Spiritual Life Ministries
Spiritual Life Retreat for Ministers
Spouses and Retired Ministers are also invited to attend.
February 18th – 20th, 2020
The Herald B. Monroe Lodge
at Camp Christian
10335 Maple Dell Rd., Marysville, OH 43040
Theme: "Spirit Sense: Engaging the Gift of our Senses in the Discovery of God"
Thomas Merton wrote, "The spiritual life is first of all a life. It is not merely something to be known and studied, it is to be lived." As clergypersons, the busyness of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany have passed, and the season of Lent is just ahead on our calendars with Ash Wednesday on February 26th. Before that day, the Ohio Spiritual Life Committee invites you to take a break together and come away to the annual Ministers' Spiritual Life Retreat from February 18-20, 2020 at Camp Christian to explore "Spirit Sense: Engaging the Gift of our Senses in the Discovery of God" as clergy colleagues.
Our Retreat leader is the Rev. Dave Long-Higgins, Transitional Conference Minister for the UCC in Ohio, West Virginia, and Northern Kentucky, who will facilitate our two days of rest, relaxation, and discovery together. A parish pastor for over 30 years, Dave’s passion is to see individuals and churches grow in their sense of the alive presence of God and all that this discovery calls forth to be signs of good news in the world so that all may flourish.
The Retreat begins with registration on Tuesday at 1:00 and ends on Thursday at noon. All retreat supplies, meals, and overnight accommodations are included. An optional Monday overnight stay at Camp is an additional $27. There is also a “Wednesday Only” option for $55. The registration fee for the whole Retreat is $110 perperson if you register by February 10th. After the 10th, the cost of the Retreat will be $125. You can register online through the link above or through the mail with the registration form.
Retreat participants are asked to bring a favorite snack and/or beverage to share with the group. Also, please bring any of your favorite resources or books on spirituality to share on a book table during the Retreat.
If you are unable to attend the retreat, you are invited to be in prayer support of the retreatants during this retreat . . . but if you cannot attend and are in need of prayers yourself, please email Deb Bolen at firstname.lastname@example.org so the retreatants may offer prayer support for you.
The Regional Spiritual Life Ministry meets at least once a year in person to plan for
Retreats at Camp Christian and to discuss possible new ministries for the Spiritual Life of Ohio. We also meet at the Minister's Retreat in February and have had some phone conference calls.
We feel we are expanding the programs at camp for creating community and giving new opportunity for ministers and laity to deepen their
Christian Spirituality. We hope and pray that God will bring in all of this, Transformation of body, mind and spirit. It is an effort to reach out beyond those we have been able to touch through the Ministers' Retreat to include other ministers and the laity of the church in Ohio and beyond.