July 21-23, 2017
retreat information and schedule
We're looking forward to hosting you in Rose City! Portland is famous for more than hipsters reliving the '90s: We have craft beer, local coffee roasters, rose gardens, gorgeous forests, and one of the nation's best independent bookstores. Our retreat is only two days, but if you have the time, considering staying on to tour one of the Northwest's true gems. Scroll below to see a schedule of events, or click the button to go directly to the registration page.
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Friday Night: Mixer
7 to 10 p.m.
Check in to your hotel, shower off the airplane grime, spray on your Drakkar Noir, and slip into your best summer duds. We're kicking off the weekend with a swanky mixer at the beautiful home of Tom Stutzman in NE Portland. There will be both drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres included in your ticket.
Saturday Morning: Service Project
9 a.m. to noon
Service is a tradition at GenEdge events, and we're working out the details for this year. With the size of the group, we may even split into two separate service projects. Either way, the projects will run from about 9 a.m. to noon. Bring old clothes for this and stay tuned for details!
Saturday Afternoon: Various Excursions
12:30 to 5:30 p.m.
There's so much to do in Portland, but you gotta choose. We've planned six different excursions, each led by Portland locals. Options range from day hikes to beer crawls to contemplative spirituality. Read the options, then pick your poison on the registration page.
Saturday Night: BBQ, games & outdoor movie
6 to 11 p.m.
Matty and Will are the gay Christian godfathers of Portland, and they know how to throw a party. They'll be hosts of the weekend's main event at their home in Milwaukie: a big summer BBQ with food, drinks, and games, culminating in an outdoor movie once it gets dark enough. Your ticket for the event is all-inclusive!
Sunday morning: Various church options
9:30-ish to 11 or so a.m.
We want the weekend to be fun, but we also want to create space for worship, especially for those who may lack church homes. Portland has many great church options, both affirming and non-affirming. We're listing a few LGBTQ-friendly options based on your location and faith tradition. We hope you'll try one.
Ready to join? Then be sure to...
After church: Brunch
11:30-ish a.m. to 1-ish p.m.
Join up for a final brunch before the weekend officially ends. Church times and locations will vary, so we're choosing a centrally located spot with counter service so folks can drift in and out as they're able. We'll meet up a TILT Burger in the Pearl District, known for their epic gravy-laden biscuits sandwiches. (I'm sure they have something without meat.)
Getting around town
When you arrive at PDX airport, you can hop on the MAX light rail outside baggage claim and take it straight to Downtown. The city center is easy to navigate with MAX, buses, and the street car. We recommend downloading two apps in advance for public transit: TriMet to buy tickets and Transit to track timetables and help you get around.
What to wear
Portland is a casual city, and July is (fingers crossed!) a month that should see lots of sun and warm or even hot weather. Even so, bring a light, rain-resistant jacket, because you never know. Most events will be casual, but consider something more fashionable for the Friday night mixer. If you plan to partake in any outdoor activities, bring the proper clothes and shoes.