Greater Northwest Younger Clergy Retreat
March 2, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - March 4, 2015 @ 11:00 am
Mobilizing for the Future
Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge:
“God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28.18-20, The Message
A lot of people make assumptions about younger clergy. The only safe one is that we are a difficult group to categorize. As with pretty much any cohort of people, there is diversity in experience, passion, and interest. Some of us love contemporary worship styles, and for others, The Faith We Sing is just a bit too edgy.
But there is one thing that is shared by all younger clergy. We have the opportunity, God-willing, to be in active ministry for decades – literally. That being the case, there is so much that can be gained from connecting with each other, networking to discover collective strengths, and mobilizing for a promising future together.
You are invited to this second annual retreat opportunity for clergy around 40 years and under at the Alton Collins Retreat Center. We will explore this theme of Mobilizing for the Future, of moving forward intentionally together, over two days of fellowship, spiritual reflection, and thoughtful conversation. In doing so, we will find that we are accompanied by Christ as we work together, empowered to meet the great commission we’ve received.
In addition to time spent getting to know each other better, we’ll be led in spiritual reflection by Dr. Steven Lewis, pastor at Gresham UMC. Our conversations at the retreat will be facilitated by the Rev. Mary Huycke, a leadership coach and consultant for the Tuell Center. Bishop Grant Hagiya is hoping to stop by to engage us in dialogue as well.
As clergy in the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area we serve hospitals and campuses, local churches and clients, across expansive geography. Let’s close the gap and create intentional spaces for listening to one another!
Details & Registration
Where: Alton Collins Retreat Center, 32867 SE Highway 211, Eagle Creek, OR 97022
When: March 2-4, (begins after lunch on Monday and ends before lunch on Wednesday)
Cost: $50 per person includes meals and housing (assumes double-occupancy); Singles available at an additional $22 per night ($44 total). Support from the Collins Foundation helps to subsidize costs for OR-ID participants. Support from the PNW Conference does the same for PNW participants.
Questions: Contact Patrick Scriven, (206) 304-9284 or email@example.com
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About the Retreat Format
For this second retreat, we will again be using Open Space Technology.
In an Open Space gathering, participants start in a circle and are invited to identify any issue related to the central question for which they have some real passion. They write it down on a quarter sheet of paper and post it on the wall in a grid that gives a time and place (for future exploration). In doing so they accept responsibility for convening a session on their issue and for making a written report of the results.
It’s a way for a group to surface and self-manage an agenda around the things they care most about regarding a topic or question. Once all the issues have been posted, everyone goes to the wall and signs up for the sessions they want to participate in.
A suggested focus question (which we can adjust at the retreat):
How can we strengthen our ministry by connecting to each other, networking to take advantage of individual strengths, and mobilizing for the future?
Please be empowered to think ahead and to bring along any resources you might need to share or lead from a place of passion.