2019 Women’s Retreat – Love Heals
Our Annual Women’s Retreat serves to support and connect all women in the Parish. Join us for an intergenerational weekend of spiritual nourishment, relaxation, fellowship, and healing.
This years theme, Love Heals, is inspired by our Keynote speaker, Becca Stevens (read more about Becca below). In Becca’s latest Book, Love Heals, she outlines principles that have transformed lives. Each chapter brings encouragement and practical steps for anyone going through a difficult season or searching for a deeper faith:
Love heals by the mercy of God.
Love heals with compassion.
Love heals during the act of forgiving.
Love heals past our fears.
Love heals across the world.
We’re thrilled to welcome Becca and to announce that musician Fran McKendree will once again facilitate the retreat.
Day Rate: $100
Full Weekend Rate: $285
Confidential scholarships available upon request.
For more information, contact Aimee Bostwick.
Meet Becca Stevens
Becca Stevens is an author, speaker, priest, social entrepreneur, founder and president of Thistle Farms. After experiencing the death of her father and subsequent child abuse when she was 5, Becca longed to open a sanctuary for survivors offering a loving community. In 1997, five women who had experienced trafficking, violence, and addiction were welcomed home.
Twenty years later, the organization continues to welcome women with free residence that provide housing, medical care, therapy and education for two years. Residents and graduates earn income through one of four social enterprises. The Global Market of Thistle Farms helps employ more than 1,800 women worldwide, and the national network has more than 40 sister communities.
Becca has been featured in the New York Times, on ABC World News and NPR, was recently named a 2016 CNN Hero and a White House “Champion of Change.” She was featured in the PBS documentary, A Path Appears, named Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America and inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame. Stevens attended the University of the South and Vanderbilt Divinity School. She has been conferred 3 honorary doctorates.
Her newest book, Love Heals, was published by Harper Collins in September of 2017 and is available for purchase here. Becca lives in Nashville with her husband, Grammy-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon, and their three sons.
Click HERE to see Becca honored as a CNN Hero.
Click HERE to learn more.
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.
Click HERE to learn more.