Day ONE: A Personal Spiritual Retreat
Day TWO: Tools to Bring it Home
Experiencing the Unforced Rhythms of Grace.
Fr Michael Sparough, SJ, will guide the spiritual retreat of the first day. From his rich tradition as a Jesuit priest, Fr Michael will invite us into practice, prayer, and reflection that creates holy space for God to do whatever God wants to do. From embodied prayer to The Examen to imaginative prayer to scripture dramatization, we will be lead on a restful and yet provocative day of retreat with our Loving Creator.
After a morning of guided practice, Fr Michael will release us into three hours of solitude. During this holy space, we'll be invited to respond to God in any way that is helpful: continuing to pray, journaling, meeting with a spiritual director, taking a nap, etc.
If you want to get to know Fr Michael a bit more, check out this video interview with Aaron Niequist.
Learning How to Invite our Communities into the Unforced Rhythms of Grace.
The second half of the retreat will focus on practical, concrete tools to invite our faith communities into the deep streams of spiritual formation. A group of gifted practitioners will share their experiences and help us explore practices, liturgical forms, ideas, and specific tools that can help our churches become holy spaces of transformation for the sake of the world.
We'll specifically focus on ways to integrate ancient wisdom with the modern Christian church. Our goal is not to swing the pendulum once again, but to "include and transcend"-- bringing historic practices into the actual world we are all living in.
You'll leave with new (and old) questions to ask, new (and old) practices to include, new (and old) resources to explore, and new (and old) ways to submit to the redemptive work that God has done, is doing, and will continue to do.
•"Learning to Swim in the Eternal Current for the sake of the world, and inviting our communities to join us in the flow" with Aaron Niequist.
•"Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness" and "Black Dignity in Liturgies Made for Whiteness" by Austin Channing Brown.
•"The Paschal Mystery: Dwelling in the Dark and Longing for the Dawn" by Shauna Niequist.
**We're thrilled that visual liturgist Stephen Proctor will bring his considerable gifts (and projectors) to guide us in a "Visio Divina" experience on Monday afternoon.