Back to All Events

Renew 2020

  • Surfsand Resort Cannon Beach, OR (map)

Beauty and the Healing of Shame

 “I sometimes think that shame . . . does as much toward preventing good acts and . . . happiness as any of our vices do.” –C. S. Lewis. 

As leaders we all drag our past behind us. Often outside our awareness, the accompanying shame worms its way into what we believe about ourselves, all we do, the relationships we love, and it can totally rob us of the joy and beauty God has for us to experience.

How do we identify shame in our lives? How can we see how it warps our families and church communities? How can beauty be a part of our healing from shame?

This year we’re fortunate to have Curt Thomson as our guide at Renew to help us identify and understand the insidious nature of shame and find healing and freedom in beauty.

This is your invitation to start 2020 off courageously tending to your own soul in the leadership family of the Alliance Northwest. Registration will open on October 1st, will close on December 15th, and is limited to 150 attendees.

Schedule & Sessions

Tuesday, January 7:
- Check-In - 3pm
- Dinner - 5pm
- Evening Session - Integration: Formation and Beauty

Wednesday, January 8:
- Morning Session - Shame and the Disintegration of Relationships
- Evening Session - Beauty and the Healing of All Things

Thursday, January 9:
- Morning Session - What new, beautiful artifact do you and God want to make next?
- Head Home

Registration Will Close December 15th

Registration is limited to 150 attendees and reserved for Alliance Northwest Leaders.

Registration Costs

Registration prices include food.  

Speaker: Curt Thompson, M.D.


Curt Thompson, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice, the founder of Being Known, LLC, and The Center for Being Known, an organization that develops resources to educate and train leaders about the intersection between interpersonal neurobiology, Christian spiritual formation, tenants of the Christian faith, and vocational creativity. He is the author of Anatomy of the Soul and The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves.

Curt Thompson-4.jpg

He and his wife Phyllis are the parents of two children and reside in Arlington, Virginia. He serves as an elder at Washington Community Fellowship, a congregation of the Mennonite church, in Washington, D.C. His duties there have included preaching, teaching, and involvement in the fellowship’s healing prayer ministry. 


Once again, Renew will be held at the Surfsand Resort in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Lodging needs to be reserved by directly contacting the Surfsand Resort (prices do not include taxes).

Surfsand room rates thru Dec 6th

Beach - $129 plus tax
Limited View - $109 plus tax

Call 855.632.6744 and mention “Renew 2020 or Alliance Northwest" for Renew Rate

Earlier Event: October 11
Later Event: February 14
Reach 2020