" We need to awaken the energies of love... While making use of all the resources and the knowledge and wisdom available to us, we have to push the boundaries of our understanding of love, find love in a new land, on new roads still to be mapped out and established... All our assumptions need to be examined and assessed anew. In Thomas Berry's words, we are called to a 'great work' in the world and in ourselves" - Ursula King
Christ Church Parish offers spiritual retreats as times of inner discovery and renewal.
These are precious moments in which we give our presence as a gift to the group that convenes for a weekend, and we receive much in exchange.
Each retreat includes short lectures, times for personal reflection, discussions, communal liturgies, and art-as-meditation. Biblical material is included, as well as other resources.
Our retreats leaders have received substantial scholarly and pastoral/psychological training, and are engaged in their own inner work (yes to creativity! no to improvisation!)
Our retreats in 2018-2019 are focused on "awakening the energies of love" by looking at those places where the flux of the energy is stopped. We start by sharing stories on which we intend to work individually during the retreat. Monastic-style liturgy create the frame of attention to the inner movements of the soul and to other people's stories.
- October 5-7, 2018 The Nonviolence of Jesus: Encountering our Wounds and Receiving the Balm of Divine Healing, led by Giovanni Esti, Ph.D.
- January 18-20, 2019 The Flow of Love: Finding Our True Ground, led by Jana Milhon-Martin, M. Div.
- May 17-19, 2019: The Resurrected Life: Beyond Dualism, led by Gianluigi Gugliermetto, Ph.D.
Retreats are created for parishioners but are open to others, as space permits. To enrol in a retreat, please contact Fr. Gianluigi firstname.lastname@example.org
The parish at present does not have facilities to accommodate guests overnight.
The Spirit liberates us to become fully human in our own time and place, to wrestle with the complexities of existence and the presence of evil and sin (...) This experience of the Spirit springs from one single reality: God and creation united. It is experience of God acting on us and on the world at the same time, relating us to the world and the world to us within our own ecosystems. There is no separation between action and prayer, ecological practice and celebration - Anne Primavesi