Greater Northwest Younger Clergy Gathering
March 10, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - March 12, 2014 @ 11:00 am
Equipping for the Future
This retreat is being offered as an opportunity for younger clergy (around 40 years and under) from the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area to gather together for intentional conversation, fellowship, and worship together. It is being underwritten by grants and support from the three annual conferences of the area.
In addition to time spent getting to know each other better, they’ll be joined by Bishop Grant Hagiya and led in worship by the Rev. Laura Jaquith Bartlett. Conversations at the retreat will be facilitated by the Rev. Mary Huycke, a leadership coach and consultant for the Bishop Jack and Marjorie Tuell Center for Leadership Excellence.
Where: Alton Collins Retreat Center, 32867 SE Highway 211, Eagle Creek, OR 97022
When: March 10-12, (begins after lunch on Monday and ends before lunch on Wednesday)
Cost: $25 per person includes meals and housing (double-occupancy); Singles available at an additional $21 per night
Register Online: http://umoi.org/registrations/register/230
Providing real hope to the people we serve is one of our primary calls as clergy. Keeping that hope alive for ourselves is essential to our own spiritual health. How do we do this in busy lives as single, married, or partnered clergy? How do we equip ourselves for this work in the midst of great transition in culture and in the church?
Our experiences in the first decade of ministry might be akin to that of the exiled community, cut off from home and community.
Build houses and make yourselves at home. Put in gardens and eat what grows in that country. Marry and have children. Encourage your children to marry and have children so that you’ll thrive in that country and not waste away. Make yourselves at home there and work for the country’s welfare. Pray for Babylon’s well-being. If things go well for Babylon, things will go well for you.
-Jerermiah 29:5-7, The Message
Jeremiah instructs the faithful to call upon God in prayer and discernment, seeking God with all their heart. But it also meant ‘building houses,’ ‘planting gardens,’ finding support, and strengthening personal relationships. They were not to forget their calling as God’s people, nor their mission, to pray and work for the welfare of the cities in which they live to provide a future with hope.
We will explore this theme over two days of intentional fellowship, contemplative worship, and conversation with others on the journey. Our time will be facilitated by Rev. Laura Bartlett, Rev. Mary Huycke, and Bishop Grant Hagiya.