Illinois Conference UCC Clergy Day Away 2019

Barbara Brown Taylor is a best-selling author, teacher, and Episcopal priest.  Her first memoir, Leaving Church, won an Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association in 2006.  Her next two books, An Altar in the World (2010) and Learning to Walk in the Dark (2015), earned places on the New York Times bestseller list.  She has served on the faculties of Piedmont College, Columbia Theological Seminary, Candler School of Theology at Emory University, McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, and the Certificate in Theological Studies program at Arrendale State Prison for Women in Alto, Georgia.  In 2014 TIME included her on its annual list of Most Influential People; in 2015 she was named Georgia Woman of the Year; in 2016 she received the President’s Medal at the Chautauqua Institution in New York.  Her fourteenth book, Holy Envy, was released by HarperOne in March 2019.

  • Clergy Day Away begins with dinner at 5:30pm on Tuesday and concludes mid-afternoon Wednesday.
  • Guests may arrive at Pilgrim Park on Tuesday after 1:00pm to enjoy fellowship and the beautiful grounds and retreat center.
  • Overnight accommodations at Pilgrim Park are limited and will be assigned on a first come-first serve basis.
Limited financial assistance may be available; please contact your Associate Conference Minister for information

Survey: We are honored that Barbara Brown Taylor will personalize her presentations Clergy Day Away based on registrants’ responses to a 5-question survey that will be emailed upon completion and payment of registration.

Overnight housing: Due to limited accommodations, single rooms are not available at Pilgrim Park for this event. Nearby lodging options include—but are not limited to—hotels in:
  • Princeton (11 miles from Pilgrim Park, approximately a 15-minute drive via Route 80):  AmericInn, Days Inn, EconoLodge, Super 8
  • Peru (16 miles from Pilgrim Park, approximately a 22-minute drive via Route 29): Fairfield Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express, LaQuinta, Super 8