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The Fourth Fall Sojourn to Holden Village

September 24, 2023 - October 2, 2023


After the busy summer schedule, fall is quieter and a beautiful time to visit. While at Holden Village you will have the opportunity to create your own rhythms for each day according to your interests. You are encouraged to take time for rest and recreation and a host of other activities. This late September week will feature the following teaching staff.

About the Faculty

Mark Gravrock is a wonderful Biblical teacher and scholar. He has taught Bible, Greek, and Christian spirituality for 22 years at Trinity Lutheran College in Washington. He has taught us scripture with keen insight, humor, and grace on three of our other sojourns.

Larry L. Rasmussen, no stranger to Holden is a renowned Christian environmental ethicist and the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics, emeritus, at Union Theological Seminary. His newest book (2022) is, The Planet You Inherit: Letters to My Grandchildren when Uncertainty’s a Sure Thing. He is also the author of Earth Community, Earth Ethics; winner of the Grawemeyer Award; and a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Christian Ethics. He has mentored a generation of scholars in eco-theology and green religion, rooted in practices of environmental justice within community contexts. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Mark Sedio served as Cantor at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis until he retired in 2022. In addition he has held teaching positions both at Augsburg University and Luther Seminary. Sedio is an active recitalist, clinician, conductor and composer, having presented hymn festivals and workshops throughout North America and Europe. He will be the Village Musician for the week and will help the worship and music life of the village come alive.

Jacqueline Bussie is an award-winning author, professor, theologian, speaker, and workshop facilitator. Her 2nd book, Outlaw Christian: Finding Authentic Faith by Breaking the Rules won the 2017 Gold Medal Illumination Award for Christian Living. Her 3rd book, Love Without Limits: Jesus’ Radical Vision for a Love with No Exceptions, won the IAN Outstanding Religion Book of the Year Award, and just came out in 2nd edition in August 2022. Love Without Limits was also named by Publisher’s Weekly as “a must-read for all Christians interested in inclusivity for their communities.” At Holden Jacqueline will speak on her books and the themes of grief, love, loss, compassion, and interfaith peacebuilding.

Please let Darius Larsen know ASAP if you or others may be interested or have questions at dariuslarsen@msn.com.

How to Sign-Up

On the Visit Holden page, scroll down to Visit in the Spring, Autumn, or Winter and click on Make a Reservation.

You’ll see a calendar where you can select an arrival date (Sunday, September 24th) and ending date (Monday, October 2nd). The reservation system will calculate your rate. Your completed reservation serves as the registration fee for the retreat. A scholarship fund is available. You are encouraged to fill out this form to request tuition support.

Also, be sure to book your boat travel to and from Holden Village. Learn more about Getting to Holden here.


September 24, 2023
October 2, 2023


Holden Village is a community where your questions are valued and encouraged. Most programs led by visiting teaching faculty occur during the summer months. However, Holden also invites faculty to teach sessions for special events and retreats throughout the rest of the year.
Check out a list of the 2024 Summer Faculty.