Six decades is a milestone—a threshold that deserves to be observed and celebrated. Join us as we take a look back at the history of the Lodge in the latest issue of Echoes Magazine.Read More
First retreat at Laity Lodge, with Elton Trueblood, Keith Miller, and Howard Butt, Jr. Howard Butt remembers: “Elton Trueblood … was the great apostle of the ministry of common life. The fact that all of us are called to be ministers to each other in our daily secular work just as surely as any pastor or missionary is called to that profession. Keith Miller, an oilman from Oklahoma City, came to give his witness. And the impact of that week was so powerful in the lives of people.”
Keith Miller becomes the director of Laity Lodge. During his time as director, he writes Taste of New Wine (1965) while at the Lodge and has Elton Trueblood write the foreword. The book is a personal exploration of faith and the possibilities for renewal of the church through small groups.
Bill Cody is named director of Laity Lodge. Under Cody’s leadership, the Lodge leans into contemplative practices and inspires the creation of Laity Lodge Youth Camp, initially created in 1967 to serve parents who were attending summer retreats.
The Quiet House opens, bringing to life Bill Cody’s vision for a space of quiet solitary contemplation. The first guest entry from May 30, 1978, reads, “Let be what will be and let grace come upon you. Whether in the heat of the sun or cool of the breeze, receive the divine visitor into your heart. He speaks with love.”
Howard Hovde is named director of Laity Lodge. He stays on for 17 years until 1997, providing the longest sustained leadership in the Lodge’s history, focusing on psychology, theology, and family systems.
Author Madeleine L’Engle starts spending about a month each year at the Lodge through the early 1990s, writing in her room each morning. She also speaks at the weekend retreats—sometimes delivering formal talks on a given theme and other times sharing personal reflections and stories.
For over two decades, author and poet Luci Shaw leads retreats and writing workshops on reflective journal writing, imaginative vision, and the intersection of art and faith. She is also a charter member of the Chrysostom Society of Writers which met at Laity Lodge for many years.
The Cody Center opens and Howard Butt, Jr. says, “We are called to be co-creators with God: to create beauty, to enjoy beauty, affirm and present beauty. This unique and beautiful space expands our horizons as co-creators and gives us deeper roots.” The space continues to showcase the highest quality visual and performing arts.
Dave Williamson becomes director of Laity Lodge after serving on the leadership team for six years. Under Dave’s leadership, the Lodge leans into its connection with Howard Butt, Jr.’s efforts on The High Calling, exploring the intersection of faith and work as an ongoing theme.
Mark Roberts is named senior director of Laity Lodge and theologian-in-residence, deepening the connection between Laity Lodge and The High Calling by taking on the Daily Reflections for several years. He later transitions to other roles in the Foundation before moving to the Max DePree Center at Fuller Seminary.