Throughout a year of challenges and change, the beauty and grounding of the natural setting of Woolman Hill have remained a constant. Despite the pandemic, staff have been able to safely offer space for individual and family retreats. Visitors have been frequenting the Sunrise, Woodshop, and Saltbox cabins and the Red House.
In the fall, Woolman Hill—in collaboration with Beacon Hill Friends House and Peter Blood-Patterson—launched a well-received virtual program series called Walking with the Bible; it featured guest presenters Carl Magruder, Adria Gulizia, Colin Saxton, Andrew Wright, Katie Breslin, and Regina Renee Ward.
Following prayerful discernment, the Woolman Hill Board of Directors has been implementing a multi-year strategic plan with guiding principles of sustainability, right relationship, accessibility, and welcome. Last May, the board approved moving forward with major improvements to the main building, increasing accessibility and accommodations while maintaining the homey character of the space. Since then, a working group has been meeting regularly with the architect and contractor; construction began in earnest in January.
Midweek worship has been held consistently—under an apple tree on campus from May through October, and via Zoom in colder months. The weekly gathering continues to be an important source of spiritual connection for regular attenders and occasional guests.
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