2020 Women’s Retreat – Healing From Within
Our annual Women’s Retreat is a time set aside for all women in the parish to get to know one another in a focused, meaningful setting. Our facilitator, Fran McKendree, and our keynote, Dr. Catherine Meeks, will use the theme “Healing Within” to guide participants in group and individual work designed to heal our hearts from the inside out.
Dr. Claire Colombo of the Seminary of the Southwest will join us on Friday for a workshop about writing as a spiritual practice.
Roger Hutchinson, author of The Painting Table, will join us on Saturday for a painting workshop, and we will provide various other opportunities that promote relaxation, restoration and connection to one another.
We encourage all women to come for the full weekend if possible.
Space is limited
For more information, contact Aimee Bostwick.
Meet Dr. Catherine Meeks
Ph.D., Author, Racial Healing Consultant, Midwife to the Soul
For more than 30 years, Catherine has tirelessly advocated for racial healing and social justice in general, giving voice to those living on the margins of society and promoting a healthy racial dialogue worldwide. Her unique storytelling style has made her a popular speaker and workshop facilitator and continues to inspire her students in courses on race, gender and prejudice.
She is a newspaper columnist, a frequent radio commentator and the author of several well-known books, including “Standing on Their Shoulders: A Celebration of the Wisdom of African American Women.” Her most recent book is an edited volume titled “Living Into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America, published by Morehouse Publishing 2016.
Catherine is the retired Clara Carter Acree Distinguished Professor of Socio Cultural Studies and professor of Social Science and Director of the Lane Center for Community Engagement and Service at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga. She has been blessed with numerous awards and commendations for her commitment to social change, literacy and racial harmony, Catherine has been honored as a visiting distinguished scholar, Pepperdine University, Visiting Lecturer at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, frequent national workshop leader and lay preacher in the Episcopal Church since her retirement. She currently serves as the Chair of the Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta.
Meet Fran McKendree
While walking around his New York City neighborhood one day, looking for inspiration, Fran discovered a small Episcopal church. The next Sunday he and his wife, Diana, went to see what it was all about….finding an engaging, faithful, outreach minded and artistic gathering of seekers.
It was a breakthrough for Fran, opening a new spiritual path which led him to heed the call to to take some time for reflection.
He and Diana moved to a small town on Cape Cod, where, setting aside his music, he began to work with youth, build houses, and make furniture, eventually feeling a deep longing to make music again.
He has released several CDs, as well as producing recordings for other artists at his Teerivane Studios in Hendersonville, NC, where he and Diana now live. He has continued to develop and explore his calling; doing concerts, as music leader and coordinator for conferences, keynote presenter, mentor, and workshop leader.
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Meet Dr. Claire Colombo
Dr. Claire Miller Colombo, as director of the seminary’s writing center, facilitates the delivery of writing support services for all students and develops writing- and arts-related programming for the entire community. She oversees the publication of Soul by Southwest, the seminary’s literary and arts journal, and hosts Soul in the City, an event series featuring musicians and other artists from the wider Austin community. Colombo has served on the seminary’s faculty since 2012, teaching in the areas of writing, theology, and aesthetics, and she is co-author with Cynthia Briggs Kittredge of Colossians in the Wisdom Commentary series (Liturgical Press, 2017). Colombo develops religion curricula for Loyola Press of Chicago and writes literature, language arts, and humanities curricula for several other major publishers. She serves on the editorial team of Theopoetics: A Journal of Theological Imagination, Literature, Embodiment, and Aesthetics.
Meet Roger Hutchinson
Roger Hutchison is Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. Roger joined the staff of Palmer in June of 2015. Also an artist and writer, his first book, The Painting Table: A Journal of Loss and Joy has been used by people of all ages in schools, churches, and community groups across the United States. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the world and he regularly offers workshops nationally for children, youth and adults on how to express their thoughts and relationship with God through the art of painting with one’s hands, making it accessible to all. Roger’s second book, Under the Fig Tree: Visual Prayers and Poems for Lent was released in December of 2015 and quickly became a Church Publishing Lenten bestseller. Roger’s third book, My Favorite Color is Blue. Sometimes. was released by Paraclete Press in November 2017. Awarded in 2014 with the “Governor’s Order of the Silver Crescent,” South Carolina’s highest civilian honor for volunteer or community service, Roger now lives in Missouri City, Texas with his wife Kristin, their daughter Riley and Scout the cockapoo.