During the weekend of October 6 – 8, the 20s/30s will gather for our annual retreat at the Rolling Ridge Study & Retreat Center in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. This year, we will be joined by Pastor Leila Ortiz, Assistant to the Bishop of the ELCA’s Metro DC Synod. She will lead us in a conversation on reconciliation with ourselves, our siblings in Christ, and with our God. Rides to and from the retreat center are available, and all meals will be provided. The cost of attendance is $25/person (payable via cash or check upon arrival at the retreat center); however, fee waivers are available.
Registration is open until Wednesday, September 27th. To register, please complete the registration form on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-retreat-registration-37392136888 If you have any questions regarding the retreat, please contact Vanesa Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org And, for more information on the theme of the retreat, please see below.
If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself… entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. –2 Corinthians 5:17-20
Our moment in time, and ecclesial space, is calling for transformative reconciliation. God is inviting all those who are in Christ into a new creation where old things have passed away, and everything has become new. But what of the old is still threatening the new? What of the things that are intended to pass away still linger and threaten to destroy our ecclesial and physical bodies and souls? What of God’s intention is muddied by the sin we do and the sin we endure? During our time away in retreat we will explore these questions, wrestle with the weight of the answers we discover together, and pray for transformative reconciliation; that we may be reconciled with ourselves, our siblings in Christ, and with our God.