This practical and inspirational workshop demonstrates how liturgy can be more than just well-orchestrated services, but authentic experiences of worship by the creative and prayerful use of scripture, music, space, and silence.
Each year, thousands of youth and young adults experience a unique week-long retreat at the modern monastic Ecumenical Community of Taizé in France. They share the riches of Christian scripture, prayer, and community life in an ecumenical and international setting. This pilgrimage, for youth and young adults ages 16 through 30, also includes two days in Paris to explore religious and other cultural sites.
Morocco, long a land of diverse cultures and a stronghold for the Muslim World, is the setting of this informative and inspiring interfaith study tour. Strategically scheduled during the holy month of Ramadan, participants will gain a deeper understanding of Islam: its theology, spirituality, and its relationship to the daily lives of Muslims.
Lectures, guest speakers, power point and video presentations
Meetings with local officials, religious leaders and scholars
Two-day International Conference
Lectures will take place at historic sites in
Casablanca, Marrakesh, Fez and Rabat
This time-honored use of the Bible connects scripture to one’s daily life, informs one’s personal prayer and meditation, and leads one to further transformation of life in Christ.
Movies make profound impact on popular culture by portraying life in strikingly bold and poignant ways. Participants view and discuss contemporary movies and explore ways their themes relate to Christian faith and life.
Informed by the Appreciative Inquiry model of assessing and advancing the ministry of congregations, these one or two-day reviews give clergy and lay leaders opportunity to take stock of current ministries and practices, plan ways to strengthen those, and develop new ministries.
Roots & Branches offers retreats and workshops for parish leaders to review current ministries and design strategies to further engage the mission of the congregation. Such events emphasize both the spiritual underpinnings of Christian ministry as well as the practical aspects of parish leadership. These practical aspects include clarification of roles, parameters of authority, and appreciation of the various gifts and talents that exist among parish leaders, and in the congregation as a whole. Specialized retreats and workshops can be created to serve particular needs of congregations.
Vital churches are filled with members who use their lives to spread the blessings of God. Participants in this workshop learn how to more fully experience the joys of accomplishing God’s purposes and to show others how to do the same.
The season of Easter is a time for refreshment and renewal in the lives of Christians. This retreat is specifically designed to give clergy and religious space for enlivened encounters with God through art, scripture and devotions. Participants come away reinvigorated in their love and faithfulness to God.