This year’s Mountaineer Christian Ashram was held August 1-4, 2019 at the Parchment Valley Conference Center in Ripley, West Virginia, close to the Kentucky and Ohio borders.
The Mountaineer Christian Ashram is part of the United Christian Ashram movement. Christian Ashrams seek to help all people deepen their experience of the dynamic reality of God in daily living.
The word “ashram” – meaning “apart from work” or “retreat” – is a word that comes from Sanskrit. Following a personal retreat experience in India, missionary E. Stanley Jones recognized the significance and value of a time for alternating discipline and rest, seeking spiritual health and renewal. Returning to the United States, Dr. Jones adapted this ancient retreat approach to be centered on Christian teaching and ecumenical community.
The Ashram movement is a non-denominational spiritual retreat that helps Christian live their lives and live the claim, “Jesus is Lord!”