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Young Adult Weekend

September 21-23, 2018


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Young Adult Weekend Retreat at Mo-Ranch

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.

2018 theme: Technicolor Jesus

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.

Learn more about Technicolor Jesus here!

Mark your calendars and join us for #YAWMO18

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!

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.

Hotel Housing is available at Pheasant Run for either single or double occupancy.
Group Housing is available at Guest Lodge.
Commuter Rate excludes lodging, includes tuition, lunches and dinners.

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 60 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 60 days full payment is required at the time of registration. Full refund less $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.

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