Spiritual Life Ministries
Spiritual Life Retreat for Ministers
Spouses, Chaplains, Retired, and United Church of Christ Ministers are also invited.
March 28th – 30th, 2022
10335 Maple Dell Rd., Marysville
Creating Community in a Divided Society
Led by David Belcastro
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 March 2nd. During the busyness of the Lenten season, the Ohio Spiritual Life Committee invites you to take a break together and come away to the annual Ministers' Spiritual Life Retreat from March 28-30, 2022 at Camp Christian to explore "Creating Community in a Divided Society" as clergy colleagues.
David Belcastro is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio, is past president of the International Thomas Merton Society, and past co-editor of The Merton Annual, as well as the author and presenter of numerous articles on Merton, Milosz, and Camus.
This retreat will not be lectures, but rather, conversations around the ideas of Confrontation, Conversation, and Community. We will participate in “engage spiritual formation” that integrates our spiritual formation with our pastoral work of creating and nurturing Christ-Centered Communities of faith, hope and compassion. With each session, David will provide a contemplative practice from four different traditions: Yoga, Sufi, Islam and Judaism. There will also be times for various other spiritual practices as well.
The Retreat begins with registration on Monday, March 28 at 1:00pm and ends on Wednesday, March 30 at noon. All retreat supplies, meals, and overnight accommodations are included. The registration fee for the whole Retreat is $130 perperson if you register by March 18th. After the 18th, the cost of the Retreat will be $145. Options are also available for Sunday overnight, one-day only attendance, and virtual access. You can register online (HERE) 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 Rev. Beckie Linn Gregory at firstname.lastname@example.org so the retreatants may offer prayer support for you.
If cost for this event is prohibitive, please email Spiritual Life Ministries Chairperson, Rev. Beckie Linn Gregory at email@example.com or Ohio Regional Pastor and President, Rev. Allen Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org for confidential assistance.
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.