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Autumn 2014 Retreat

Faith for a Small Planet

October 17–19
Spa, Belgium

your hosts: the Netherlands Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

We are sorry that registration for the EUU Fall Retreat 2014 has now closed.
We look forward to seeing you at a future retreat.


EUU weekend retreats offer a unique combination of spirituality and fun, offering everything from worship to walks in the forest to late-night jam sessions. Retreats are mainly a time to connect with other Unitarian Universalists living in Europe. So many options are available that participants can emphasize whatever aspect they prefer.

We gather on Friday afternoon and our first meal together is Friday dinner. That evening we get to know one another and share candles of joys and concerns. Saturday morning our guest minister gives a theme talk (see below). Saturday afternoon will offer a wide choice of workshops or a walk in the forest, and then choir practice for anyone who would like to sing at the Sunday service. Saturday evening is our Cabaret Night/Open Stage when we enjoy talent and humor from participants of all ages. Sunday morning is our worship service, followed by lunch. Children and teens have their own exciting program throughout the weekend, though some activities are intergenerational.

You won’t want to miss the fall retreat, whether this will be your first time, or you are a frequent retreater. Please join us and bring your talents: can you lead a workshop, play an instrument at our worship service, sing in the choir, help with the children and youth program, entertain us on Cabaret Night, play or sing along after hours?

OUR SPEAKER: The Reverend Meg A. Riley

The Rev. Meg Riley is Senior Minister of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, a 3,500 member Church Without Walls.

She has worked in the intersection of religion and culture in a variety of contexts, including serving as Director of the Unitarian Universalist Association's Advocacy and Witness staff group, Office of Lesbian, Bisexual and Gay Concerns, Washington Office for Advocacy, Youth Programs, and as a religious educator in several Unitarian Universalist congregations. Rev. Riley was the founding director of Standing on the Side of Love (Harnessing Love's Power to Stop Oppression, Exclusion and Violence). She was founding President of the Board of Faith in Public Life: A Resource Center for Justice and the Common Good, and of Equal Partners in Faith. She has served on the national boards of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, the Interfaith Alliance, and too many working groups to name.


The planet's just too small to let little things like temporary and artificial national, ethnic or even religious boundaries define our faith. It's a struggling world that needs people who are mobilized to love one another and help to heal all that's broken and cherish those in need! This truly is a matter of life and death. Can technology help us to find and connect to one another? Can those connections grow deep enough to sustain us? And if so, how? And whatis our role in that process?

Rev. Riley will be discussing these weighty questions in a variety of ways at the theme talk on Saturday morning and the service on Sunday morning.

Rev. Riley will also set some time aside to meet with the RE classes and looks forward to chatting with many of the attendees over the course of the weekend.


The EUU Fall Retreat 2014 will take place at the

Sol Cress Conference Center
Spaloumont 5
B-4900 Spa Belgium
+32(0)87 77 23 53

Spa has been known for its healing waters since Roman times. Since the 16th been world-famous as a resort town where one would go to "take the waters." Fountains of various springs are found throughout the town and bottles of locally bottled SpaTM water are readily available at the site. (Plant tours are available)

The EUU has held many retreats at Sol Cress and we are excited about returning to this lovely site in the Ardennes forest with its views and hiking trails. Playground equipment behind the main building is available for the pleasure of the little ones, and a soccer field, pool table and ping pong table occupy the bigger kids. The bar, which is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. with billiard, video games, and board games, welcomes you in its dining area or its living room with open fireplace.

All retreat participants will stay on site.

There are many tourist attractions and recreation areas near Sol Cress.

Staying an Extra Day

Following the EUU Retreat, there will be a mini-extension retreatlet for those who wish to participate. Plans are being made for workshop and other activities for Sunday after lunch, and there will be a Vespers service in the evening, led by Rev. Meg Riley, the retreat guest speaker. Registration for the retreatlet will be done when you register for the retreat.

Those who would like to stay an additional night but not participate in the retreatlet can do so by contacting Sol Cress personally and mentioning that they are part of the EUU retreat group.

The Spa

The modern spa complex ("Les Thermes") is a stone's throw from Sol Cress. Their pools (Les Bains) are open to the public daily (€20 for a 3-hour visit (adult), €31 for full day) and you must bring your bathing suit and two bath towels. For spa health or beauty treatments (Soins), reservations are required.

All information is available at

How do we get to Spa?

Located in the French-speaking province of Liège, Spa is situated in a romantic valley, some 35 km (22 miles) southeast of the city of Liège, and 45 km (28 miles) southwest of Aachen.

By car: There is plenty of parking space at the site, which is located up the hill from the town center. The map below illustrates how to get there via Exit 8 from the A27.


By train or plane: It is not hard to reach Spa by public transportation. More details coming soon.



The price for an adult in a shared double room is less than 200€. We have low, family-friendly prices for children. 


Room description Adult Teen (13-18yrs) Child (4-12yrs) Infant (0-3yrs)
Single room 230 € n/a n/a 0 €
Shared Double Room with private bath 199 € 50 € 25 € 0 €
Shared Double Room with shared bath 189 € 50 € 25 € 0 €

EUU retreat grants: We try to keep the prices of our retreats within reach of most people, but we understand that some people still may not be able to pay the full cost. That is why EUU has a grant fund. Please consider adding a little extra for the grant fund when you register.

To apply for a grant write to EUU Treasurer John Hertz: We help as many EUU members as we can and all requests are handled confidentially.


The RE organizers are pulling out all the stops this year to deliver an engaging and meaningful 6-month Coming of Age program for EUU teens. This started at the Spring Retreat, is being sustained with regular online hangouts and posts, and will conclude at the Fall Retreat. More information is available on the Youth RE page.

More information about the children's program will be available before the retreat.


Saturday afternoon we offer workshops led by volunteers. Workshops are interactive and usually last 90 minutes. Is there a topic you would be interested in presenting as a workshop? Past topics vary from spiritual to ethical topics, or can be music, dance, or yoga. Send us your proposal when you register, and we will contact you in advance to confirm.


 The musical offerings are numerous and varied at every EUU retreat. Our choir welcomes all voices, and after a rehearsal on Saturday, we offer two anthems at the Sunday morning service. Bring your instrument if you have one, and play either at the Sunday service or at the Saturday cabaret night. Please let us know when you register if you can bring an instrument.

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