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A Contemplative Retreat for Spiritual Leaders

The Center for Congregational Spirituality is pleased to offer Spiritual Leadership in Communities of Faith: A Contemplative Retreat, August 8–August 13, 2020, at the Transfiguration Spirituality Center near Cincinnati, Ohio. This six-day retreat is open to ordained clergy, paid religious professionals, and qualified lay leaders (especially those who’ve attended a denominational leadership school).

Built on the foundation of spiritual direction/guidance/companioning, the retreat slr-2018.pngemphasizes bringing the benefits of the practice into three spheres: your personal spiritual life, the life of your faith community, and the wider world. Each day the retreat, you’ll learn to integrate the art and practice of spiritual direction into your life and ministry through a daily routine of contemplative worship, engagement with the history and practice of spiritual direction, opportunities to participate in individual and group spiritual direction, and time for reflection—both individually and in community.

Spiritual Leadership in Communities of Faith: A Contemplative Retreat begins with and ingathering dinner at 4:00 pm on Saturday, August 8, and ends with lunch at 12:30 pm on Thursday, August 13. Each day will be built around an intentional pattern of theory, practice, and reflection. Mornings will begin with a contemplative worship experience that will lead into a didactic session on some aspect of spiritual direction. Afternoons will offer the opportunity to practice—in dyads and small groups—what we’ve learned that day. And each evening will conclude with time for individual and group reflection, followed by a closing contemplative worship.

The cost of the retreat is $1750, which includes tuition and all instructional materials, a private room, and meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). Scholarships are available. As are discounts for individuals sharing a double room (two twin beds) and commuters.

Registration now open. But we’re offering a special early bird registration period until the end of December 2019. For more information, contact Sue Sinnamon at or visit

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