January 30-31, 2017 at
The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, PA
The Rev. Dr. John Largen
Pastor John Largen is currently called by the Lower Susquehanna Synod Council to serve as the “Chaplain for the Transition” at Gettysburg Seminary and as the Stated Supply at Zion Church, Glen Rock, PA. Until recently, he served as the interim pastor at St. John’s Church, Littlestown, PA. Before coming to our synod in 2012, John served on the staff of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, SC, for 26 years; the last 13 years as “Pastor to the Seminary Community for Spiritual Formation.” His first call was to a three-point parish near New Market, VA. John holds a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Direction from the Graduate Theological Foundation, South Bend, IN. He is married to Kristin Johnston Largen who serves as Professor of Systematic Theology and Dean of LTSG. Together they are the proud parents of a handsome but willful Jack Russell Terrier named Henry.
This retreat is subsidized by the rebate we earned from Portico Benefits Service by completing our health assessments.
The subsidized cost of $100 for double-occupancy or $200 for single-occupancy for overnight attendees includes lodging, program, lunch, a three-course dinner, and buffet breakfast at the 5-star Hotel Hershey. Retreat participants are welcome to schedule additional nights prior to and after the retreat for personal rest and renewal at the negotiated rate of $144 per room per evening.
Thanks to our Portico grant, this event is available at the subsidized cost to all full-time, active rostered leaders (and spouses). This retreat is also available at the subsidized cost to ministry employees under contract or call (and spouses) who receive Portico health insurance benefits.
Date: Monday, January 30, 2017 and Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Location: The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, PA
Registration Deadline: January 6, 2017 at midnight. No walk-in registrations will be taken.
Payment accepted via credit card (through the online registration system) or by check through the US Postal System.
If you'd like to pay by check, your payment must be postmarked no later than January 7, 2017 or your reservation may not be held. Please mail a copy of your confirmation email and check to:
Recommended Pre-Retreat reading: Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life by Marjorie J. Thompson
Monday, January 30th
9:00 am: Registration Opens
9:45 am: Morning Prayer & Praise
10:00 am: Opening Remarks
10:15 am: Spiritual Resilience: Biblical & Ecclesial Wisdom for the Professionally Holy led by Pastor John Largen
12:00 pm: Lunch
1: 00 pm: The Geography of Silence, A Cow's Cud, and the Art of Prayer led by Pastor John Largen
2:30 pm: Break
3:00 to 4:30 pm: Optional Sessions (tentative line-up)
Optional sessions include:
“When I am cold & disinterested in prayer:” Confessions from the Barbershop led by Pastor John Largen
In 1535, Dr. Luther's long-time friend and barber asked him if he could "teach an ordinary man like me to pray?" Luther took his friend seriously. He went home and wrote a 34-page treatise entitled "A Simple Way to Pray." In this presentation by John Largen, we will hear Luther's surprising advice for developing the "habit of prayer," based on his own lived experience. Here we have the clearest window into the great reformer's spiritual life and devotional practice. Come and (re-)learn the one genuinely unique Lutheran contribution to the church's broad, rich spiritual tradition.
"Discover your spiritual type" led by Deacon Marsha Roscoe
Our personal spiritual type expresses who we are and how we relate to God. Learn how to journey into spirituality and experience different paths toward God during these two sessions. First we will explore together four spirituality types and identify our personal paths of spirituality. In the second session, experience spiritual practices shaped in response to your personal spiritual expression. Based on the work of Corinne Ware, *Marsha provides resources for personal and congregational use. *Discover your Spiritual Type: A Guide to Individual and Congregational Growth by Corine Ware
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction led by Julie Falk, RN, MS, RYT
MBSR is a time tested program that has helped thousands of people improve the quality of their lives since it was first implemented at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979. Today, programs based on the one developed there by Dr. John Kabat-Zinn exist throughout the world in communities and hospitals. Julie Falk's program in Gettysburg is modeled on the same curriculum. During the session Julie helps us better understand Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (or MBSR). More information on her website at www.mindthemoment.org.
Julie M. Falk RN, MS has been a registered nurse for 30 years. In addition to her personal practices in meditation and yoga, she holds a Master's degree in health education. She has earned and received full certification to teach MBSR through The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society at University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500) with speciality in therapeutic yoga. Julie is a doctoral student in psychology at Saybrook University.
4:00 pm: Hotel room check-in guaranteed by 4:00 PM
6:00 pm: Dinner
8:30 pm: Evening Prayer
Tuesday, January 31st
7 - 9:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 am: Morning Prayer
9:15 am: "Developing a Rule of Life" Led by Pastor John Largen and Deacon Marsha Roscoe
10:00 am: Time with Bishop Dunlop
10:30 am: Closing Eucharist
Monday, January 30, 2017 - Tuesday, January 31, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
The Hotel Hershey100 Hotel RoadHershey, Pennsylvania 17033USA717-533-2171
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