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A weekend for 6th to 12th grade youth to retreat from the everyday in a secure space getting closer to God.

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Photo of the fire bit and cross on the waterfront at West River Center by Carly Aughenbaugh.

Refuge Youth Retreat’s planning team unites members of various United Methodist Churches throughout the Baltimore Washington Conference. While our home congregations are at different stages of the discernment process for the inclusion of LGBTQIA individuals, the leadership team of Refuge Youth Retreat is united in welcoming all people into full participation and leadership regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, physical and mental ability, nation of origin, immigration status, socio-economic status, and political ideology.

Photo of the waterfront at West River Center by Carly Aughenbaugh.

The Refuge Youth Retreat is scheduled for March 18-20, 2022.

Early Bird Pricing Has been extended to January 16, 2022!!

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What about COVID-19?

The Refuge planning team is actively monitoring COVID-19 and its possible effect on Refuge 2022.  Guidelines established by the CDC, Anne Arundel County Department of Health, and West River UM Center Retreat and Camping Ministries will be followed.

If you would like to support Refuge Youth Retreat, you can donate to help make it even better.


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Photo of West River Center by Carly Aughenbaugh.

Prior Year Information:

Information from Refuge 2020

Photo of the waterfront at West River Center by Carly Aughenbaugh.

Refuge Planning Team: 

  • Scott Karsner (He/Him), Youth Director at Asbury UMC [Volunteer Coordinator at Refuge]
  • Rev. Jennifer Karsner (She/Her), Lead Pastor at Asbury UMC Arnold
  • Donna Meoli (She/Her), Youth Director at Emmanuel UMC
  • Rev. Chris Broadwell (He/Him), Pastor at Eastport United Methodist Church
  • Iris Saunders
  • Tori Saunders
  • Kris Neale (She/Her), Youth Volunteer at Asbury UMC Arnold [Secretary at Refuge]
  • Jenn Shipley (She/Her), Director of Young People at Calvary UMC Mr. Airy [Registrar at Refuge]
  • Rev. Emily Berkowitz, Pastor at Ashton UMC
  • Molly Budzinski, Youth Director at Ashton UMC
  • Micah Smart, Youth Pastor at St. Pauls Kensington
  • Eric Bowman, Volunteer at Asbury UMC Arnold
  • Matipa Chiweshe, Asbury UMC Arnold

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