The late Gerald May, Christian psychiatrist and contemplative teacher, wrote in The Wisdom of Wilderness about the “power of slowing.” In a world filled with activity, distractions, and work to accomplish, “slowing” has the power to help us connect more deeply with the Source of our lives and help us to see more clearly. Slowing aids our attentiveness and gives us eyes to see what we ordinarily might miss.
This online, contemplative retreat is offered by Shade & Fresh Water for persons in the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. The retreat will give us a guided time for slowing, praying, and reflecting. We will gather online (Zoom) Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon (Eastern) / 9:00 – 11:00 am. (Central). The retreat will be guided by Rev. Dr. Jerry Webber.
We will begin at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern) / 9:00 a.m. (Central) with community prayer. Then Jerry will offer prompts for reflection and consideration based on the scripture for the day, poetry, story, and art. We will pause for about an hour of silence as we each explore the day’s theme for ourselves. The final 20 minutes of the retreat we will offer an opportunity to share our reflections from the silence. The retreat will conclude at 12:00 noon (Eastern) / 11:00 a.m. (Central).
Cost for the retreat is $15 per person and this is non-refundable. Please register for the retreat by Friday, April 30, 2021.
About the retreat leader:
Jerry Webber will lead the online retreat. Jerry is an experienced retreat leader, teacher, and spiritual director who has enjoyed a long friendship with Shade & Fresh Water and the Florida Annual Conference. He lives in Arkansas with his wife Paula.
The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church
450 Martin L King Jr Ave
Lakeland, FL 33815
(863) 688-5563 or toll free (800) 282-8011