Young Adult Weekend Retreat at Mo-Ranch
Young Adult Weekend is a chance for adults, ages 22-39, to recharge, relax and get away for the weekend. Gather with like-minded young adults at Mo-Ranch for a spiritually renewing weekend filled with thoughtful conversations, recreation, new friends and fun in the beautiful wide-open spaces of the Texas Hill Country.
Movies and ministry—and how it all relates! Keynote speakers, Matt Gaventa and Adam Hearlson, invite you to analyze about the power of film on our theological imaginations. The conversation begins with discussing a variety of movies, but often expands to questions about who the church is—and who it is called to be—in this time and place. Click the leadership tab to learn more about Matt and Adam!
Learn more about Technicolor Jesus here!
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 during the weekend include stand up paddle boarding, archery, vespers, art, late night board games, s’mores and more! Mark your calendars and join us for #YAWMO18
Matt Gaventa, Keynote
Matt Gaventa is a senior pastor at University Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas, co-host of the Technicolor Jesus podcast for the Christian Century and a Victory Rewards cardholder with Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas. Previously, Matt served as pastor to Amherst Presbyterian Church in Amherst, Virginia, and chaplain to nearby Sweet Briar College; he holds degrees from Georgetown University, the University of Iowa and Princeton Theological Seminary. His work has been featured in Working Preacher and on the Day1 Sermon Broadcast, and he is the 2012 recipient of the David H.C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award from Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. His Netflix habits include old episodes of Parks and Recreation, the slow decline of the Marvel universe and documentaries about fonts. He lives in Austin with his wife, Sarah, and their son, Charlie.
Adam Hearlson, Keynote
Adam is a film school dropout who found a second chance serving the church as a minister, writer and scholar. He once saw Leonardo DiCaprio at an after-hours club in London. Leo is short. Adam is tall. He also thinks that movies are magic and that at their best they conjure a mysterium tremendum. He contributes regularly to the Christian Century and is publishing his first book, “The Holy No: Worship as a Subversive Act, early in 2018.” He also teaches practical theology in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Adam is willing to debate endlessly about movie rankings and thinks that the Bad Boys franchise is a treasure and deserves a third movie. He lives outside Philadelphia with his wife Christy and their two boys, Elliot and Eamon.
Cost and Housing
Group lodging in Guest Lodge: $245
Double occupancy hotel room: $285
Single occupancy hotel room: $395
Commuter rate: $140
A $75.00 deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due 45 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 45 days full payment is required at the time of registration.
Full refund minus $75.00 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 30 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 30 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) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport.