Over the past months, members of the Camp Sumatanga Board of Trustees have received numerous questions, concerns and suggestions about issues around the Summer Camping Program as well as the general operation of the camp. We are aware that there are many variant voices who have expressed frustration. We are also aware of the deep love of and commitment to Sumatanga which has also been expressed. Where there has been confusion, misunderstanding or lack of clarity we apologize for our failings. We are humbled by our sense of responsibility of stewardship for the camp which belongs to all of us.
On August 17 and 18, the Trustees held a retreat in order to begin a process of honest appraisal of where we are and how we move forward, with continued focus on the mission of Sumatanga to create an environment dedicated to Christian transformation in the United Methodist Tradition. We were led in our discussions by professional consultants who helped us to clarify and address the issues before us. These discussions have taken place against the background of fiscal issues and concerns about the financial viability of the Camp as well as the concerns of our constituents. It was a prayerful process as the Trustees attempted to listen carefully, seek clarification, and engage in frank and open dialogue. The discussions recognized both the need to maintain the unique "Sumatanga Experience” which is central to our identity, while being open to the challenges and opportunities for the future.
Emerging from our time together the Trustees arrived at initial steps to what will be an ongoing process:
This is a time for coming together. The Trustees ask that the thousands of people who have found rest, vision and a deepening relationship to God at Sumatanga move forward with us in a way that respects our traditions, our diversity and each other as we seek to fulfill our common mission.The Sumatanga Board of Trustees