We live in an age of confusion and uncertainty. Stress, anxiety, and alienation have disoriented us to the point that we may be unsure which way to go. How do we find our way and move forward with more focus and clarity?
Join us for a retreat to explore reorienting practices of our faith. During this time apart, you will be placed into a small group to reflect on these practices and begin the foundational work of turning your small group into a lasting covenant group. We hope that these groups continue beyond the retreat as a place of mutual support through challenging ministry times.
Finding Our Way: How Ancient Practices Help Us Navigate Stress, Anxiety, and Alienation is an accessible resource for groups and individuals that includes reflection prompts and discussion questions. The retreat will introduce the overall process and provide the basic rhythm of the groups. There will be time for questions and group interaction.
This retreat is open to all UMC clergy. It begins at 4pm on Tuesday with a welcoming activity to form small groups and ends with communion at 4pm on Wednesday. All meals are included from dinner Tuesday through lunch Wednesday. We are grateful to the Rev. Tom Greener for offering his gifts to lead this retreat for UMC clergy.
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Tom Greener brings together 30 years of experience in pastoral ministry, study in spirituality, and a desire to see disciples grow in faith and devotion. He holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in Classical Studies, a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological, a M.A. in Formative Spirituality from Duquesne University, and a DMin in Pastoral Leadership from Wesley Theological. From all those fields and all those perspectives he draws together a sense of ancient themes and modern needs.
His ministry in the local church began in western Pennsylvania, where he served eight years. He joined the North Carolina Conference more than two decades ago, and has served in various urban and suburban settings. He is an avid writer, reader, golfer, cyclist, and author of the book Finding Our Way: How Ancient Practices Help Us Navigate through Stress, Anxiety, and Alienation.