Methodist tradition has a few ideas that would really make a difference in the faith formation of Millennials… if we can dust them off and present them in the right way. In particular, I think one of these ideas could be particularly helpful in Confirmation. But you’ll have to read on to see what it is…

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Topics: Faith Formation, Retreats

Four Ways Running Is Like the Spiritual Disciplines

Posted by Jack Shitama on Tue, Oct 01, 2013 @ 16:10 PM

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us…

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Topics: Faith Formation, Spiritual Health

A Lifetime at Pecometh: Charles Adams

Posted by Megan Shitama Weston on Fri, Sep 06, 2013 @ 15:09 PM

I first came to Camp Pecometh with Dr. James Hardcastle in 1980 for the annual United Methodist Men’s Retreat. I haven’t missed a UMM Retreat since.

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Topics: Transforming the World, Outdoor Classroom, Faith Formation, Retreats

Can Christians do yoga?

Posted by Megan Shitama Weston on Thu, May 02, 2013 @ 13:05 PM

For a lot of people, yoga is a little scary.  I suspect that many people wonder “Can Christians do yoga? Can I do yoga? Is there such a thing as Christian yoga?”  

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Topics: Faith Formation, Retreats, Spiritual Health

Practicing Silence a Few Minutes at a Time

Posted by Megan Shitama Weston on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 @ 14:01 PM

When I tell people about our upcoming Silent Day at Pecometh, people often say "A whole day of silence? That sounds hard!"  

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Topics: Faith Formation, Retreats

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