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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 2019. 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.

Maintenance Connection in February

The Maintenance Connection is designed to do just that. This annual event will be held on February 25 - March 1 at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, OR (about 22 miles east of Portland). This unique conference is intended for Camp Directors, Managers, Maintenance Staff, and all those who are responsible for the upkeep and repair of Christian camps and conference centers throughout North America. You can learn more about this event (and register) by checking out the program brochure.


Compass Points Classes in March

Two Compass Points certificate classes will be offered in March at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. You have the option of taking Biblical and Theological Foundations (March 10-13), Program Design and Implementation (March 13-16), or both courses. You can learn more about these programs (and register) by going to the Compass Points website at