2014 Spring Clergy & Spouse/Partner Retreat

This year our Spring Clergy Retreat has been redesigned as a Clergy & Spouse/Partner retreat. As in previous years, it will be hosted by the deans of the diocese who are looking forward to sharing this time with you. The retreat itself will begin on the morning of Thursday, May 1, the day before Diocesan Convention begins. We are grateful to Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse City for hosting us on this day. While we know that Thursday may be difficult for some spouses/partners to attend, we are hopeful that those who work might be able to get the day off to be able to be with us.

All clergy of the diocese (both active and retired, priests and deacons), along with their Spouses/Partners are invited to be a part of this time of relationship building and formation. Please register using the form below so that we know how many to expect. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided, covered by the diocese, so the only cost involved is the time and getting to the Formation Day location. Given the distance, some may decide to come up Wednesday night and stay at the hotel. If that extra cost would be a burden, please contact Molly Ettwein, the bishop's assistant, at the diocesan office.

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    Retreat Information

    Retreat Location: Grace Episcopal Church, Traverse City, MI, 341 Washington St, Traverse City, MI 49684 Retreat Speaker: Sister Ann Walters, OP (see biography below) Retreat Topic: Clergy Households & Cultivating Holiness During the ordination rite in the BCP, the Bishop asks, "Will you do your best to pattern your life [and that of your family, or household, or community] in accordance with the teachings of Christ, so that you may be a wholesome example to all people?" Sister Walters will be working with us in presentation and conversation about how clergy households of all shapes and sizes (single, married, partnered, etc) can work cooperatively to fulfill that ordination vow, patterning their lives and that of their households so that they may be a wholesome example to all people, inviting their parishioners and fellow Christians into a life that is holy, faithful, and deeply in touch with the heart of God. SCHEDULE Thursday, May 1 8:00am - Registration and Breakfast 9:00am - Morning Prayer 9:30am - Keynote 1, Discussion, Quiet Time 11:30am - Break 11:45am - Holy Eucharist: Baptismal Propers 12:30pm - Lunch and Fellowship 1:30pm - Keynote 2, Discussion, Quiet Time 2:30pm - Break 2:45pm - Keynote, Discussion, Quiet Time 4:15pm - Break 4:30pm - Evening Prayer 5:00pm - Departure Ann Walters, OP earned a Master Degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University. Sister Ann has been active in leading adult faith formation classes, workshops, seminars; directing and preaching retreats; and also providing spiritual direction. She currently serves as the Common Life Coordinator for the sisters. Past positions she has held include: Co-Director of Collaborative Dominican Novitiate of the United States Dominican Women’s Congregations, Director of Formation for Grand Rapids Dominicans, and Elementary/High School Education Administration. She has also been active in inner-city ministries in Detroit, Chicago, Rural Northern Michigan, St. Louis MO, and Gusau, Nigeria, West Africa.
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