2023 US Retreat

October 16-19, 2023, St. Paul of the Cross, Pittsburg PA

Debie Thomas is a columnist and contributing editor for The Christian Century. From 2014 to 2022, she served as a staff writer for Journey with Jesus: A Weekly Webzine for the Global Church.

Her first book, Into the Mess and Other Jesus Stories, was published this spring and in now available. Her

published work includes spiritual memoir, book reviews, and reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary. She also serves as the Minister or Lifelong Formation at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Palo Alto, California.

Her Topic for our Retreat:

Sacred Connection: Engaging Spiritual Practices in a Turbulent World

How can Christian leaders make a case for robust spiritual practice in a culture that is harried, distracted, wounded and wary?

Session 1: Replenishing the Well
We can’t share from wells that are dry. We can’t lead others into places we haven’t discovered for ourselves.

Session 2: Giving Away What We Seek
How might we engage 21st century parishioners in the practices of our tradition?

Session 3: Lost in Translation
What is missing in contemporary spiritual practice?