Adult Weekends

Adult Weekends at Westminster Woods are for those that need to re-center on God, re-connect with friends new and old, and re-energize for the norms of everyday life. These weekends are filled with stimulating speakers, opportunities to connect with nature, off site exploration, contemplative worship, and rest. Each year we invite different speakers to bring insight into the biblical text and how it connects with the world around us. We look forward to seeing you here at The Woods.

Head Start: A chance to get a jump on slowing down. Come to Women’s Weekend a day early to help prepare you for the restorative work God will provide over the weekend. 

Women’s Weekend • January 11th - 13th, 2019

Men’s Weekend • February 15th - 17th, 2019

Registration is open!

*deluxe housing is closed for Women’s Weekend

Women’s Weekend Speaker:

Rev. linda Lane-Bortell

 The Rev. Linda Lane-Bortell is a graduate of UC Irvine and Princeton Theological Seminary, and is currently a student at San Francisco Theological Seminary pursuing a Doctor of Ministry. Linda has been a minister for 27 years at churches large and small in New Jersey, Illinois, and California. Linda is currently the pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Terra Linda, CA. Linda is married to Tim, a pastor in San Francisco, and they have two children, Amber and Sean. Linda, a past summer camp speaker, loves Westminster Woods and is looking forward to being part of the Women’s Retreat this year.   Fresh Perspective on Paul   Some people today do not understand Paul’s letters or are confused when his words seem arrogant, exclusive, or angry. However, upon further study of Paul’s contexts, his letters are very relevant and inspirational for Christians today. Guided by Eung Chun Park’s  Either Jew or Gentile: Paul’s Unfolding Theology of Inclusivity,  Linda will present a fresh perspective on Paul. Together we will study and reflect on Paul’s contexts and words. No previous Bible study experience necessary. Bring your Bible, your brain, and your divinely bestowed inner wisdom, and together we will ponder a fresh perspective on Paul.

The Rev. Linda Lane-Bortell is a graduate of UC Irvine and Princeton Theological Seminary, and is currently a student at San Francisco Theological Seminary pursuing a Doctor of Ministry. Linda has been a minister for 27 years at churches large and small in New Jersey, Illinois, and California. Linda is currently the pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Terra Linda, CA. Linda is married to Tim, a pastor in San Francisco, and they have two children, Amber and Sean. Linda, a past summer camp speaker, loves Westminster Woods and is looking forward to being part of the Women’s Retreat this year.

Fresh Perspective on Paul

Some people today do not understand Paul’s letters or are confused when his words seem arrogant, exclusive, or angry. However, upon further study of Paul’s contexts, his letters are very relevant and inspirational for Christians today. Guided by Eung Chun Park’s Either Jew or Gentile: Paul’s Unfolding Theology of Inclusivity, Linda will present a fresh perspective on Paul. Together we will study and reflect on Paul’s contexts and words. No previous Bible study experience necessary. Bring your Bible, your brain, and your divinely bestowed inner wisdom, and together we will ponder a fresh perspective on Paul.

Men’s Weekend Speaker:

Garrett Andrew

 Garrett Andrew is the pastor of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Yuba City, California. A born and raised Southern Californian, he worked in African-American churches in the Bay Area and helped to revitalize the then dying First Presbyterian Church in Albany, Georgia, before making his way to Yuba City.  Garrett is married to Melinda, a hospice chaplain he met in seminary. Together they have a 10-year-old son, Langston, and a 7-year-old daughter, Kensington.  An excitable preacher, he shares the ancient scriptures in ways that bring them to life. Garrett loves the sacraments and their mysterious nature of giving life and conveying grace. He spends less time than he would like meditating and praying, hoping to exist in each moment to discover the never-ending love of God that washes all of creation and each creature at all times.  A man of many faults and failures, Garrett believes that God never gives up on us. Instead, Jesus looks past the surface scars of life’s mistakes and pains seeing the love with which we were made, continually calling us to a new way of living.

Garrett Andrew is the pastor of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Yuba City, California. A born and raised Southern Californian, he worked in African-American churches in the Bay Area and helped to revitalize the then dying First Presbyterian Church in Albany, Georgia, before making his way to Yuba City.

Garrett is married to Melinda, a hospice chaplain he met in seminary. Together they have a 10-year-old son, Langston, and a 7-year-old daughter, Kensington.

An excitable preacher, he shares the ancient scriptures in ways that bring them to life. Garrett loves the sacraments and their mysterious nature of giving life and conveying grace. He spends less time than he would like meditating and praying, hoping to exist in each moment to discover the never-ending love of God that washes all of creation and each creature at all times.

A man of many faults and failures, Garrett believes that God never gives up on us. Instead, Jesus looks past the surface scars of life’s mistakes and pains seeing the love with which we were made, continually calling us to a new way of living.