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STONY POINT CENTER AN OASIS OF ACCEPTANCE STORY BY JOSEPH KUHN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAMANTHA FINCH

Though Stony Point Conference and Retreat Center was originally established in the early 20th century and spans more than 30 acres, surprisingly few Rocklanders know of the historic spiritual site. Which is fitting perhaps. Originally established as a place to train missionaries, the center has long been a destination for peaceful and quiet reflection. You won’t find TVs in their 90 plus guest rooms. The campus is near Harriman State Park and ideal for hiking, sporting, or simply sitting outside and getting in touch with the natural world. The vegetables served in the communal dining hall are grown by residents of the community and produced using organic, sustainable methods. The Stony Point Conference and Retreat Center is among the most relaxing places in the county, a “nurturing inclusive community” removed from the pressures of urban life. The Stony Point Conference and Retreat Center is operated by proud advocates of food justice, social justice and religious tolerance: Rick and Kitty Ufford64 / Rivertown Magazine June 2019

Chase are the Co-Directors and Paula Sandusky serves as the General Manager. The property is home to an intentional community of volunteers called The Community of Living Traditions (CLT). The CLT is a “multifaith community of Muslims, Jews, and Christians, dedicated to the practice of hospitality, nonviolence, peace and earth care. We aren’t together to only focus on what we have in common,” explained Sandusky. “Each of us is trying to live our own faith tradition as best we can with the support from the rest of the community.” The ideals promoted by the multifaith community govern everything the center does. Food justice, the ideal that people should eat in a sustainable way, is fostered thanks to the one-acre farm that helps feed the center’s guests. The multifaith community supports the kitchen staff in making delicious, made-from-scratch meals (including gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan choices) and educates visitors about the waste and inefficiency of our current food system. Social justice is fostered through the

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Rivertown Magazine June 2019  

Rivertown Magazine's June issue is the best way to get a jump start on summer. Get to know the latest local news heading into the warmer mo...

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Rivertown Magazine's June issue is the best way to get a jump start on summer. Get to know the latest local news heading into the warmer mo...