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Friday Fellowship Gathering Held at Wildacres Retreat

Thursday, September 13, 2018  
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Wildacres Retreat provided an opportunity in early September for Friday Fellows, WLI board members, and WLI staff to gather on the mountain.

Attendees included a range of WLI class experience perspectives such as Friday Fellows from the first two classes in the 1990s (Beth Maczka and Peter Skillern) and two folks who have not been through the Fellowship program (John-Paul Smith and Hunter Corn).  Friday Fellows Jane Motsinger, Raj Narayan, Kevin Ginsberg, Sarah Verbiest, Greg Walker Wilson also brought their Fellowship class perspectives and personal community to the beautiful Wildacres Retreat setting.

As always, the retreat setting allowed a great deal of discussion one-on-one and in small groups.  Folks enjoyed hikes, rocking in chairs on the porch as a shower moved through, catching up, and planning for the future.

One of the topics brought to the group was the possible major shift in health care in the western region of the state as the non-profit Mission Health recently announced an agreement to be bought by for-profit HCA Healthcare based in Tennessee.  Such a major change would obviously impact the multi-county footprint of the Mission Health service area in western NC, but likely foretells future changes for all health care in the state should the sale proceed. 

A portion of time was also dedicated to providing retreat attendees a taste of the 2017-2019 Fellowship curriculum.  All attendees received a copy of the second edition of Peter Block’s Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self-Interest.  The introduction to the second edition (barely a dozen pages) is exceptional in framing how leadership thinking has been influenced by two major cultural forces since the book was initially written in the early 1990s.  This book was one of the recommended readings for Seminar 3 just held in July 2018 at Salter Path.

On Friday, the group also watched the NC documentary Chairman Jones: An Improbable Leader which is recommended viewing for Seminar 4 to be held in October 2018 at Columbia, NC.  WLI also publicly screened Chairman Jones at Johnson C. Smith University earlier this year in March and will be holding another free community viewing at Gardner-Webb University on October 15 (spread the word!)

The 30 minute NC documentary Martha in Lattimore was shared with the group on Saturday evening.  While not a formal part of the current Fellowship curriculum, a paperback copy of Martha Mason’s autobiography (the subject of the film) was given to current class members at Seminar 3 in Salter Path.

Some photos from the weekend are available on Instagram and in this Facebook album.

Please share in some of the experience by chatting with attendees or interacting with some of the materials linked here.

Another item shared with the group that was also shared with the current class at Seminar 3 was this poem by Alice Walker.  What container do you create?

Wildacres Leadership Initiative is connected with Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC.