HOW DO CHRISTIANS HANDLE CONFLICT?
In our tightly scheduled lives with many pressures and distractions, time for reflection, quiet, and spaciousness is rare. To take a break from the many demands of modern life, observe advent, and find opportunities to listen to God, participate in Immanuel’s annual Advent Retreat from Friday evening, December 6, through the noon meal on Sunday, December 8.
“How do Christians handle conflict?” will be the retreat theme. Jesus was born into a world of conflict, and his life led him to the cross, where he triumphed in cosmic conflict between good and evil, life and death. In Advent, we wait for the coming of Christ into the here and now, into this world of ours, which is no less conflictual than the one Jesus knew. Advent also helps us wait for the triumphant coming of Christ in the end times -- more conflict! In our silent retreat, we will pause a few times to reflect together on conflict, and how, even though God may not rescue us or insulate us from conflict, God is nonetheless beside us, between us, and within us, in all the complexity, conflict, and wondrous beauty of our lives as God’s people.
The Rev. Deacon Stephen Crippen, Immanuel Church-on-the Hill, will lead the retreat which begins Friday afternoon, December 6, shortly before the evening meal and will end after the noon meal on Sunday, December 8. The retreat will be at Holy Cross Abbey, Berryville, Virginia, which is an hour and fifteen minute drive from our church. For more information on the monastery, see their website https://www.virginiatrappists.org/about/.
The $350.00 registration fee includes all materials, comfortable accommodations, individual rooms each with a bathroom, and all meals. Following Holy Cross Abbey policy, we may not be able to accommodate retreat reservations received after November 9.
Registration is limited to 15 persons; please reserve your space using the registration form above. If you have questions about retreat logistics, please contact Mary Ann Rehnke, email@example.com or 703-836-7142. Participants needing a ride to the Abbey may contact the retreat carpooling coordinator, Carla Murray, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-751-9241