In case any of wondering, Kanuga is an Episcopalian Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC. Kanuga is not just a place. It is not just a place to visit. It is very special. But why? There is always that place where we first see God. Kanuga was that place for me. But how? From 3rd-8th grade, our Parish Weekend’s music was led by Fran McKendree, and the songs we sang was part of why I started to believe in God. Kanuga is home to a number of hiking trails. The combination of the songs and the trials is why Kanuga is why I knew God was real. But why did I start going to Kanuga?
Kanuga serves many purposes. I have gone there mostly for Parish Weekends. I have been there with three churches. Most of my Parish Weekends have been with Holy Comforter, my current church. I have been with that church since 3rd grade. Parish Weekends are a place of fellowship, peace, bonding, fun, hiking, and singing. There are programs we do. I have been there for one Thanksgiving, where I made a hiking stick and two baskets. I have been there for Winterlight 35 and 36, a high school youth conference, which gives you a break from the stresses of high school, and it is at that conference where I found a love for contemporary Christian Music.
For the past two years, I have had to skip two Parish weekends; they were over Labor Day Weekend; Gardner Webb had class on Labor Day, and this Labor Day Weekend I have been able to go. It has these cottages we stay in. Kanuga will always mean something to me. It was how I knew God was real.
Below is a picture of Daisy Lake at Kanuga.