New Year’s Retreat 2012

For New Year’s Eve weekend at Laity Lodge, Scotty Smith and Buddy Greene are planning a tapestry of reflections and music, all calculated to help us move, not merely into a new year, but more fully into what Jesus is doing in his world, and in our hearts, to “make all things new.”

On the church calendar, Epiphany (January 6), marks the visit of the Wise Men to the incarnate Christ. These unlikely characters in God’s story (outsiders, in fact) remind us that Jesus has come “to make his blessings flow far as the curse is found.” This is good news for us, personally; for the communities where God has placed each of us; and for the entire cosmos—for Jesus is a great and gracious Redeemer.

Together we will seek to find our place in God’s great story of redemption and restoration in the upcoming year. As usual, we’ll have some great meals to share, plenty of free time, and a more-or-less constant fire in the fireplace.


Scotty Smith
A native of Graham, North Carolina, Scotty graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972 and from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1977. He was the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee where he served over 25 years. Scotty has written five books: Unveiled Hope, with Michael Card; Speechless, with Steven Curtis Chapman; Objects of His Affection; The Reign of Grace; and Restoring Broken Things, with Steven Curtis Chapman. Scotty and Darlene, his wife of thirty-five years, have two adult married children. He enjoys fly-fishing, cross training, classic rock and roll, and cooking.


Buddy Greene
Buddy Greene is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, and longtime friend of Laity Lodge. He and his wife, Vicki, live in Brentwood, Tennessee, and have two daughters. Buddy is also a longtime friend of Scotty, having been a founding member of Christ Community Church.

Tricia Walker
A native of Mississippi, singer-songwriter Tricia Walker eventually made her way to Nashville where she pursued a variety of musical endeavors…many involving other Laity Lodge musician friends. Tricia has now returned to her home state where she is the Director of the Delta Music Institute at Delta State University.


Dave Williamson
Dave served as the Director of Laity Lodge from 1999 through 2007, when he and his wife, Anne, retired to Minnesota to be closer to family. Happily, Dave continues to do consulting work for Foundations for Laity Renewal. We can’t wait to have them both back out at the Lodge to help usher in 2013.


Rob Grimes | Pottery | San Antonio
Olga Samples Davis | Creative Writing | San Antonio

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Plan to arrive at Laity Lodge anytime after 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 29. The retreat will officially commence with a 6:30 p.m. reception at the Great Hall and will conclude Tuesday, January 1, following an 11:00 a.m. brunch. Click here for directions and more info on how to prepare for your visit.