Rethinking Our Summer Rest

Posted by Becky Eldredge on Jun 19, 2020 7:02:00 AM
Becky Eldredge

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Pivot. We are doing a whole lot of pivoting in life, aren’t we? Personally, professionally, socially, and even spiritually. 

Summer, for many of us in ministry, is our time to slow down, to pause, to reflect, and to recalibrate for the coming year of ministry. Often, it is the time we give ourselves permission to take time off, go on vacation, or even make time for a retreat. Due to the realities of life at the moment, even our rest this summer invites us to explore new and creative ways to rejuvenate and reconnect with the source of our ministry and call.

Here are a few virtual offerings to consider as summer retreat alternatives:

Online Busy Person’s Retreat: 

With many retreat houses currently closed this summer the Online Busy Person’s Retreat offers you a retreat from the comfort of your home. Started in 2017, this is a personalized, directed retreat that comes to you, wherever you are. The retreat includes one-on-one spiritual direction sessions with Ignatian-trained spiritual directors via video chat for about an hour each day, for four days. The next session is June 22–25. Read what previous participants have to say and register here.

Overwhelmed No More Retreat:

This is a prayerfully created, self-paced, six-week retreat to help you intentionally pause, pray, and embrace a path of abundant hope, peace, and purpose. It will help you answer questions such as: 

  • With the overwhelming reality of what we are facing today, how can we continue to discover God’s vision for our lives?
  • How can I discover and use my gifts to be the change I desire to see in this world?

Throughout the process, there are weekly videos, spiritual tools, and resources focused on six key ways we can discover God’s vision for our lives: knowing we are not alone, praying in daily life, centering our life around God, clarifying our yeses, choosing between goods, and walking boldly with peace. This unique online retreat, based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, provides an individual retreat experience within a virtual community of faith.

Live Virtual Retreats:

Many retreat houses and ministries are offering live virtual retreats with trained retreat facilitators. These retreats are offering space to be guided in prayer, to be with God, and to also be together with a community. The next live virtual retreat I will offer is in collaboration with Bellarmine Retreat House, on either June 30 or July 1. Consider seeing if your favorite retreat house is offering a virtual day or evening of prayer. 

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Topics: prayer, Ignatian retreat, retreat, ministry

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