About the retreat...
THE ART OF LAMENT: A WAY HOME TO THE HEART OF GOD
Building on Bishop Brown's spirit of and commitment to building relationships, the clergy will gather to strengthen our connection with one another through conversations and activities that bring more of our lived experience into community. Our leader-colleague is Bill Blaine-Wallace. Bill, with the help of biblical, theological, and psychological resources, constructs lament as fundamentally relational. His research and experiences in congregational and non-parochial settings has led him to trust that when more of life-the-way-it-really-is is addressed in communities and congregations through relational practices and commitments, greater solidarity emerges, deeper joy is aroused, and more fervent passion for justice is awakened. In collaboration with the Clergy Day Committee, Bill will steward a Lenten retreat during which our clergy will co-create possibilities for greater solidarity, joy, and passion for our life together and shared ministries.
Please plan to be present for the entire retreat. Our desire is to strengthen our connections with one another. The spirit of the retreat builds from one conversation and activity to the next. When folks drop in and out, the bond suffers.
About the retreat facilitator...
The Rev. Bill Blaine-Wallace, PhD,
is a retired Episcopal priest. He has ministered in parishes, hospices, and in mental health and educational settings. Presently Bill maintains a pastoral counseling and consultation practice and a spiritual direction ministry. Bill is the author of Water in the Wastelands: The Sacrament of Shared Suffering and newly released When Tears Sing: The Art of Lament in Christian Community. Bill and his spouse live on a farm in the foothills of western Maine.
Please bring a journal and your favorite writing implement to retreat.
Dress is cozy warm and to your comfort; layers are recommended.
A copy of When Tears Sing
will be given to each participant.
Each plenary session will begin in song.
Sunday, March 1
2:30PM Retreat registration and hotel check in
5:00PM Reception and fellowship (cash bar)
6:00PM Dinner (cash bar)
7:00PM Introduction: The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks
7:20PM Reflecting Team with Bishop Brown
Social time; cash bar available until 10:00PM
Monday, March 2
8:00AM Breakfast Begins
9:00AM Morning Prayer
9:15AM Small groups
10:15AM Personal Reflection on Tears
10:45AM Tear Art
1:00PM Small groups sharing Tear Art
5:00PM Reflecting Team on Tear Art
6:00PM Dinner, (cash bar available)
7:00PM Letter writing on Tear Art
7:45PM Small group reflectios
Tuesday, March 3
8:00AM Breakfast Begins
9:00AM Reflecting Team on Tear Art
9:45AM Break / Hotel Check Out
10:15AM Work Cloud and Offering of Words
12:15PM Depart in Peace