2020 Washington Island Forum

June 22 - 25, 2020 Washington Island Forum with Kaitlin Curtice
cosponsored by the WI Council of Churches and The Christian Century

“Native: Identity, Belonging and Rediscovering God

Kaitlin Curtice

The Wisconsin Council of Churches is excited to announce that Native American Christian author and speaker, Kaitlin B. Curtice will be the speaker for the 2020 Washington Island Forum.  As an enrolled member of the Potawatomi Nation and someone who has grown up in the Christian faith, Kaitlin writes on the intersection of Indigenous spirituality, faith in everyday life, and the church.

Kaitlin is a prolific writer and has been featured in publications like OnBeing, Religion News Service, USA Today and Sojourners. She has also spoken at places like Why Christian, Evolving Faith, Wild Goose Festival, and The Festival of Faith and Writing. 

About the Washington Island Forum

Ground your commitment to justice in a deeper spirituality, and connect with the message of the scriptures in a more profound way. Enjoy an educational opportunity that allows plenty of room to breathe, reflect, and integrate what you’ve learned.  Washington Island has a slower pace and is family friendly.  Friends, spouses, partners and children are welcome.  

The Forum is cosponsored by the Wisconsin Council of Churches and The Christian Century magazine.  Washington Island is six miles off the tip of Door County Wisconsin. The week begins on Monday afternoon with check-in, welcome and opening picnic at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Daily sessions are grounded in morning prayer, then attend presentations by our speaker at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center. In the afternoon, choose optional discussions or enjoy island recreation. The final day of the Forum begins with a Eucharist, and the closing presentation concludes by noon.

Lodging, meals and recreational opportunities are offered by Island businesses. The best way to explore your options is to visit the Washington Island Chamber of Commerce website.

The Forum is limited to 250 participants. Lodging on the Island fills up quickly. We recommend that you reserve your housing early. Homes and cabins are available for rent through Door Passage Vacation Rental and sites like VRBO, Flipkey and HomeAway.  When you register you’ll gain access to our closed Facebook group where you can coordinate plans with other registrants if you’d like.

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 Thursday.  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 previous 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:  

The $299 fee for the the full Forum is due at time of registration. Your fee includes the opening picnic, daily refreshments, and all organized Forum activities. Additional picnics for guests may be also be purchased for $15. Other meals and lodging are not included and must be arranged separately.

Not able to attend the full Forum? Daily registrations are also available. 

Register online using EventBrite

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