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  The Cappadocian Fathers*
June 27-July 9, 2010
Potlatch, Idaho

Although Athanasius prepared the ground... the decisive contribution to the Trinitarian argument was made by a remarkable group of philosophically minded theologians from Cappadocia—Basil of Caesarea, his younger brother Gregory of Nyssa, and his lifelong friend Gregory of Nazianzus.


June 27-July 9. Arrive on Saturday afternoon, June 26, opening session on Sunday afternoon, June 27; last session Friday evening July 9, depart on Saturday, July 10.
The Hill, near Potlatch, Idaho.
Participants must arrive on Saturday, June 26th. If flying, airport choices are Spokane (WA) International (airport code GEG), or Lewiston (ID) (airport code LWS). Please make arrangements to arrive at the airport about mid-day (between noon and 4 PM is best) so that we can pick you up and have you back at the Hill in time for dinner.
Make arrangements to depart on Saturday, July 10; please try not to schedule a very early departure time. Late morning or early afternoon is best. Both airports (Spokane and Lewiston) are around an hour and a half away, so travel time from Potlatch must be taken into account as well as the hour or more you should be at the airport before your flight departs (security waits at both airports are not long).
Housing and food:
All Hill Abby participants are housed and fed right here on the Hill, and we make every effort to provide a comfortable and peaceful environment. Please be sure to alert us as to any food allergies or other medical issues you might have.

What to Bring:

1. Clothing: North Idaho in summer is very warm during the day (80s) and cool at night (40s) with low humidity. Bring light casual clothing (shorts, tees, sandals, etc.) for warm weather, but include a sweatshirt, long pants or casual skirt, and tennis shoes/light hiking shoes, etc. for cool evenings. Bring some nicer clothes, too, for church services Sunday mornings: khakis and polo or button shirt for men, skirt or dress for women.

Personal toiletries: all the usual, including soap, shampoo, allergy medication, etc. Bedding, pillows, towels, and washcloths will be provided.

3. Bible and any free time reading. There is no need to bring notebooks, pens, or pencils as these will be provided for you.

4. Camera

5. Cell phones are fine to bring, but they must be turned off and put away during reading and quiet hours. You may make and receive any necessary phone calls during free time after meals.

6. No personal stereos, iPods, or headhones. You may bring a laptop if you wish, and we do have wireless service, but there will be computers available to check and send brief emails to stay in touch with family; and the spirit of Hill Abbey is to avoid such distractions as much as possible, and to still the soul.


Here is the daily schedule. The list of daily readings will be posted soon.

Cost and registration:

The Hill Abbey 2010 fee is $850. This covers everything while you're here: room, board, books and supplies, and transportation to and from the airport.

After you receive confirmation of your acceptance, a $200 deposit is required at time of registration in order to hold your place. The balance ($650) is due by May 15, 2010. Make checks out to Wes Callihan and mail to P. O. Box 546, Potlatch ID 83855. Or you may use the "Make a Payment" PayPal button at the bottom of this page (ignore everything else on that page).

Who are the Cappadocian Fathers, and why read them?

Because they're so darn cool

Basil of Caesarea (also known as Basil the Great), his brother Gregory of Nyssa, and his friend Gregory of Nazianzus (also known as Gregory the Theologian) are, next to Athanasius, most responsible for giving to the Church a sound, biblical response to the Arian heretics concerning the nature of Christ. They also gave to the Church a clear, biblical account of the Trinity and especially the person of the Holy Spirit.