May 29, 2020
Dear Friends of Cathedral Ridge,
One of my favorite definitions of call comes from Frederick Buechner in his playful and profound spiritual dictionary Wishful Thinking: A Seeker’s ABC: “The place where God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” I have been praying to find this sweet spot for Cathedral Ridge ever since the coronavirus required us to close the campus in mid-March. Camp and retreat ministry exists to gather people together, so this time of physical distancing has prompted us to discern God’s call in a radically new way.
I first reached out to Teller County to offer our campus to serve public health needs, whether as a field hospital or quarantine facility. Thankfully, that need has not been realized in this part of Colorado. This offer remains open, and I regularly check in with local health officials for updated information. As time wore on and it became apparent that summer camps and large gatherings would not be possible this year, we looked with new eyes at the resources we have to offer. We listened to what people needed. And a new vision began to emerge at the intersection Buechner identifies.
Cathedral Ridge is blessed with three cottages and wide open beautiful spaces. What we have heard from people is their need to feel safe, while also feeling a bit stir-crazy and eager to experience a different setting. So beginning June 1, we are excited to reopen for individuals and families to enjoy our camp and retreat center in a new way.
For those practicing safer-at-home, who also long for a change of scenery, I hope you will consider a retreat at Cathedral Ridge. Located in Woodland Park and surrounded by Pike National Forest, our comfortable cottages and camper sites offer individuals and families refuge on our 150 acre campus. Guests will have exclusive access to our hiking trails, campfire rings, and sports courts. You may bring food, or allow our chef to prepare picnic style or oven ready meals for you. We will limit capacity to six families at a time. Please visit our lodging page or download our flyer to learn more. I would love to see you this summer and fall.
Thank you so much for your prayers, encouragement, and financial support in this difficult season. I am so grateful for your commitment to Cathedral Ridge.