To say that it is challenging to serve a congregation and a community that are in the midst of crisis is an understatement. Such ministry demands more energy from us than we ever imagined we could give -- spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, personally. And, this ministry may leave us feeling discouraged and overwhelmed, and regardless of how hard we work that we are falling behind, both personally and professionally.
It is haunting and daunting service. It is depleting and rewarding simultaneously. It is life-changing and life-altering ministry. It is also spiritually and vocationally disorienting, as the daily-ness of the pressures and challenges of a crisis take from us an ability to mark our past or plan for the future.
In this three-day Circle of Trust® retreat, we invite you to join clergy and ministry colleagues who have experienced, served in, and ministered to Flint communities during the Flint Water Crisis.
Throughout our time, we will:
- Honor and celebrate our work through the crisis, acknowledging its blessings and struggles.
- Find rest and renewal to keep going in our present ministry through quiet reflection and shared contemplation.
- Spend time naviaging ministry and personal priorities.
- Listen deeply to ourselves, each other, and to God.
- Explore the future of our vocation and sense of calling by listening to our soul in solitude and community.
- Be fully present with one another in ways that affirm and heal.
- Extend an invitation to participate in a 200 year-old Quaker discernment process, called a Clearness Committee, in which an individual listens to the wisdom of the Spirit and their own spirit in deep ways and offers a gift to the whole community as committee members hear our own struggles, callings, and commitments reflected in the vulnerability and transparency of the focus person.
- Grow an increased sense of authentic wholeness.
Together, we will mark the journey and imagine the future in the fullness of their complexity and beauty.