Highlights from the Annual Retreat 2018

The 10th annual Augustine Collective Retreat was held in Boston, MA, from January 19-20, 2018.

With over 220 students and alumni from more than 20 colleges in attendance, this year’s retreat was by far our largest yet!

Andy Crouch

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Students and alumni convened to hear keynote speaker Andy Crouch (former editor of Christianity Today and bestselling author), Jose and Nikolle Reyes (founders of Metaleap Creative), and Meghan Sullivan (Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame University) discuss the making of creative, intellectual publications that revive the big questions on their campuses.

Nikolle and Jose Reyes, Metaleap Creative

The retreat was also an opportunity for students to meet writers and editors from across the country, learn best practices from other publications, and plan for the future of their publication.

Meghan Sullivan

Here’s what several students had to say:

“[The retreat] reminded me of the bigger picture of what we are doing with the journals: culture-creation and thought-leading.” MIT ’18

Augustine Collective Retreat 2018

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“[My key takeaways are] how we can create culture within our journal and our campus, and how to consistently generate that culture by cultivating each other, cultivating craft, suffering together, and holding one another up to our best.” University of Minnesota ’19

Augustine Collective Retreat 2018

“I was reminded of the space that our journal strives to provide for deep discussion tackling Christianity and its intersection with the secular world.” –UC Berkeley ’19

Augustine Collective Retreat 2018

“[The retreat] renewed a desire for excellence in the context of a community that challenges yet also encourages its members.” –Brown ’20

Augustine Collective Retreat 2018

“[My key takeaway is] the hope and passion for the work of redeeming culture, and that I am absolutely not alone in that. That this is important and of eternal value.” –Harvard ’18

Augustine Collective Retreat 2018

“I am here to see God’s redemptive work around me and to do his redemptive work around me through my community. Doing things with excellence, whether intellectually, artistically, or technically, is so important and brings him glory.” Washington University in St. Louis ’21

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“Prior to this retreat, I had little knowledge about the journals, let alone any knowledge about how to make one successful. I feel that the large sessions allow me to see the audience more clearly, and from there, our team is able to understand how to take that thinking and apply it to the audience at our campus. I am eager to learn more about outreach, and I feel that our team has a better scope of who our audience is and how to reach them.” –University of Vermont ’21

Augustine Collective Retreat 2018

“We’re all doing an important work on our campuses, a work that will shape the next generation of ideas. Even though we are at different places in our publications, we are unified in our thought and curiosity.” Claremont ’20

Augustine Collective Retreat 2018

“Our journals have the potential to influence the culture of our campus and lead people into a deep experience with Jesus and the Gospel.” MIT ’18

Augustine Collective Retreat 2018

“[My key takeaways are] the idea that everything we do has eternal significance (and that, consequently, we must approach writing with fear and trembling), the idea that part of our life’s calling is to help reveal eternal glory and create and redeem culture, the hope that there are other students who are passionate about advancing God’s kingdom and the relevance and importance of the gospel.” –Vanderbilt ’21

Augustine Collective Retreat 2018

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2018 Retreat Website

 

Augustine Collective Retreat 2018

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See you again in Boston next year!

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