As an introduction to the Craigville Colloquy experience, watch this ten-minute documentary from our 2010 Colloquy — “Surprised by Grace in Modern Film: Training the Eyes of Faith”.
Every summer since 1984 (except for the Covid period 2020-21) the Craigville Theological Colloquy has met at the Craigville Retreat Center on Cape Cod. The gathering draws pastors, teachers, seminarians and lay leaders for a week of theological conversation and Bible reflection on a subject of importance. Broadly ecumenical, Craigville is a rare opportunity for rest, renewal and inspiration. Located in a secluded 19th-century village overlooking Nantucket Sound, the Colloquy continues a tradition that began in 1872 when Christian churches in New England founded Craigville as a summer revival camp.
The Colloquy is part conference, part retreat, and part vacation. The event begins with an ecumenical celebration of the Eucharist, and each day is framed with meditative services of morning, Bible reflection and night prayer. Taizé Vespers on one night is an opportunity for community singing and personal silence. Vigorous hymn-singing supported by professional musicians is part of our tradition. Afternoons are free to explore Cape Cod or enjoy the famous Craigville Beach or simply rest, read or chat with others.
Craigville is child-friendly, and families often include Craigville in their summer vacation plans. The Craigville Retreat Center is an Open and Affirming* ministry that welcomes all. A Certificate of Continuing Education (CEU) is available for participants.
* “Open and Affirming” is a designation in the United Church of Christ for ministries that are LGBTQ-affirming.
The first colloquy in 1984 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1934 Barmen Theological Declaration, an act of resistance by Protestant pastors in Germany to the Nazi government’s attempts to subvert and control the church. That colloquy explored how the Declaration is relevant to the contemporary church. The Craigville Theological Colloquy is led by a grassroots planning team of clergy and laypeople representing several Christian traditions. Presenters have included Catherine LaCugna (Roman Catholic), David Bentley Hart (Eastern Orthodox), Bishop Dwayne Royster (UCC), Ellen Charry (Episcopal), Mark Swanson (ELCA), Ron Cole-Turner (UCC), Marva Dawn (ELCA), Martin Copenhaver (UCC), Linda Hartke (ELCA), Gabriel Fackre (UCC) and Lee Barrett (UCC) and many others.
Quick Look at Past Topics
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