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Campfire Connection

Interested in receiving our monthly email newsletter? Campfire Connection is a great way to stay connected and informed on what’s happening within our OMA family and Ecumenical partners. You will find out about upcoming events, see our featured sites, hear what’s possible using Deering Grants, and more. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please send your email address to Communications Chair, Kaila Russell.


What is OMC?

The Outdoor Ministries Connection is a consortium of mainline denominational camp and retreat associations. The current associations that are participating, but will not be limited to: American Baptist, Episcopal Conference Centers and Camps, Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association, Outdoor Ministry Association of the United Church of Christ, United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries, and the United Church of Canada. Outdoor Ministries Connection provides open space for developing ecumenical relationships and shared perspective while coordinating collaborative efforts among our associations. Bill Bourdon and Kaila Russell sit at this ecumenical table on behalf of OMA-UCC. Check out the “Events” page to find out about their current big project - RelationSHIFT, and get the date on your calendar.

Have You Joined or Renewed Your OMA Membership?

Now is the time to join OMA-UCC for 2018. On top of all the other benefits, Program and Site Members also receive access to special discounts from companies that provide products and services used by our camps and conference centers. If you have not already joined or renewed your membership, you can complete the membership form and mail it today.


Sustainable Pathways in September Focuses on Important Themes

The 2018 Sustainable Pathways event will be held at Calvin Center (Hampton, GA), just 40 minutes from the Atlanta airport. The event on September 9-12 will focus on two important themes: Creation care and diversity. Please check out the program brochure to learn more about this event and register. Sustainable Pathways offers training and equipping events focused on a specific element of camp, conference, and retreat ministry leadership.


Compass Points Classes in October

Two Compass Points certificate classes are scheduled back-to-back for the week of October 14-20. They will be held at Kavanaugh Conference and Retreat Center in Crestwood, KY. The Non-Profit Business Management course will be offered on October 14-17 and Articulating Our Mission, Role, and Value will be held on October 17-20. You can learn more about these courses (and the whole program) at www.compasspointsprogram.org.