2019 Washington Island Forum

June 24 - 28, 2019 Washington Island Forum with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
cosponsored by the WI Council of Churches and The Christian Century
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“A Revolution of Values: The Bible, the Poor, & a Moral Imagination for Faith in Our Common Life”

Presenter: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a celebrated spiritual author and sought-after speaker. He is a graduate of Eastern University and Duke Divinity School. In 2003, Jonathan and his wife Leah founded the Rutba House, a house of hospitality where the formerly homeless are welcomed into a community that eats, prays, and shares life together. Jonathan directs the School for Conversion, an organization that has grown out of the life of Rutba House to pursue beloved community with kids in their neighborhood, through classes in North Carolina prisons, and in community-based education around the country. He is also an Associate Minister at the historically black St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church.

A native of rural North Carolina, evangelical minister Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove tries to live by what he believes to be the Bible’s essential message: Love your neighbors. Take care of the poor. Be with those who are suffering. He has been active in fighting the death penalty, supporting undocumented farmworkers, and advocating for the homeless. In 2013 he joined other local ministers in protesting an ordinance that restricted panhandling in Durham, North Carolina. But Wilson-Hartgrove is perhaps best known for his collaboration with Rev. William Barber. Along with other clergy and social-justice activists, Wilson-Hartgrove helped Barber organize a series of protests called Moral Mondays in North Carolina’s capital, Raleigh, following the state legislature’s sharp turn to the right in 2011. His recent book, Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion gets to the heart of this nation’s original sin of racism.

Watch a video of Jonathan talk about Race, Religion & Resistance

Forum Setting: Are you a lay leader or pastor who seeks to ground your commitment to justice in a deeper spirituality, and connect with the message of the scriptures in a more profound way? Are you looking for an educational opportunity that allows plenty of room to breathe, reflect, and integrate what you’ve learned? The Washington Island Forum experience is what you’re looking for.

The Forum is cosponsored by the Wisconsin Council of Churches and The Christian Century magazine. Enjoy worship, workshops, discussion, and contemplation in an ecumenical retreat setting on Washington Island, just six miles off the tip of Door County Wisconsin. The week begins on Monday afternoon with a welcome and opening picnic. Tuesday through Thursday, ground yourself in morning prayer, then attend presentations by our speaker. In the afternoon, choose optional discussions or island recreation. Friday begins with a Eucharist, features a final presentation, and concludes by noon.

Lodging, meals and recreational opportunities are offered by numerous Island establishments. More information can be found at the Washington Island Chamber of Commerce website. Homes and cabins are available for rent through Door Passage Vacation Rental and sites like VRBO, Flipkey and HomeAway.

Registrants will receive a packet of information in May 2019 containing an Island brochure, draft Forum schedule, a ferry schedule and other helpful information. The Forum is limited to 250 participants. Lodging on the Island fills up quickly. We recommend that you reserve your housing early, and inquire about refunds should your plans change! For a video of Washington Island, watch this Discover Wisconsin episode or a YouTube video.

For those traveling by air, the closest larger commercial airport is Austin Straubel Airport in Green Bay.  If flying, we recommend that the flight arrive in Green Bay no later than 1:00pm on Monday or leave before 5:00 on Friday.  It is approximately a two and a half hour drive (including the ferry ride) from Green Bay to Washington Island.  If you prefer the General Mitchell Airport in Milwaukee, the travel time to the Island ferry is about three and a half hours. Be sure to check the ferry schedule and plan accordingly.


Comments from 2018 Washington Island Forum participants:

I love the Forum and how the depth of the presentations
are matched by the space given for a real retreat experience.

The worship sessions were very, very meaningful.
Thank you! It was really a wonderful week.

So glad I finally made it to a Forum! Thank you!
Very good presentations… useful / applicable to my role as teacher and preacher.


How to Register:  We hope you’ll join us for the 2019 Washington Island Forum, to reflect together with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove on A Moral Imagination for Faith In Our Common Life.

The $299 fee for the Forum is due at time of registration. Your fee includes the opening picnic and daily refreshments. Additional picnics for guests may be purchased in May 2019. Other meals and lodging are not included and must be arranged separately. A refund is available with a cancellation fee of $25 if you cancel by May 1, 2019. After May 1, there is a cancellation fee of $100.

We offer two easy ways to reserve your spot:

1) Download a brochure with a registration form to mail in and pay with a check.

2)  Register online with PayPal or Credit Card.  Complete the form below and click send. You’ll be taken to a page which offers you the option to pay with PayPal or a credit card.

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