Hendrix, Philander join for campus ministry retreat

COURTESY PHOTO

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Students from the two United Methodist-related colleges in Arkansas, Hendrix College in Conway and Philander Smith College in Little Rock, gathered Sept. 11 at Mount Eagle Retreat Center in Clinton for an overnight retreat. Led by the Rev. J.J. Whitney, interim chaplain at Hendrix, and the Rev. Ronnie Miller-Yow, chaplain at Philander Smith, the 50 students spent Friday night in worship and sharing stories of their spiritual journeys. They also began to discover their spiritual gifts, a process which continued into the next day and included discussion of how they could use their gifts in their lives and work.

“Mount Eagle served as the perfect location for a reflective weekend that helped us discern our callings and find our vocation,” said Ethny Ashcraft, a Hendrix sophomore. “The secluded camp helped all of us take a step back from the fast-paced lives we live at school and focus on ourselves, thinking about how we serve each other and the world as disciples of Christ.”

The retreat concluded on Saturday after a meditation hike and a time of sharing in Holy Communion.