ALL CHURCH RETREAT 2018
Friday, September 14, 2018 - Sunday, September 16, 2018
If “God is love,” and if “the gospel in a word is love,” why do Christians often struggle to love one another? The early church was marked by bickering and division. In the fourth century, the emperor Constantine convened the great Ecumenical Council of Nicaea “to stop the madness of theologians.” Christians just didn’t agree with one another…partly because they didn’t understand one another.
When you have something this good, you want to share it. And you want to get it right. But right for whom? Christians agree that prayer is important, but does one form of prayer fit all people? For some, the most important thing about prayer is that it illuminates the mind. For others, prayer should connect our hearts to God’s Presence at this very moment. Still others find the prayer of words hollow—they pray most deeply by heeding the advice of the psalmist: “Be still and know that I am God.” Another group finds that their most authentic prayer is what they do with their lives.
When churches teach that there is one correct way to pray, they try to force all their members in a box that cannot hold them. The same is true for ideas of worship, church music, the sermon, how we know God, and other church matters. Those that fit in the box cannot understand why their friends don’t join them inside. And those outside the box either believe that there is something wrong with them or that those in the box don’t care to understand that their needs are different.
During our September retreat, we will explore the various spiritual types and how each type accesses the holy. We will also explore the various forms of prayer and other spiritual practices that correspond to each spiritual type. At the conclusion of the retreat, participants will have a blueprint for the variety of spiritual practices that align with their type. Once we appreciate one another’s differences, we will find it easier to live the great commandment to love one another.
Rev. Mary Scifres
Rev. B. J. Beu