September 20 - September 22, 2019
Theme: LIVING WITH GRATITUDE. Gratitude is
sometimes said to be the mother of all other virtues.
However, hard times, difficult times, even times of joy
can give us gratitude amnesia. In this retreat, we will
take time to reflect on our blessings, be present now,
and awaken a sense of divine expectancy. In the
silence, we will explore together the contours of
gratitude, giving thanks for another day of life, for the
blessings that have nourished us even to this present
moment, and we will pay attention to the new thing
stirring within us. In this fall retreat, we will see how
the trees, the birds, and even the rocks give thanks to
the Divine; we ourselves will become more deeply
aware of our own responses to divine movement in
Leader: Rev. Fay C. Acker is an ordained minister in
the Presbyterian Church (USA). She is a former
Associate Dean of Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel
and Director of Spiritual Guidance and Pastoral Care.
Rev. Acker is a spiritual director and leader of prayer
groups and retreats.
An Open Retreat.
Weekend retreats run Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. The silence begins Friday night after dinner when the leader opens the retreat and introduces the theme. The leader usually offers brief meditations with morning and evening prayers on Saturday. The silence ends late-morning Sunday with a time of sharing and worship, followed by lunch and departure.
The cost for weekend retreats is $225. To reserve a space, please send a $100 deposit with an application you can print from the application page, or pay on line by going to the application page and clicking on payment options.
Dinner on Friday at 7 pm is the first official gathering. You are welcome to arrive and settle in between 3:30 and 6:30 pm on Friday. The retreat will end by 2 pm on Sunday. It is important that you come on a weekend when you can stay for the whole retreat.