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Student Retreat Details

Student Retreat Details

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Student Retreat on Cultural Engagement

Moving Forward in a Backward World

 

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Join us for a weekend to remember! Packed full of world-class scholarship, new friends, and heart-pounding adventure, we invite you to join us in worshipping God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.

Overview

Hosted by Ratio Christi in conjunction with the National Conference on Christian Apologetics, this is a weekend meant to be both serious and fun.

  • Live and learn together at the retreat center with your peers from campuses around the country.
  • The core of the retreat is your "concentration," a specialized program of study designed to allow for in-depth learning, promote friendships with similarly interested peers, and give you the chance to connect with distinguished faculty throughout the weekend.
  • We know that a long weekend of stimulating conversations and fast-paced sessions can leave you exhausted, so we've included a chance to enjoy God's creation at the US National Whitewater Center on Saturday afternoon!  You'll have the chance to do some whitewater rafting, or, if that's not your thing, participate in a variety of activities that'll keep you on dry land.
  • Join the Ratio Christi staff and guests for a great meal and challenging talks at the annual Ratio Christi Benefit Banquet on Saturday evening.

The retreat package includes all the meals, lodging, training, and activities all for one price. Join us for study and fun!

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Activity

It's not all mind games this weekend. There are real games as well. Enjoy out-door refreshment at the U.S. National Whitewater Center as part of the weekend. We know that a long weekend of brain stimulating conversations and teaching can leave you exhausted and in need of a break. Particularly for those attending the National Apologetics Conference (and we hope you do). So, get out on Saturday and enjoy God's creation. Participate in heart-pounding white water rafting with your fellow students and mentors; Dry land activities such as climbing walls, zip lines, and rope courses are also available for those who do not want to get wet. Transportation will also be provided. Activity FAQs can be found here.

Banquet & Plenary Speakers

Join the Ratio Christi staff and many other guests to hear engaging talks from Dr. Everett Piper and Dr. Carol Swain. Enjoy a great meal, mix with apologists and students from around the country, and hear testimonies by students as we recall what God has done with Ratio Christi and catch a vision for the future of the movement.

Dr. Everett Piper is the fifth president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University and is passionate about providing students with the best opportunities to impact culture, think independently, and build a biblical foundation for their beliefs. He advocates for cultural change from a Christian worldview. His commentary on religion, education, and politics challenges his academic and political peers for what he calls their fallacious Orwellian duplicity of intolerant tolerance. Dr. Piper is the author of Why I Am A Liberal, and Other Conservative Ideas and the viral op-ed, “This is not a Daycare, It’s a University” for which he was interviewed on Fox News’s O’Reilly Factor and Fox & Friends. He serves on a variety of councils relating to Christian leadership and thought, and public policy and has regularly been published or appeared in a wide range of media venues, radio, and television. He received a B.A. from Spring Arbor University, an M.A. from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Dr. Piper and his wife, along with their two sons, have served as OKWU’s First Family since August of 2002. 

Dr. Carol Swain (B.A., Roanoke College; M.A., Virginia Polytechnic & State Univ.; Ph.D., UNC at Chapel Hill; M.S.L, Yale, 2000; member of Phi Beta Kappa) is a Professor of Political Science and Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University. A widely recognized expert on campaign and elections, racial politics, immigration reform, and religious liberty, Dr. Swain has served on the Tennessee Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and  the National Endowment for the Humanities Council and is the founder of the Carol Swain Foundation. Her opinion pieces have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times and USA Today and she is a regular contributor on CNN, BBC, NPR, Fox News, PBS, and ABC among other media. She is the creator and host of “Be the People” television show. www.bethepeopletv.com. She has written seven books including the highly acclaimed book, Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress (Harvard University Press) which received many awards including the 1994 Woodrow Wilson prize for the best book published in the U.S. on government, politics or international affairs and which has been cited in U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Her latest co-authored book, is titled: Who’s Stealing our Kids?: The Hidden Agenda to Secularize Our Children. Rising from a high school dropout and teenage mother to a highly accomplished university professor and public intellectual, Dr. Swain is a dedicated Christian and conservative voice speaking out against identity politics, for uniting under the Judeo-Christian principles of our Founding Fathers, and advocating for a public voice for conservatives who are intimidated to champion an often-unpopular message in today's political and social climate.

Select a Concentration and Mentors

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Each student will choose a "Concentration" to study throughout the entire weekend and will be grouped with mentors who are experts in that area of study. Important: Each group is limited in size and designed to encourage intensive dialog and interaction between top scholars and the students so that each student has the opportunity to dig deeply into a topic and develop relationships with the mentors. Therefore, students will attend lectures within their own concentrations rather than selecting individual lectures across concentrations.

Students will be accepted to Concentrations on a first come, first served basis, so, reserve your spot quickly. If you wish to change concentrations before the retreat please contact carolanderson@ratiochristi.org. Requests to change concentrations can only be accommodated if there is still space in the group.

Audio files of each lecture from each concentration will be made available to ALL STUDENTS after the retreat, so you don't need to worry about missing any of the great speakers. The best of all worlds!

Concentrations:

Note: Specific lecture topics and faculty mentors subject to change.

SX - Sexual Identity

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Availability: Open to all college students, as well as high school juniors and seniors.

RC - Race, Ethnicity, and the Imago Dei (Image of God)

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Availability: Open to all college students, as well as high school juniors and seniors.

GO - Politics, Government, & Economics

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WR - Islam - Worldview Collision

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AR - Beauty and the Arts

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Schedule

Friday, October 14 (Optional)

Students have the option (highly recommended) of attending the National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA) hosted by Southern Evangelical Seminary on Oct.14-15 (Fri. 9 am to Sat. 12 noon). 

Check in will be available at the retreat center by Friday late afternoon or evening. If you need a room on Friday night you can select this option during registration. If you register for the NCCA through Ratio Christi, the price includes the Friday night accommodations.

Saturday, October 15

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7:30 am - 8:30 Continental breakfast provided. You can also purchase breakfast meals at the retreat center cafe.

8:30 am Transportation leaves retreat center for NCCA. 

9:00 am - 11:05 am  Students attend sessions at NCCA

11:05 am - 11:30 am Check In and load onto bus at NCCA

11:30 pm Bus leaves for activity location (transportation details to follow) 

Lunch will be provided for every student on the bus trip

12:00 pm - Welcome at the Whitewater Center

12:30 pm - 3:45 pm Enjoy exciting white water rafting or dry land activities with your fellow students and mentors. 

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm Travel to Retreat Center. Location: Heritage International Ministries Conference Retreat Center. 

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm Shower and Dress

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm Concentration Session #1: Meet with your group and mentors for topical study, talks, and discussion.

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Banquet in Grand Ball Room; Dinner, Keynote Address by Dr. Everett Piper, student testimonies, and more!

9:15 pm until you drop 

Music

Board Game Night. Hang out with new and familiar friends. Rub shoulders with top scholars. Snacks and games, games, games...

Rooms at Retreat Center: Please expect to stay in a room with one other person (two double beds).

Sunday, October 16

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Location: Heritage International Ministries Conference Retreat Center. 

6:30 am - 7:00 am Prayer Time (optional)

7:15 am - 8:30 am Buffet Breakfast & Fellowship

8:30 am - 8:50 am Worship - Band

9:00 am - 10:30 am Concentration Sessions #2 & #3: Meet with your group and mentors for topical study, talks, and discussion.

Coffee Break

10:45 am - 12 noon Plenary Session in Main Ball Room

Coffee Break as determined by faculty

12 noon - 1:30 pm Lunch in Grand Ball Room. Good food and an extended time for personal discussion and fellowship.

1:30 am - 2:30 pm Concentration Session #4

Coffee Break 

2:45 am - 4:00 pm Concentration Session #5: Panel Discussion and Extended Q & A with mentors

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Closing Session in Grand Ball Room

See you next year!

Thank you to the Ohio University student planning committee for their assistance in organizing this exciting event!

Cost

$199 - RC Student Retreat Only

Entire Ratio Christi Student Retreat (Sat. thru Sun.) - College students or high school juniors and seniors. Price includes: Sat. lunch, Sat. afternoon activity at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, evening banquet, Sat. night accommodations, Sun. breakfast & lunch, and all student conference activities and mentoring groups. 

$299 - RC Student Retreat AND NCCA (National Conference on Christian Apologetics)

In addition to previous Retreat items this price Includes two day NCCA conference (all day Fri., Sat. until noon), Friday lunch, hotel accommodations on Friday night, and Saturday lunch. Conference details can be found here http://conference.ses.edu/

What if I don't have that much money?  

We realize that the cost of attending plus travel may be more than students can afford "out of pocket." It is typical for students attending campus ministry retreats to raise financial support to help them attend. This can be a great learning opportunity in fundraising, teamwork, and prayer. We hope your club will plan together on how to get as many Ratio Christi students as possible to the retreat. The student organizing committee for the retreat has put together several Fundraising Tools that can be downloaded at the bottom of this page including a guide, sample fundraising letter, and more. 

Our goal is to get every student that desires to attend to this event! Please contact us if you need additional suggestions or information on how to go about the funding process.

Scholarships may also be available on a limited basis if and when we receive donations toward student scholarships. If you do not have the full financial means to attend even after pursuing fundraising options please contact us with your specific need.

Also, some students who are local to the Charlotte, NC area may wish to save money by not staying at the retreat center on Saturday evening, or by not attending some part of the retreat. However, we want to encourage attendees to participate in everything. If someone wants to opt out of a particular event they can, but the price would not change. We really desire a “community feel” for this weekend which is the primary reason we want to have everyone stay at the same location. It allows for interaction and discussions other than during the formal meeting times. So, even those within commuting distance will stay in the same lodging. The Ratio Christi staff and faculty mentors will also be staying in the same location.

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Sample Student Support Raising Letter

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Student Support Raising Guide

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Sample Student Support Raising Record Form

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