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New Year Blessings 2020

Posted on Jan 25, 2020 by

New Year Blessings to You and Yours! We just finished a few seminal days in the life of United Church Camps, Inc. (UCCI)! On January 1st Cedar Valley in West Bend officially became part of the UCCI family. This beautiful retreat center and staff are a welcome addition to our offerings. January 2nd – our […]

Skipping the Waves

Posted on Aug 30, 2019 by

Pilgrim Center hosts a student leadership group from UW-Madison each year at the end of August.  In addition to holding numerous work sessions, their leadership also carves some recreational time during their stay with us.  Last year their recreation was severely limited by a significant weather system resulting in a number of tornados in our […]

Balancing Act

Posted on Jul 6, 2019 by

This week I was able to spend some time with our campers exploring the concepts of balance.  We started our time out on our challenge course working with an exercise called the whale watch.  It is basically a large teeter-totter platform, probably about 12 feet long and about 6 feet wide.  The traditional objective of […]

One Ministry…THREE Sites!

Posted on May 8, 2019 by

United Church Camps, Inc. (UCCI) is very excited to announce Cedar Valley in West Bend as the third Outdoor Ministry Retreat Site in Wisconsin!  Cedar Valley has operated as an Adult Retreat Center since 1986 as part of Cedar Community.  We see this venue and its programs as complimentary to the Youth Retreat venue and […]


Posted on Apr 17, 2019 by

One of the scriptures in the Lectionary readings for this coming Easter Sunday is John 20:1-18.  In this passage Mary Magdalene has returned to the tomb of the crucified Jesus and finds the stone that was blocking the entrance rolled away and the tomb is empty, except for the strips of cloth that Jesus’ body […]

A Force of Nature

Posted on Apr 12, 2019 by

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.  I am of the opinion that […]

Changing Scenery

Posted on Mar 28, 2019 by

This week brought a significant change to Pilgrim Center.  After lengthy discussion, the cabins known as Sheboygan and Fond du Lac were removed along with a large tree that stood beside them.  It is important to acknowledge the tremendous number of campers who began their Pilgrim Center experience with a stay in those cabins and […]

Sacred Stories

Posted on Feb 1, 2019 by

On Saturday, Pilgrim Center had the privilege of hosting a Youth Summit on Gun Violence organized by the Wisconsin Council of Churches.  This was a multi-denominational event in which middle school and high school youth were invited to gather together for an exploration of how their voices and perspectives on gun violence could be effectively […]


Posted on Dec 20, 2018 by

We have reached the final days of Advent once again and we are less than a week away from Christmas Day.  At the beginning of Advent, I invited folks to ponder and envision what kind of awakening God might be stirring within ourselves as we make preparations for Christmas.  With this in mind, I want […]

Crawdad Fishing

Posted on Dec 15, 2018 by

UCCI held its annual Board of Director’s retreat at Moon Beach last weekend and some of the discussion focused on why we do what we do in our ministry.  As part of that discussion it was noted that as humans we have a fundamental connection to the rest of creation, and our sites give us […]