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Faith-based Camps Connect Faith and Fun

Holden brings teaching faculty from around the world for programs

Holden holds candlelight compline.

Over 50 years, Holden Village has been transformed from a copper mining town into “a vibrant place of education, programming and worship rooted in the Lutheran tradition,” said Chuck Hoffman, co-director. Located in the Cascades Mountains above Lake Chelan, Holden welcomes people seeking contemplation and community in the wilderness. Holden offers a summer of diverse programming with teaching faculty from around the globe, engaging guests in conversations on theology, justice, peacemaking, ecology, the arts, music, philosophy, the sciences and more.

Holden also offers summer educational programs for children and youth. Children 11 and under can attend the “Narnia” programs, summer weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Programs for children include nature walks with the village naturalist, time for music, crafts and games. Middle school and high school programs are available in the afternoons and some evenings for youth 12 to 17. Programs aim to increase understanding of the self, the other and place.

This summer more than 80 leaders will lead presentations on cultural and ecological change in East Africa, making worship meaningful, food and climate justice, economics of reconciliation, youth perspectives on faith, Martin Luther King Jr.’s spirituality, agricultural ecosystems, re-forming intercultural relationships, King’s vision in a Donald Trump world, poverty in a land of plenty, reawakening prophetic spirituality, morality and economic life, building shalom in a fragmented world, relationship with indigenous people, and more.

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