United Christian Ashrams 75th Anniversary Celebration
Following a personal retreat experience in India, missionary E. Stanley Jones recognized the significance and value of a time for alternating discipline and rest, seeking spiritual health and renewal. In response to this awareness, he adapted the ancient ashram retreat approach to be centered in Christian teaching and ecumenical community.
The first Christian Ashram in North America took place in August of 1940 at Saugatuck, Michigan, led by E. Stanley Jones.
During the past 75 years, more than 75,000 people have found new life in Christ, new joy in their spiritual journey, and new depth to their relationships through the ministry of the Christian Ashram movement.
We invite you to celebrate with us as we mark this milestone anniversary with praise and prayer, thanking God for all that He has done through the Christian Ashrams, and all that He intends to do in the days and years ahead!
Celebrating the 75th Anniversary Ashrams
Many volunteers worked diligently to make each 75th Anniversary Ashram a memorable and meaningful spiritual adventure!
While each local Ashram was encouraged to keep their uniqueness, we shared in a common anniversary theme of "JESUS IS LORD!" and a common scripture emphasis of John 15.
The Anniversary Celebration Ashrams, like all Christian Ashrams, were designed for the whole family!
Anniversary Ashram Staff included:
Tom Albin, UCA Exective Director
Paul Gohil, Sat Tal Ashram Director
JT Adkins, Young Adult Ashram Leader
Brittany Gregory, Youth Ashram Intern
Tom Dearduff, Media Intern
Read below for a look at what happened at each Anniversary Ashram...
Redwood Christian Ashram
The multi generational nature of the Christian Ashram is embraced and appreciated. The young offer oomph, renewed points of view, and access into the ministries of tomorrow, while the young-at-heart offer great wisdom, tradition, and experience. From 4 months to 92 years, a century of life was represented, and I welcomed the wisdom and stories of years gone by and throughout the day, over a meal bookended by hymns, in worship around a campfire, or even in the quiet of the night. Read more >>
Texas Christian Ashram
It goes without saying that I witnessed the Kingdom of God in Scottsville. It goes without saying that I loved the week I was able to spend in community with people that took their faith seriously. I am stunned as the United Christian Ashram continues to bless me with inexpressible experiences. I am rejuvenated, my spirit reclaimed for Christ. Jesus is Lord! Read more>>
Minnesota Christian Ashram
The Minnesota Christian Ashram was a safe place for me to
fall upon my knees and tear the shackles of arrogance from
my hands and feet. It helped me surrender my pride and
exposed my desperate need for spiritual transformation,
and offered ways we can reclaim the Christian message,
one act of service at a time. Read more >>
New Brunswick Christian Ashram
I was filled with resounding joy and newfound spiritual contentment at the New Brunswick Christian Ashram. As a small-town Mid-Westerner, I had been taught that church was for the prim and proper; that maybe if you really felt the Holy Spirit you might raise a hand towards the ceiling. But now I have learned that God is larger than our collective understanding and more glorious than all the praises of the world. The contemplative is as much a Christian as the charismatic and vice versa. And diversity must be responded to with love, respect, and appreciation. Read more >>