Maintaining Fierce Hope: Refreshing Our Grip on What Sustains Us
Minnesota Conference UCC Clergy Retreat
January 18, 5 pm–January 20, 11:30 am
Christ the King Retreat Center, Buffalo, MN
Fee: $150 (private room) or $130 (shared double room)
After a long season of being apart, actively serving clergy from around the Minnesota Conference UCC are invited to come together on retreat. We will gather at the confluence of winter time, COVID time, and liturgical time. Then and there we will have gentle invitations to rest, to reconnect, to recognize losses, and to recommit to both familiar and unfolding shapes of ministry. Hope, whether in plain sight or hidden, will enliven these invitations, setting loose through them the potential for a circling flow of compassion and courage. In these quiet winter days, with their share of darkness and perhaps harsh weather, it will be so good to come together.
Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will be required for all participants, and face masks and physical distancing will be required in some spaces throughout the event. You will find the Conference’s COVID-19 Safety Guidelines. Please contact Rev. Kevin Brown, Associate Conference Minister, for more information and with any questions.
Rev. Dr. Martha Brunell has been in ministry since the 1970s as a local pastor in the United Church of Christ, primarily in marginal urban settings, as a hospice chaplain, as a founding director of a domestic violence agency, as adjunct faculty at Eden Seminary and Aquinas Institute of Theology, as a spiritual director, as a writer and facilitator of writing groups, as a retreat and workshop leader, and as someone who lives at the crossroads of spirituality and the earth. Martha was once described as “a contemplative who knows how to pick up the telephone and get things done.” She lives in Chicago and currently maintains practices in spiritual direction, writing group facilitation, and retreat and workshop leadership. She is also trained as an advanced certified labyrinth facilitator and as a Soul Collage facilitator and is in training now with the Association of Forest and Nature Therapy to be a guide for Forest Therapy Walks.