Renewal Conference

June 21, 2015 - June 26, 2015
Hendersonville NC


June 21, 2015 – June 26, 2015


The never-ending bustle of a high-octane workplace. The three-places-at-once gymnastics of the after-school carpool. The siren’s call of the smartphone. Our lives have become inescapably full. The Church has proven that it, too, is not immune to the culture of over-commitment. Believers in search of rest are often met with a list of volunteer opportunities. So what does Christianity have to say to the “weary and heavy laden”? What might it mean to rest in God’s promises?

Explore these questions from a variety of perspectives utilizing the approach that Mockingbird adopts in all its work, which integrates theology with literature, pop culture, psychology, technology, social science and humor.

Join three long-time contributors to Mockingbird: David Zahl, the Rev. Jady Koch from Louisville, KY, and the Rev. Jacob Smith from NYC. The material will be spiritually edifying, emotionally and intellectually engaging, grace-centered, and, Lord willing, quite fun. Of course, given that this is a Kanuga conference, our prayer is that we not only talk about rest, but experience some as well. Join us!

Register online now!

About Mockingbird

Mockingbird was founded in 2007 by a group of friends in NYC who wanted to reach out to young adults who felt they had been “burned by the church.” From the beginning, the friends wanted flexibility to go where their efforts took them rather than pushing an agenda. They discovered that their website, conferences and publications were getting traction—far beyond the young adult targets. Their current mission is to “connect the Christian faith with the realities of daily life.” For more information, please visit

David Zahl

David Zahl is the Director of Mockingbird Ministries and editor-in-chief of the Mockingbird blog. Born in New York City, David graduated from Georgetown University in 2001, with honors in German and history. He then served for five years as a youth minister with FOCUS (Fellowship Of Christians in Universities and Schools) in their New England Boarding Schools region. In 2007 he founded Mockingbird in New York City. David and his wife Cate currently reside in Charlottesville, VA with their two boys, Charlie and Cabell, where David also serves on the staff of Christ Episcopal Church, supervising their ministry to students and young adults. He is a licensed lay preacher in the diocese of Virginia, and his writing has appeared in Christianity Today, Modern Reformation and The Dish. His first book, A Mess of Help, appeared in 2014.

The Rev. Dr. John (Jady) Koch, Jr.

The Rev. Dr. John (Jady) Koch, Jr. is the rector of St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church in Harrods Creek, KY. A graduate of Washington & Lee and Trinity School for Ministry, he completed his doctorate in Systematic Theology at the University of Humboldt in Berlin. His dissertation, soon to be published, explores the connection between the doctrine of justification by faith and the preaching and teaching ministry of the Church. He spent the first five years of his ordained life working in the Church of England’s Diocese in Europe working in Berlin and Austria. He was called as associate to St. Francis in 2012 and became rector in 2014.

The Rev. Jacob Smith

The Rev. Jacob Smith is the priest-in-charge of Calvary-St.George’s in NYC. A cradle Episcopalian, he was educated at the University of Arizona and served as a youth minister before attending Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry. While at Trinity, he helped start an organization called the Green House Forum which provides opportunities for students to learn from church planters from across the country. He began his association with Calvary-St. George’s as curate in 2003 and was named priest-in-charge in 2012 Conference Staff.

About the Staff


Marilyn Dixon has attended the Renewal Conference for the last six years. She is a member of the Cathedral Church of the Advent and previously worked there as Coordinator of Small Groups. She is also a former vestry member and is involved in women’s ministries.  She is married to Jim and they have 2 boys, James (13) and William (11). Her next endeavor is backyard chickens. The Dixons live in Birmingham, AL.


Carleton Ambrose of Birmingham, AL has been attending Renewal Conference for the past eight years. She has been a member of the Cathedral Church of the Advent for nearly 40 years and has previously served on the Vestry, helped with the Lenten Lunch series and various aspects of the contemporary worship service. She has one fur baby named Matthew.


A group of friends from across the Southeast is coming back to Kanuga to share in the worship and fellowship that is the Renewal Conference. The group has played together for over 14 years and is looking forward to leading the praise and worship music.  Some of you are sure to recognize them.

Bring the whole family

As with all Kanuga summer conferences, you can make this week a mountain vacation for the whole family. While parents attend sessions, young people participate in their own programs directed by our carefully selected staff in a safe and fun Christian environment. Programs for young people will begin on Monday, June 22. There is a $100 fee for childcare and youth programs.


Double Occupancy $690 per person $621 early bird rate (Expires February 21)
Includes program, lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities.
Single Occupancy $870 per person $783 early bird rate (Expires February 21)
Includes program, private room lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities. (Based on availability)
Commuter $520 per person $468 early bird rate (Expires February 21)
Includes program, lunches, suppers and use of recreational facilities. Excludes breakfasts and lodging.
Youth (ages 10-18) $295 per person $266 early bird rate (Expires February 21)
Includes lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities.
Child (ages 3-9) $195 per person $176 early bird rate (Expires February 21)
Includes lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities.
Infant/Toddler (Under age 3) FREE
Includes lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities.

There is a $100 infant/toddler fee for those who participate in Kanuga’s optional nursery program during plenary sessions and workshops. Register for nursery care upon arrival; this fee will be added to your final invoice.



Deposit $100 per person
Nonrefundable. Nontransferable. Deposit deducted from total fee.
Balance Due May 21
(To register after this date, please send a check or use a credit card for the full amount.)






Check-in 4-6 p.m. Sunday, June 21
Check-out After breakfast on Friday, June 26






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