Young Adult Weekend

September 16-18, 2016


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Gather with like-minded young adults at Mo-Ranch for a spiritually renewing weekend with thoughtful conversations, recreation, new friends and fun.

Young Adult Weekend is a chance for adults ages 22-39 to recharge, relax, and get away for the weekend.

Mark your calendars and join us for #YAWMO16!



Topic:  E-Raced: Talking about race and racism when we’ve been taught to be “colorblind”

When Trayvon Martin’s shooter was acquitted, when Michael Brown’s shooter was not indicted, when Eric Garner’s chokers were not charged with a crime, protestors around the country emerged to declare “Black Lives Matter!” and that we need to discuss race in this country.

But many of us grew up being told to be “colorblind,” and to avoid talking about race altogether. Some will argue that we “make race a problem” by even talking about it.



Keynote Speaker

Keynote discussions will be led by The Rev. Carolyn Helsel, professor of homiletics at Austin Seminary. Carolyn will share her insight on how to help people talk about race and racism in ways that move the conversation further and helps root our dialogue in gratitude for the grace of God.

Click the leadership tab to learn more about Carolyn!



Free Time and Recreation

Saturday afternoon during this weekend retreat will be filled with free time to explore and enjoy the land and waters of Mo-Ranch! Optional recreation activities will include stand up paddle boarding, rappelling from the Mo-Ranch catwalk, vespers, late-night board games, s’mores and more!

Rappelling from Catwalk

Rappelling from Catwalk

Paddle boarding

Paddle boarding




More Information

Download Young Adult Weekend posters for bulletin boards and to share with others. Click the download poster button below.

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Register now, space is limited!



Keynote Speaker

The Rev. Dr. Carolyn Helsel joined the faculty of Austin Seminary in 2015. Prior to her appointment she was a transitional pastor for The Presbyterian Church in Sudbury (Massachusetts). She also served as visiting professor at both the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and Wartburg Theological Seminary. She was a teaching assistant for Professors Tom Long, Teresa Fry Brown, and Luke Timothy Johnson; the title of her dissertation is “The Hermeneutics of Recognition: A Ricoeurian Interpretative Framework for Whites Preaching about Racism.”

Helsel was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and served as associate pastor at John Calvin Presbyterian Church (2005-2007) in San Antonio, Texas. While in Boston, she served on the Synod Work Group on Race for the Synod of the Northeast and on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry for Boston Presbytery.



*Schedule subject to change

Friday, September 16

4:00-6:00 p.m. Registration

6:00 p.m. Dinner

7:00 p.m. Welcome, introduction and opening keynote

9:30 p.m. Vespers

Saturday, September 17

7:30-9:00 a.m. Breakfast at your leisure

9:00 a.m. Morning prayer

9:30 a.m. Keynote continued (breaks)

12:30 p.m. Lunch

2:00 p.m. Free time – optional recreational activities include standup paddle boarding and/or catwalk rappelling

6:00 p.m. BBQ dinner at the river

7:00 p.m. Keynote continued, s’mores

9:30 p.m. Vespers

10:00 p.m. Fellowship, including board games

Sunday, September 18

7:30-9:00 a.m. Breakfast at your leisure, pack up

10:00 a.m. Closing worship





Participants will be housed in either Pheasant Run hotel rooms, or group housing in Guest Lodge.

Cost is all inclusive of housing, meals and conference activities.

Guest Lodge, group housing: $198

Pheasant Run hotel room, single occupancy: $335

Pheasant Run hotel room, double occupancy: $229

Commuter (excludes lodging and breakfast; includes lunch, dinner and tuition): $105

A deposit must accompany your registration. The balance of all fees will be due 60 days prior to the start of the event or upon registration if within 60 days. Full refund less $75 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 10 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 10 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the deposit toward other charges or future deposits.

Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.

What to Bring

Bring a Bible, notebook, flashlight, hair dryer, rain gear. Linens are provided. Bring shoes suitable for Mo-Ranch’s rocky, uneven terrain.


Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2 hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event.

If you are in need of shuttle service to Mo-Ranch, call Kars for Hire in Kerrville at (830) 329-2360 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport (Directions to Mo).


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