Highlights from the West Coast Retreat 2016

The 1st Augustine Collective West Coast Retreat was held in Cambria, CA from February 26th-27th. Over 20 students from the Claremont Colleges, University of California-Berkeley, CalPoly-San Luis Obispo, and Stanford University attended to consider the role of a Christian journal on their campus. Additionally, students from The Claremont Ekklesia and UC Berkeley TAUG shared about their experience starting and sustaining their journals.

Speakers and presenters included Andrew Schuman, co-founder of the Augustine Collective and founder of the Dartmouth Apologia; Ryan Stewart, founder of the Claremont Ekklesia, and Jordan Monge, former editor-in-chief of the Harvard Ichthus.

Here’s what several participants had to say:

“[Andrew Schuman’s talk on] fifteen points about what it takes to sustain a journal was amazing. Having a large portion of our newly developing team there to hear it really helped us strategize about what we are doing well, what we need to change, and how to prioritize what steps we take in going about the change.” –Cal Poly ’17

“[My key takeaways from the retreat were] 1) to persevere and to remember the purpose of the journal 2) to create community and unity within the journal 3) to remember that God is Lord of all.” –UC Berkeley ’16

“Having tangible ideas to set down on paper in an hour of focused writing was a great experience of reconnecting with the labors of our initiative as a journal. Being able to talk face-to-face with another writer/editor about each of our individual pieces was extremely edifying and built up a sense of solidarity, despite our pieces being about different things. Ultimately, [we felt] united in the shared search for God’s truth in our thoughts and in our writing.” –Claremont ’17

“Renewed vision… very encouraged… Lots of practical ideas for training new people and building a community where we have the conversations we want our journal to create.” –UC Berkeley ’17

Retreat Materials


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Photos by Hirav Gandhi.