August 15, 2022

Sabbath Time with Howard Thurman: A Weekend Retreat back

May 13 - May 15, 2022


Theme: Sabbath Time with Howard Thurman.  “There is the rest of detachment and withdrawal when the spirit moves into the depths of the region of the Great Silence, where world weariness is washed away and blurred vision is once again prepared for the focus of the long view where seeking and finding are so united that failure and frustration, real though they are, are no longer felt to be ultimately real.” So wrote the twentieth century African American minister and theologian Howard Thurman (1899-1981). Mentally, physically, and spiritually full up with the work and worries of contemporary life? Come away for a weekend of Sabbath grounded in silence, contemplative chants, and select prayers and meditations from Howard Thurman.

Leader: Ridgeway Addison, seasoned theological educator, Baptist minister, musician, and Thurman scholar. 

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 reflections with morning and evening prayers on Saturday. The silence ends after breakfast Sunday morning with a time of sharing and worship, followed by lunch and departure.

You must be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus in order to attend weekend retreats.  We are requiring that masks be worn indoors except when dining or in your personal room.

The cost for weekend retreats is $250.  A $100 deposit is required to register.  (Let us know if you need financial assistance.)  To reserve a space email Nat Reid at, or send a check with a note indicating which retreat you wish to register for.

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.  Please plan to stay for the entire retreat.