August 5 - August 7, 2022
Theme: That They May Be One. Jesus calls his people to be one, reconciled in heart and spirit, but division too often affects and infects who and how we are. We carry the stress of fracture in our own bodies and we carry it within and among the members of the Body of Christ. This retreat will invite people from various Christian traditions, life experiences and perspectives to experience more deeply the unity we share, and for that unity to open us to healing and reconciliation with all of God's family and creation. Body prayers and gentle yoga will be offered during the retreat.
Leaders: Becca Vargas and Margot Eyring. After 15 years of ministry with the Church of the Saviour community, Becca Vargas returned to the Lutheran denomination (ELCA) where she serves as a pastor and participates in the local committee for ecumenical and interfaith relations. Her interest in spiritual formation, together with her work with men and women coming home from incarceration has deepened her commitment to practices of restorative justice, institutional transformation, and the inward and outward journeys. Margot Eyring, retreat leader and spiritual director, loves the creativity invited through contemplative living and practice. She is the Spiritual Direction Coordinator at Coracle, a program staff member at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, and longtime volunteer with Our Daily Bread—making breakfast for her neighbors experiencing homelessness or just in need of connection.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.