2015 Craigville
Theological Colloquy

Monday July 13th through Friday July 17th

Christianity and Judaism: New Texts, New Contexts, and New Perspectives

Speakers: (see flyer)

The Rev. Peter A. Pettit Ph.D,
, Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding,
Associate Professor of Religion Studies,
Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

Dr. Karla Suomala,
Professor of Religion,
Luther College, Decorah, IA

Rabbi Or Rose,
Director, Center for Global Judaism,
Hebrew College, Newton, MA

Andy Lang,
Executive Director, UCC Coalition for LGBT Concerns


The Craigville Colloquy combines the elements of a theological conference and a spiritual retreat. In a world that’s increasingly hungry for intellectual and spiritual nourishment, the Colloquy offers pastors, teachers, seminarians, and lay people the opportunity to explore pertinent issues in the life of the Church and share strategies for engaging this issue in their home communities, all while taking time to reflect on God’s continuing presence amidst Cape Cod’s natural beauty.

For 30 years, the Colloquy has offered a unique opportunity for pastors, teachers, seminarians and laity to gather for a week in theological conversation and Bible reflection while engaging a subject of importance. Open to members of any denomination, the Colloquy is an experience that feeds the mind and heart: keynote presentations, workshops, small-group conversation and daily Bible reflection help the community explore the subject in depth. In addition, two ecumenical celebrations of Holy Communion, daily Morning Prayer in a meditative style, Taizé Vespers and the use of sacred music inspire with praise and song. Colloquy is also an opportunity to relax with friends and family: afternoons are free time to explore the Cape, take walks through the woods, or while away the hours on Craigville Beach.

The Colloquy, in keeping with its long tradition, provides the opportunity for serious theological reflection along with practical application. There are up to 3 CE units available.

“Clergy and laity from across the Northeast and Midwest come back again and again to Craigville because it’s an experience that combines intellectual inquiry with rest for the body, mind and soul,” says the Rev. Dr. Claudia Demick, former planning committee chair. “It combines the elements of a theological conference, a spiritual retreat, and a summer vacation. In a church that’s increasingly hungry for intellectual and spiritual nourishment, the Colloquy has a lot to offer.”

The colloquy has been held every summer since 1984 at the Craigville Retreat Center – a ministry of the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ. The quiet village includes Victorian cottages, a village green, and the historic Tabernacle, a simple 19th-century meeting house where Colloquy participants will gather for worship, presentations and workshops.

Check out the Colloquy setting at Craigville Retreats:

Craigville Theological Colloquy