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Festival of Wisdom and Grace

A CONFERENCE FOR FINDING PURPOSE AND RENEWAL IN THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE

Co-sponsored by The Upper Room

August 5-8, 2019

 

Theme: Deeper Into Discipleship

Registration opening in late October!

About the Conference

Worship |  Workshops | Recreation | Entertainment | Learning

How do we live a life of significance as we age? How do we turn age into an asset as we cultivate spiritual maturity in ourselves and others? Recognizing that the call to go and make disciples is not limited by age, how do we turn age into an asset as we engage in ministry by, with and for those in the second half of life? Join us as a gifted slate of speakers, authors and pastors help us go deeper into discipleship.

Learning Circles

Is there a subject or skill you are passionate about that you would like to share with others? Whether you are a crafter, photographer, dancer, birder, history buff, genealogist, or an “expert” in some other topic, we would like to offer you, as a registered conference attendee, an opportunity to share your wisdom with fellow participants. Participants will sign up to participate in Learning Circles at registration check-in. Lake Junaluska will provide a room or outdoor space, tables and a projector (if necessary). Leaders will need to provide all other materials. Please return your application by July 12, 2019‚Äč. CLICK HERE TO APPLY.

Find Out More

 

REGISTRATION, LODGING AND MEALS QUESTIONS
reservations@lakejunaluska.com
800-222-4930

PROGRAM QUESTIONS
Mitzi Johnson, Director of Programming
mjohnson@lakejunaluska.com
828-454-6716

Conference Leadership

Rev. Dr. Fred Allen at the Festival of Wisdom and Grace at Lake Junaluska

Rev. Dr. Fred Allen (Conference Preacher) 

Rev. Dr. Fred Allen is the national director of SBC21 (Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century) where he assists predominantly Black congregations in becoming effective in mission and ministry by linking successful congregational resource centers with congregations in search of new ideas and revitalization. Dr. Allen is an ordained United Methodist Church (UMC) elder with more than 30 years’ experience as a senior pastor, administrator and church agency executive. He earned degrees from Tennessee State University, Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Mo. and Drew University School of Theology in Madison, N.J. Dr. Allen is married to Christine, a public school teacher, and is the father of four children.

Dr. Richard H Gentzler, Jr. at Lake Junaluska's Festival of Wisdom and Grace

Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr. (Teaching Pastor) 

Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr. (Rick) is the director for ENCORE Ministries, a ministry of the Golden Cross Foundation of the United Methodist Church (UMC) Tennessee Conference. He is the former director of the Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministries for the General Board of Discipleship of the UMC. Dr. Gentzler is author of numerous books and articles on aging, midlife and older adult ministry. His latest book is Aging & Ministry in the 21st Century: An Inquiry Approach

Workshops

Workshops at the Festival of Wisdom & Grace at Lake Junaluska

The focus of this year's Festival of Wisdom & Grace is discipleship, and attendees will explore the theme through a series of workshops, guided by the best and brightest in older adult ministry. 

Discipleship 101 - Dr. Stephen Bryant, Associate General Secretary, Upper Room

From Wildfires to Floods - Missy Buchanan, Best-Selling Author, Speaker, and Advocate for Older Adults

Shaping a Life of Significance For Retirement - R. Jack Hansen, Researcher and Author of Shaping a Life of Significance For Retirement 

Remembering Your Story – Sharing Your Legacy - Hess “Doc” Hall, Director of Older Adult Spiritual Formation Programs, Upper Room

Strengthening the Black Church in the 21st Century - Dr. Fred Allen, Executive Director, Strengthening the Black Church in the 21st Century, Discipleship Ministries 

What the Bible can Teach You About Yourself - Angela Schaffner, Ph. D., Author, Licensed Counseling Psychologist 

Yours are the Hands of Christ - Rev. Dr. James Howell, Author, Theologian and UMC Pastor

Intentional Ministry By, With and for Older Adults - Dr. Richard Gentzler, Jr, Director of ENCORE Ministries in the UMC Tennessee Conference 

READ WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

Festival of Wisdom & Grace Package

Registration opening in late October! Register by June 15 for the early bird rate.

Package Includes:

  • 3 Nights Lodging
  • 3 Dinners
  • 2 Lunches
  • 3 Breakfasts
  • Program, including workshops, entertainment and worship

Call to inquire about program-only options. 

Registration opening in late October!

The Terrace:

  • Early bird (register before June 15, 2019): $308/person
  • Regular pricing: $323/person

Rates are based on four people to a room. Taxes apply.

Lambuth Inn:

  • Early bird (register before June 15, 2019): $281/person
  • Regular pricing: $296/person

Rates are based on four people to a room. Taxes apply.

The Festival of Wisdom and Grace at Lake Junaluska is co-sponsored by The Upper Room

 

 

The Festival of Wisdom and Grace is co-sponsored by the Lake Junaluska Programming Department and The Upper Room.

Top photo by Robert Ludlow