49th Annual Silent Retreat - The Gift of Reconciliation
A Virtual Gathering sponsored by The Retreat Society
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid." (John 14:27)
This online retreat will be an opportunity to embrace and celebrate God’s gift of reconciliation to us and to consider how we share that gift with other people, within societies and with the whole Creation. Led by the Rev. Dr. Katie Long, retired clergy of the United Methodist Church, who has attended more than 30 Diocesan Silent Retreats, graced us with her preaching, and served as deacon at the altar and con-celebrant for Eucharists. Her experiences as pastor and counselor, as a Houston hospital chaplain during the AIDS epidemic, as mentor to individuals in discernment and preparation for ordination, and as a classroom and Zoom teacher uniquely equip her to guide us toward fruitful reflection during this virtual retreat.
Zoom sessions will be designed as way stations during our shared retreat time. Gatherings are scheduled to allow ample personal time between sessions, following this Retreat’s tradition to engage in:
- individual “converse with God”;
- the spiritual practice of “fixed hour prayer” (praying the Daily Office);
- silence and reflection on the retreat theme.
2020 Retreat fee is $40, with financial assistance available by request. The registration deadline is Thursday, November 5. Click here to open and print the retreat registration form. For more information, click here to open a letter from Rilda Baker, Retreat Society Convener.
Tentative 2020 Silent Retreat Schedule
Katie plans for each meditation to be 20-30 minutes in length, so session end times are approximate.
FRIDAY 4:30 – 5:45 PM Bishop Reed welcome video
Brief who’s who: retreatants and Steering Committee
Brief conductor introduction
Conductor’s Meditation 1, followed by Evening Prayer
7:45 PM Compline Prayers (the “bedtime prayers of the Church”)
SATURDAY 9:00 – 10:00 AM Morning Prayer, followed by Meditation 2
1:00 – 1:45 PM Midday Prayer, followed by Meditation 3
4:30 – 5:30 PM Meditation 4, followed by Evening Prayer
7:45 PM Compline Prayers
SUNDAY 8:45 – 10:00 AM Morning Prayer with reflection by the conductor