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MPC at Tahoe

June 18th to 23rd, 2017

Registration: Each Sunday in April (except Easter), during Family Hour.

MPC at Tahoe (also known as Family Camp), by the shore of beautiful South Lake Tahoe at the Richardson Resort, is for MPC families, singles and couples. Although a Presbytery tradition since the mid 70’s, this year (June 2017) will be the 40th year that MPC has organized the event at Camp Richardson. For many of us, it is an annual tradition. Many describe the week as a key turning point in feeling more deeply connected to the MPC community. While most people stay for the whole time and enjoy letting the mountain-lake pace sink deep into their bones, some come for just a few days. You are welcome to make the plans that best fit in your schedule. You may camp, or stay in a cabin, RV, or hotel. The great thing about our Camp Richardson location is that all the housing options are in very close proximity to one another, so we are able to maintain the feeling of being there together.

Our speaker this year is the Rev. Aric Clark, presenting the program “Resistance as a Spiritual Discipline.” We are living in a time that calls for peaceful resistance. The urgency of that calling is being discovered by more people than it has in a long time. Please join Rev. Clark in a gathering intended to explore the resistance of what Walter Wink called “the Domination System,” what Paul called “the Powers and Principalities,” what we might simply call “Empire.” Utilizing material from Rick Ufford-Chase’s book “Faithful Resistance: Gospel Visions for the Church in a Time of Empire,” which was edited by Aric and to which he contributed an essay, we will examine everything from the Sanctuary movement, to Ecological Theology, to Black Lives Matter, and more.

Rev. Clark traveled the world doing comparative religious studies for his BA from Long Island University and then attended San Francisco Theological Seminary, where he received his MDiv. He is the co-author of the book “Never Pray Again: Lift Your Head, Unfold Your Hands, and Get to Work” and is an active retreat leader, blogger, and YouTube publisher. He lives in Portland, OR with his wife and two sons. Learn more about Aric at www.aricclark.com, and make sure to register this month and save the week of June 18-24 to come to Tahoe with us!

Frequently Asked Questions

New to MPC at Tahoe? You may wish to start on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Family Camp in Pictures

An album of great photos by Gretchen Garlinghouse is available on our Flickr.

Also check out this cool stop-motion animation created by Maya Alter following Family Camp 2014:

Here’s a slideshow of photos from Family Camp 2015:

And here’s a quick video of our famous watermelon-eating contest:

Rather hear about Family Camp in poetry? Download Margaret Irvin’s Family Camp Poems 2014 (PDF format)

Learning More

One way to learn more about Family Camp is to check out the daily blog Steve McKiernan wrote at Family Camp in 2012.

Feel like singing? Here are the lyrics to “Thank God We’re at Family Camp”, a big hit at a previous Family Camp Talent/No-Talent Show (written by Ann Spedding)