Family Camp: July 22-27

Rev. Dr. Anna Madsen with Bishop David Zellmer and David Lee Brown

Topic: Reformation 501 #WhatDoesThisMeanNow

A week of exploring how the Holy Spirit is reforming the church today.

Anna Madsen is a "freelance theologian" in Two Harbors, MN.

After graduating from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, she served a small South Dakota parish for three years before earning a Ph.D. in systematic theology in Regensburg, Germany. Immediately prior to her return to begin teaching as a college professor, an accident killed her husband and severely injured her young son Karl. Daughter Else was eight months old at the time.

This event shaped her theology and her life profoundly, not least of all by being a springboard to create OMG: Center for Theological Conversation. Here, individuals and groups, laity and clergy, come for questions, conversation, and study. Through OMG, she also speaks, blogs and writes.

In 2016, the family moved to Two Harbors, MN, and in 2017 began The Spent Dandelion Theological Retreat Center, where she offers her studio apartment, her 20 acres of gorgeous woods, her library, her consulting, and Minnesota's North Shore for people to retreat, refresh, and be restored.

Karl (now 16), Else (now 13), and Anna are deeply involved in church, politics, and social justice, and loves to cook, eat, read, and travel together...and they adore their two dogs Gimli and Chutzpaw.

Bishop David B. Zellmer has served congregations across South Dakota for more than a quarter of a century and has been serving as the Bishop of the SD Synod ELCA for 10 years. A graduate of Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, Zellmer was ordained in 1981 and began his ministry in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Wherever he has served, he has earned a reputation for reaching out to the community as a whole, not just to Lutheran congregations, and for his presence in both civic and religious arenas. Bishop Zellmer and his wife, LaDonna, have participated in Outlaw Ranch Family Camp for over twenty years; they now come to camp with their children and grandchildren.




Registration for summer 2018 opens online on November 6th, 2017.

Lodge or Cabin

        Adult (12 and up) - $475

        Children (3-11) - $375

        Children (under 3) - FREE

        Extended adult family member in same lodging - $350

        Extended child (3-12) family member in same lodging - $250

Family Maximum Fee - $2,000

NOTE: If you are staying in a tent or small camper (that you bring), use the cabin per person rates and subtract $150.00 off total. 

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