July 22 - July 24, 2016
Theme: PRACTICING FORGIVENESS. Jesus said, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive everyone who sins against us.” What does it mean to forgive? How do we find the path to forgiveness? In the silence, we will be invited to contemplate the example of those who are known for their capacity to forgive, to look with compassion on those who have wronged us, and to practice forgiveness towards others and ourselves.
Leader: Deborah Sokolove is the Director of the Center for the Arts and Religion at Wesley Theological Seminary, where she teaches courses in art, worship, and culture. She is also the author of Sanctifying Art: Inviting Conversation between Artists, Theologians, and the Church and Calling on God: Prayers for Three Years of Sundays and a long-time member of Seekers Church.
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 $210. 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 any time after 4 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.