|Room with view of garden|
From an energy perspective, Holden is a self sustaining community that generates electricity from nearby Railroad Creek. In the winter it burns about 100 cords of wood (for those of you not familiar with cords, that's a whole big bunch of wood). It has a vegetable garden, but relies considerably on produce from nearby farms.
Following is additional information on Holden's mission and values:
The mission of Holden Village, a Lutheran ministry, is to welcome all people into the wilderness to be called, equipped and sent by God as we share rhythms of
■ Word and Sacrament
■ work, recreation and study
■ intercession and healing.
|Flower by guest chalet|
We are grounded and united in daily Gospel-centered worship.
We interpret Word, sacrament, and daily life through the Lutheran theology of the cross.
We offer lavish hospitality to all.
|Mule deer at Holden|
We believe that God calls all persons to love and serve God and neighbor.
We celebrate the unity and diversity of all God’s children.
We offer ourselves to one another in mutual forgiveness, conversation and respect.
We trust God’s mercy as we pray and work for justice and peace.
We celebrate and seek to serve creation’s well being through faithful patterns of daily living.
We express gratitude to God for extravagant gifts of creativity, imagination and ingenuity in all who volunteer.
|Double rainbow over village|
We value critical thinking, provocative discussion, and the integration of learning and experience.
We embrace God’s gift of sabbath by offering refreshment to those who are weary.
|Mule deer... look at those eyes!|
We commit to be grateful stewards of the surprising gift of Holden Village and its place in the wilderness.
We believe that the Holden community includes all who care for Holden through their labor, gifts and prayers.
We love that holy hilarity returns us to the joy and freedom of the Gospel, which alone overcomes all our lapses of mission, strategies, goals, garbology, dishteam, work, and relationships.
|Fall harvest moon over Dumbbell Mountain|