What is the Retreat of Our Own?
Some Frequently Asked Questions
The past speakers mostly seem to be professors. Is this an academic conference?
No. We try to bring in speakers who know more about theology than we do and who are well qualified to speak about their topics. We also look for speakers who are engaging and easy to listen to.
They know that this is mostly a lay audience, though, so they tailor their material to that. Material that could be taught in a seminary class is mixed with real-life stories and practical application.
We encourage participants to contribute their own insights as well!
Who comes to this retreat?
A wide variety of people come, and the group is different every time. Participants tend to be from Alberta and over about fifty, though younger people sometimes come and also have a great time. There are some married couples, but many attendees come alone or bring a sibling, parent, or friend.
Generally, most participants are Lutheran, but not all of them are. You will probably enjoy the retreat more if you have some faith background, as there is some worship every day, and the discussion tends to explore issues of faith. However, if you are unchurched but want to learn more, you’re totally welcome to come.
Active and retired clergy sometimes attend and also very welcome! We won’t make you help with worship unless you want to.
How rigid is the schedule?
We try to stick pretty closely to the published schedule so that people know what to expect, but you are welcome to skip any of the scheduled activities if you would prefer to rest, go exploring, visit with a friend, or do something else. All of Saturday afternoon is also free; we suggest possible activities but you may do as you please.
I don’t want to drive to the camp. Could I get a ride with someone else?
Probably yes! There are always quite a few people coming from Calgary and Edmonton. Pamela makes the trip from Saskatoon. Others come from other parts of Alberta. Please contact Joe (see the purple box to the right) if you would like help getting to Kuriakos.
How did the ROOO get started?
In 2004, a small group of Lutheran lay people — prompted by the glory of the mountains in the fall and the excitement of learning new things about our faith — organized a weekend retreat that would combine first-rate speakers on theological topics with plenty of time for enjoying the lake, forming and nurturing friendships, eating together, and participating in worship.