Welcome to Holden Village
Over the course of 50 years, Holden Village has been transformed from a copper mining town to a vibrant place of education, programming, and worship. Holden invites people of goodwill of all ages to come and experience our rhythms, which inspire and equip travelers for a sustainable life of faith outside the Village.
Holden Village welcomes and embraces people of all races, ethnicities, religious backgrounds, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. We strive to overcome learned prejudices and develop relationships across difference. We actively seek liberation and transformation through education, relationship, and engagement with the Village’s core values.
From the Holden Village Executive Directors
Chuck Hoffman + Peg Carlson-Hoffman
We (Chuck and Peg) are white and cis-gender. We claim our identity here and the limitation of perspective that accompanies it. We are committed to taking affirmative steps to listen, learn and act.
Now is the time to listen and learn to the lived experience of Black, Indigenous and People of Color. It is also time for Holden to examine its history of privilege. Holden Village is an Educational Retreat Center with ties to the whitest denomination in the U.S., serving an audience that has been predominantly white. It is our responsibility (Holden’s) to bear witness to what is happening in the world, to elevate the voices of Black and Brown people, to change the course of inequities, and to break down structural prejudice in all forms where it exists, within Holden and in white and Christian U.S. culture.
Below you will find more voices well worth contemplation and conversation.
The Case for Reparations - by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Who Gets to Be Afraid in America? By Ibram X. Kendi
America’s Racial Contract is Showing by Adam Serwer
Holden Summer ChangeS
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided that we cannot host guests in the Village this summer through August 31, 2020.
The summer will look different than we all expected, HOWEVER, we are energized by innovative ideas as we explore a different kind of Holden experience this summer through BeHolden: All Things New.
Due to COVID-19, there are no services available at Holden Village to hikers. This includes transportation, food service, snack bar, laundry, or lodging. Hikers must utilize bypass routing around the Village, in order to minimize exposure to Holden Staff.
Holden Village Names New Executive Directors
The Holden Village Board of Directors is excited to announce the selection of a three-person team of Kathie Caemmerer-Bach, Mark Bach, and Stacy Kitahata to serve as the next Holden Village Executive Directors.
A Message from the Board of Directors
The Board recently approved the a motion to direct the Nominating Committee, in consultation with the rest of the Holden Village Board, to adopt, for an interim period, a new model to discover new members of diverse voices and bring forward 2 – 4 nominated candidates for approval. This means that our normal process of soliciting applications will not occur this year.
Looking for a change of pace, a supportive community, and the opportunity to learn new skills? Check out Holden's Job Board for a complete list of volunteer and employment opportunities now available in the Village.
Cover Photos by Callie Mabry