Living Forward: The Adventure of the Call

Living Forward: The Adventure of the Call

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Living Forward: The Adventure of the Call

This is a three-retreat experience spanning eight months which will lead participants in an exploration of the third formational stage of ministry life. Ministers in this cohort are over 55 years of age and have spent 15+ years in ministry in either a congregational setting, on the mission field, or as a chaplain, educator or administrator caring for and speaking into people’s lives and faith journeys. As they look toward the future, questions of gift, transition, change and choices are of paramount importance. What might call look like for the next 15 to 20 years? What legacy will plant the seeds of ministry call for others?

Along with required reading and a final reflection paper, participants will come together for personal contemplative exercises, presentations for thought and discussion, group processing, spiritual direction and discernment. Major topics for the cohort include: Identity (fall emphasis), Reality (winter emphasis), and Possibility (spring emphasis). There is a nominal registration fee which will be refunded if the applicant is not chosen as a participant. In addition to meeting standard SPE program requirements, a commitment to all three events is necessary.

The first retreat in this current series will be held October 17-19, 2016 at Siena Retreat Center in Racine, Wisconsin. Participants will need to arrive Sunday evening, October 16 and the retreat will conclude with lunch on Wednesday, October 19. The second event will be a held just prior to Midwinter, 2017 (January 28-30, 2017) at the Louisville, KY venue. Participants should plan on arriving Friday night, January 27. The final retreat will be back at Siena Retreat Center from April 29-May 3, 2017. (Participant arrival Sunday night, April 30.)