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Sojourn to Sacredness

Women kayaking together can be a sojourn to sacredness.

A United Methodist Women Retreat for Young Women

Sept. 8 to Sept. 14, 2013

Open to United Methodist women from Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and Washington, D.C., ages 21-35.

Come paddle and hike through Maryland’s Chesapeake region, down Patuxent River to Solomons Island. Together we’ll experience the beauty and complexity of this magnificent piece of God’s creation. While grounding ourselves in biblical study and quiet personal reflection, we’ll explore the ethical and spiritual lessons the people and places along our route have for us. We’ll also engage in a service project and examine the lives the river and bay support as well as climate change and its effects on the region and its peoples. 

For more information and to apply, contact Kathleen Stone at kstone@unitedmethodistwomen.org or 212-682-3633, ext. 3114.

First home to the Piscataway Indians, we’ll be investigating the historical and contemporary connection of indigenous peoples to this land and what it means for us to stand in solidarity with indigenous peoples, many of whom are at the greatest risk from climate change. 


  • A river and its ecology from headwater to outlet.
  • Communities who know this river along the way.
  • Chalk Point, the largest coal-fired power plant in Maryland, where we’ll hear how the nearby African-American community has organized to respond to the plant’s long-term impact on their health.
  • Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant, at risk because of more severe storm surges brought about by climate change.
  • Solomon’s Island, at the mouth of the Chesapeake, where we’ll visit with the local United Methodist Church and “watermen” and their families to learn about environmental threats to their traditional livelihoods and culture.
  • The Patuxent Wildlife Sanctuary and its unparalleled beauty and complexity.
  • The effects of global warming on acidic levels and how this changes a river that has sustained people for more than 6,500 years.
Cost $200*
Spaces available 15

*Scholarships available, upon request.

Note: We will teach you how to paddle, but you must be willing and physically able to paddle a kayak for at least two days as well as sleep in a tent. So that we can be attentive to one another and the beauty of the world around us, this is an unplugged event—meaning any electronic devices (except for cameras) must be left at home. We will have a phone with us in case of emergencies, and you can share the phone number with family members.


  • The Rev. Kathleen Stone, United Methodist Women executive for environmental and economic justice.
  • The Rev. Dottie Yunger, associate pastor, Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C.
  • Fred Tutman, Riverkeeper and CEO, Patuxent Riverkeeper

For more information and to apply, contact Kathleen Stone at kstone@unitedmethodistwomen.org or 212-682-3633, ext. 3114.

This is a program of United Methodist Women from the Office of Environmental and Economic Justice. Its goal is to learn the specific ecological causes and effects of global warming and empower us to be more effective educators and organizers for the sake of the earth and her people.

Last Updated: 04/04/2014

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