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Our Facilitator: Kathlyn James

Theme: The term “Celtic spirituality” has become popular in Christian circles today. But what does it mean? In this retreat we will explore some of the great themes of the ancient Celtic church—themes like incarnational theology, a passion for the natural world, “thin places,” intimacy with God, solitude, community, love of art and poetry, respect for the feminine, generous hospitality, and spiritual practices through the day—that are especially relevant to today’s world, and point the way to the rebirth of the church in our time. Our mission statement at St. Stephen’s is: “We seek to know and love Christ, to know and love the stranger, to know and love each other.” Help us to live that mission by coming together with us for a weekend of shared reflections, experiences, fellowship and time to relax and enjoy nature’s wonders in the lovely setting of St. Andrew’s House. About the Retreat:

The retreat will be a time to play, knit, read, hike, sing, laugh and let someone else cook and clean. It will balance plenty of free time with the program content. We will begin on Friday evening with dinner and then an introduction to Celtic Christianity, with time for getting acquainted and settling in. On Sunday morning we will conclude with worship and communion followed by lunch. In between there will be group sessions and discussions on such topics as “Christ of the Celts,” “God in the Everyday,” and “Earth and Heaven Intertwined.” We will experience Celtic prayers, chanting, and music, including live music on the harp before bedtime. Saturday afternoon and evening will offer opportunities for arts and crafts, a video presentation, and walking the labyrinth, as well as hiking and other recreational activities of your choice.

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