Steps to Freedom Retreat

Over 50 men from the University of Minnesota and the University of St Thomas withdrew to the secluded Timber Bay Retreat Center in Onamia, Minnesota. Headed by Lowell Seashore, the Steps to Freedom retreat provided an opportunity for men to encounter inner freedom by experiencing God in the depth of brotherhood as well as the outdoors of northern Minnesota. Small groups of men dispersed throughout the retreat center, the lake shore, and in the woods to reflect with one another about the teachings from Dr. Neil Anderson. Throughout the afternoon, men would have chances to reconvene for hot meals, leisure time, and outdoor activities including tomahawk throwing.  Overall, it was a rejuvenating weekend filled with authentic brotherhood and healing from our Lord.

For me, Steps to Freedom was an incredibly intense, soul-bearing experience unlike any other I’ve had during my college career – and I’m a fifth year senior. Trust me, it was uncomfortable. The discussions I had were deep and heavy and made me squirm. There was a lot of hemming and hawing and nervous laughter. Even as I write this several weeks later I feel uncomfortable about it. But, I do feel it was successful in that it forced me to fess up to my past and open a dialogue with a friend, and in doing so, was able to remove shame.
— Isaac Murphy, student at the University of Minnesota