Voice & Stories: Camp Meetings and the Evangelical Spirit

Thursday, August 19, 2021 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

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To build bridges of understanding, we must take time to listen to the experiences of others. 

Rolling Ridge launched "Voices and Stories" as a new ONLINE series that uses historical education and contemplative listening to open hearts and minds to the events that have shaped American society today.

With summer now upon us, we look at the history of Camp Meetings, often connected with the Second Great Awakening in New England, and consider how the evangelical spirit was born through those gatherings.  In particular we will explore Methodist camp meetings and their impact on Methodism today, including the Wesleyan Covenant Association.

Join us on Thursday, August 19th from 11 am to 1 pm and consider the historic traditions and spirituality born out of John Wesley’s evangelistic fervor to ‘Save as many souls as you can’.

Although there is no fee for this program, your generous donation allows Rolling Ridge to continue our mission and ministry of contemplative spirituality. Thank you. 

Please check out our website for other events in our Voices and Stories series

About the leader(s)

Tom Bentum

Currently serving the United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry, CT, Tom will begin at First United Methodist Church of Stafford Springs, CT on July 1st. Since being ordained in 1992, he has also served churches in Maine and New Hampshire. Before becoming a pastor, Tom served as college campus staff for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for 12 years in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Ohio. Tom graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a BA in History, from Asbury Theological Seminary with an MDiv in 1987, and from Ashland Theological Seminary with a DMin in 1994. Tom is Canadian American but considers Maine his home. He is married to Deneane who has worked as nurse wherever they have lived in their 38 years together. They have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Tom currently serves as a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry, as the vice-president of the New England Wesleyan Covenant Association, and as a member of the board of Good News.

Lawrence Jay

As the Executive Director of Rolling Ridge, Lawrence works in partnership with the staff to ensure that the guest experience at the Ridge is top quality.  He also partners with retreat leaders to provide excellent programming at the Ridge, and is available to speak about the ongoing ministry and historic mission of Rolling Ridge as a place of rest, retreat, and transformation.  A trained spiritual director and ordained American Baptist pastor, he is a graduate of UCLA, Golden Gate Seminary, Franciscan School of Theology, American Baptist Seminary of the West, and the Gateways to God Missional Spiritual Direction Program.  Eco-spirituality is his passion (and was his doctoral dissertation), encouraging everyone to live into the fullness of our connection with nature, God, and all people.