UMMAS Minister Gatherings

UMMAS organizes 3 annual Gatherings for ministers and their partners-in-ministry for personal and professional support, fellowship, networking and planning our events. (first weeks of February and May, and at Kanuga in September). Locations in February and May rotate throughout the subregion. 

February 4, 5, 6, 2019: On Monday afternoon through Wednesday noon, the circle will return to St. Christopher’s on Seabrook Island near Charleston, SC.

Last year’s weather was so lovely, we sat out and watched the dolphins at play in the river. Contact Dale Worley if you plan to attend. At last count, there are still a few rooms available if you want to join us! 

The focus of our time together is rest, relaxation, inspiration, fun and renewal, with a little bit of business taken care of easily and efficiently. 

Proposed Schedule

Monday 2/4/2019
3 pm: Arrive and check-in to rooms
4 pm: Brief orientation by St. Christopher staff
4:15 pm: Heart checks
6:30 pm: Dinner
7:30-8:30 pm: Continue heart checks

Tuesday 2/5/2019
8 am: Breakfast

9 am: Finish heart checks
Noon: Lunch and Kanuga team meeting
1-3 pm: Free time
3-6 pm: Business meeting
6:30 pm: Dinner
8-10 pm: Campfire

Wednesday 2/6/2019
8 am: Breakfast
Check-out by 10 am
10-11:30 am: Myrtle Fillmore Healing Service led by Rev. Kelly Isola w/ Dale Worley


We have contracted for 20 lodge rooms, 10 double and 10 single, but we can adjust double/single if needed, as all the rooms are the same, with two double beds. If we need more rooms, we can request them if space is available. You see a picture of a lodge room at  

UMMAS is covering the cost of the Monday night dinner, the meeting room, and the campfire. Your cost covers lodging for 2 nights, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner (breakfasts are included in the room cost). Single rooms are $182. Double rooms are $250. 

We are requesting that you reserve your space no later than January 1, as we need to give St. Christopher’s a fairly solid count by that date. We are asking for a $100 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit with the remainder due upon arrival. UMMAS has agreed to pay 80% of the cost of 30 people attending regardless of how many of us show up, so please keep that in mind.

Please email Rev Dale at as soon as you can to register, so that if we need to ask for more rooms we can do that right away.

After you email Dale, send your $100 non-refundable deposit to our treasurer Susan Torres, PO Box 1574, Pawleys Island, SC. 29585. Susan’s email You can also pay with Paypal on our website at

Please let Dale know when you register if you have any special dietary requirements.

Please be aware of these policies that are from the contract we signed with the retreat center.

  • Quiet time is observed between 11 pm and 7 am.
  • Smoking is only allowed outside where smoking receptacles are located.
  • Alcoholic beverages are permitted only in lodge rooms and designated meeting facilities. Alcohol is not permitted on the beach or at campfires.
  • Pets (other than service dogs) are not allowed on site.
  • No food in our lodge rooms.

Our May meetings are being hosted by the Revs. Francie and Warren Potter at Unity of East Atlanta in Conyers, GA on May 6, 7, 8.

We can discuss our July Leadership Training during our time together on Tuesday afternoon at St. Christopher’s in February. Please let me know if you have anything you want added to the agenda.

The dates for Kanuga are September 23-27, 2019.
The Kanuga team is meeting during lunch on Tuesday at the February meeting. Please join us if you want to be on the team this year and help with the planning and execution of the retreat.

These gatherings are a coveted time of fellowship for our ministers and their partners. We take time to give each other a valuable gift for ministers: to be heard with open hearts, to listen exquisitely, and to allow others to “be heard.”

We eat well and laugh much together, take walks, sit in the sun, and enjoy each other’s company. We birth ideas for our July and September events, and get excited together about the envisioned programs. February and May Gatherings are a 2-day event, and could run into Wednesday morning, if necessary. The September Gathering is on Monday and Tuesday, before the rest of the Kanuga retreat-ants arrive. This “time apart for a while” is worth every moment each time, as we restate our support for each other and our ministries.

If you are new to the region, and would like to join our circle, please contact webmaster, Rev Pat Veenema, who will be happy to talk with you about it.