What’s New

April 22, 2021

Dear Friends,

Happy Easter! The promise and hope of resurrection means more after such a difficult year. I am thankful for our sanctuary ministry that has provided over a hundred individuals and families respite retreats since last June. It’s been a gift to see so many enjoy our campus in a new way, and we will continue to offer cottage hospitality in service to church leader wellness.

I am also thankful that vaccinations allow us to host groups again. A priest who is planning a gathering later this summer commented that the weekend at Cathedral Ridge is integral to their community’s pandemic recovery strategy. Please click here to learn more about our group hospitality this summer and fall.

Like many of you, we are planning how to physically gather safely. Since children and youth will not be vaccinated by summer, Cathedral Ridge will not be hosting traditional weeklong youth camps. But we are excited to offer a series of Family Camp sessions, a chance to unplug and relax with other households.

These Family Camps are long weekend of delicious meals, arts & crafts, hikes, zip line and archery, field games, worship, s’mores and more. Each household stays in a private room in Lupine Lodge. Intergenerational and age-appropriate activities will be offered. Episcopal clergy from all over Colorado will serve as chaplains and lead Sunday’s outdoor Eucharist. Come and join us for a time of rest and renewal.

New Staff

I am excited to introduce Eric Cassida, our new chef. A culinary professional for over 20 years, Eric pleases palates of all ages, with experience running kitchens in camps and restaurants, hotels and professional sports arenas. He enjoys spending time with family, hiking and camping all over Colorado and is looking forward to joining Cathedral Ridge in May.

I am also eager for you to meet Katie Young, who will be our challenge course facilitator this summer. From the Diocese of West Texas, Katie has served in a variety of Episcopal camp settings, most recently as Director of Duncan Park. Youth and adults who enjoy adventure elements like high and low ropes courses, zip lines and giant swings this summer will be in good hands.

We are also finalizing our summer camp counselor team. In early May, look for us to introduce these four fabulous young adults on our social media accounts. If you aren’t already following us, you can find us at #cathedralridgecolorado.

Caring for Creation

One of our core values is caring for creation. We are glad to partner with the Episcopal Church in Colorado in creating a morning prayer service in honor of Earth Day, April 22. We invite you to pray with us as we give thanks to God for our natural world, and recommit ourselves to caring for this amazing gift.

If you are interested in learning more about our natural environment, consider attending our Creation Care Family Camp session July 29-August 1. This weekend’s offerings will feature scientists in different fields opening our eyes to all that our campus can teach us and hands on fun.

Construction Update

If there is a silver lining to our limited hospitality, it is that we can make a mess without having to inconvenience guests. The next time you visit campus, you may notice that Lupine Lodge and Sage Dining Hall have been freshly stained and painted. There is a new entrance onto the campus, directing lodge guests to park behind Lupine Lodge rather than in front. This creates an expansive new gathering space between the lodge and the dining hall that is pedestrian only, with a new ADA concrete pathway connecting the two buildings.

I am so thankful to the dozens of congregations and individuals that made these improvements possible, and I can’t wait for you to enjoy them.

Grace and peace,

Kim+

October 21, 2020

In 2010, the Center at Cathedral Ridge opened to provide a sanctuary and stimulating environment for people to connect and experience transformation through relationship with God and one another. Reflecting on 10 years of mission and ministry in 2020 is bittersweet. But if abstaining from camps and retreats for a time has revealed anything, it is how much we need the connection and transformation that these immersive experiences provide.

We call Cathedral Ridge “the Center” for a couple of reasons. The first is its location, near the geographic heart of Colorado. Cathedral Ridge aspires to be a central gathering place for people across the geographical, political, socio-economical and theological divides. This is a place to come together and proclaim that though we are many and diverse, we are one body in Christ.

“The Center” also points to its purpose and intent, a place apart where we can center ourselves. Cathedral Ridge aspires to be a thin place where people can come away for a while, reconnect with the still small voice of the holy, and remember their primary identity as beloved children of God.

Camp and retreat ministry will look different until it is safe to gather again. Our values of hospitality and connection have evolved to provide wellness and respite opportunities. Cottages and lodge rooms remain open for individuals, families and small groups. Many are experiencing the peace and beauty of campus in a new way amidst the quiet.

 

This is a time of great need in our world. If you are able to make a financial gift to Cathedral Ridge, I humbly ask for your support. Booking revenues will be limited until it is safe for groups to physically gather again. Please give today by mailing a check to Friends of Cathedral Ridge, 1300 Washington St., Denver, CO 80203 or by making a gift online through our Cathedral Ridge Giving Page or through Colorado Gives 2020. Set up a recurring donation and receive a campfire mug as our thanks!

Kim+