In the Sawtooth Mountains along the shore of Lake Superior, ten clergywomen spent a week exploring Celtic Christianity and immersing themselves in nature, prayer, art and exercises to deepen awareness of God’s presence.
Offered through the Office of Pastoral Care and Counseling, the week was led by Dr. Mary Bellon and Rev. Nan Smith and designed to allow the participants to bring leadership as well.
Dr. Lanette Plambeck, Rev. Lee Schott, Rev. Beth Harbaugh, Rev. Elizabeth Bell, Rev. Cathy Nutting, Rev. Mary Green, Rev. Sue Thomas, and Rev. Sarah Rohret all brought morning and evening devotions that included interactive worship, readings, chants, art, video and probing discussion.
The women spent mornings and evenings in devotional time and program exercises, then hiked in the afternoon. They also enjoyed an evening around the fire sharing stories and roasting marshmallows. The main resource guide for the week was Sounds of the Eternal by John Philip Newell. Those sounds came through from the sharing of life together in intentional community.
“It was an experience of Sabbath and delight, a time of creativity and hearing the voice of the Holy in many ways,” Rev. Mary Bellon said.
The women hope to offer more retreats next year for others who might wish for such a great way to retreat together. For more information, contact Rev. Mary Bellon by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 515-244-2994.