A special congregational retreat at St. George’s, limited to the first 30 people who sign up.
Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21
Parker J. Palmer’s “Habits of the Heart” are deeply ingrained ways of seeing, being, and responding to life that involve our minds, our emotions, our self-images, our concepts of meaning and purpose, and our faith. This program will provide time and respectful space to look with realism and hope at how to deal with our political tensions for the sake of the common good. We will explore particular “habits of the heart” that can facilitate the renewal of our society and help us build bridges across our divides.
At this retreat you will learn new skills for fostering these habits – both within yourselves and among others – for the sake of revitalizing faith communities. With members of your community, you will discover new ways to renew your spirit and the spirit of your community of faith.
During the three-day retreat:
- John Fenner will speak about the “habits of the heart” and help us explore their relevance to the health of congregations and people of faith;
- You will be introduced to Circle of Trust® approach to spiritual formation to guide individual reflection, small group sharing, and large group dialogue;
- You will have time to explore practices that deepen your own spiritual growth and to create connections with each other that sustain communities of mutual support;
- You will gather together to learn from one another through teaching, reflection, and conversation.
Attendees must commit to the whole retreat:
Friday, May 19:
Program: 7 -9 p.m.
Saturday, May 20:
Program 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Lunch together (with Sabbath time) 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
Program 2-5 p.m.
Dinner together (with Sabbath time) 5-7 p.m.
Program 7-9 p.m.
Sunday, May 21:
Program 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
$50 suggested donation
To sign up, contact a member of the clergy by calling 540-373-4133 or emailing the church office with your interest.
John Fenner is Program Director of the Courage to Lead for Clergy and Congregational Leaders, an initiative funded by the Center for Courage & Renewal and the Lilly Endowment. He has been facilitating Circle of Trust® retreats since 2003 for church groups, nonprofit leaders, and cross-professional cohorts. John is also a Senior Associate for Everyday Democracy, an organization dedicated to helping communities organize dialogue to action projects. He lives in Brevard, North Carolina, with his wife Claire and college-aged son Colin and is a member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.