Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

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Murray Grove News Update Dec. 2012

Author Avianca Bouchedid, Written Dec 28, 2012

Murray Grove News Update

Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center: The only UU Retreat Center in the Mid-Atlantic Region Open year-round for your UU gatherings and family retreats. UU groups are our priority – please book your 2013 retreats ASAP!  Copies of our 16-minute DVD are now available.

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Supporting Hurricane Sandy Volunteers
Thanks to the CERG Sandy Relief Fund, Murray Grove is offering reduced fee lodging for volunteer groups working on the Jersey Shore.
Open year round, we are  accommodating groups on a space available basis (between the retreats already booked). Contact us for more information.
Call 609-693-5558 for availability.

The Dreaming Mind and Our Collective Journey Toward Wholeness: Intensive Dream Work led by the internationally known Rev. Jeremy Taylor, UU minister and honorary Doctor of Sacred Theology from Starr King School for the Ministry. May 31-June 2, 2013. Co-sponsored by the UU Ocean County Congregation and Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center. Call for more information!

Heritage Week at Murray Grove, July 7-11, 2013 – Workshops conducted by Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Strong, 2010 winner of the Angus H. MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education, and Mr. Barb Greve, Master level Credentialed Religious Educator on Universalist, Unitarian and Unitarian Universalist Religious Education History and General History. Rev. Jude Geiger will be our Minister of the Week. Attendance at Heritage Week will qualify as a structured learning experience for the “Philosophy of RE – UU” competency, and as a significant structured learning experience for the credentialed level. In your free time, rest and relax, and have fun at Murray Grove! Walk the labyrinth, enjoy the pool party, sing around the fire pit, go to local beaches, lakes and creeks, walk the nature trail, play games and enjoy arts and crafts. Call for information or to register.
“I very enthusiastically recommend Heritage Week at Murray Grove. When I was in Portland in  2009 for RE Leadership School, Liz Strong introduced her history of Universalist and Unitarian religious education. Liz has a way of bringing life to history, her extensive research is fascinating, and her passion for our faith and its roots are contagious. We’ll never know why we’re here unless we know from whence we came.” John Cavallero, DRE at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester and past president of LREDA (Liberal Religious Educators Association) of the Metro NY District

Drum and Dance Fest – July 19-21, 2013: Express yourself creatively and spiritually! All levels welcome! LEARN Afro-Brazilian, Latin and West African Drumming African, Belly and Hoop Dancing, plus Drum/Dance Jams, Facilitator Performances. Drum around our fire circle. Come for the whole weekend, or day-pass.

Camping in the Grove! August 4-8, 2013: 5 days of fun-filled summer adventure for UU children and their friends in 3rd through 6th grade. If you love games, art, swimming, music, nature and bonfires, our camping experience, where Universalism traditionally began, is just for you! Register now!

For information:
Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center
PO Box 246, Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734