Monday, February 8, 2016

Peace in the Struggle: Lent with Thomas Merton *an online retreat*


Lent and Holy Week, February 10-March 27, 2016

PEACE IN THE STRUGGLE:
 Lent with Thomas Merton

an online retreat


Once again, we are offering an online Lenten retreat inspired by the life and writings of Thomas Merton, 20th century Trappist monk, writer, poet, spiritual teacher, artist, social critic, and pioneer in interreligious and intermonastic dialogue. In his Trappist community, he was known as Father Louis.

Our theme this year is "Peace in the Struggle." We will explore some of the meanings and dimensions of this theme, with attention both to our inner lives and to the lives and struggles in the world around us.

Though most of us are not monks, part of Merton's great appeal is that his writings speak to persons in many walks of life. Their honesty encourages our own. 


 
Each week of the retreat will feature short passages from Merton's writings. (Those of you who have taken an online Lenten retreat will encounter some familiar passages, but other excerpts from Merton's works will be new this year. As in the past, the writings will come in the several genres in which Merton wrote: poetry, prayer, journal, essay, memoir.



These readings (they will be brief: this is a retreat, not a course) will be posted three times a week, usually on Monday morning, Wednesday evening, and Saturday morning. The retreat will continue through Holy Week, until the celebration of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Along with the writings by Merton will be suggestions for reflection, meditation, journal-keeping (verbal or visual), and prayer which participants can use and adapt to their daily life and to their own spiritual practice.

It is up to you to make the retreat your own. You can do so while remaining anonymous and simply following the retreat on the retreat blog (which is open only to retreatants and not searchable on the internet), or you can participate in conversation with other retreatants through the comments feature of each blog post.


An online retreat? How does that work?

* The retreat offers resources  quotes, spiritual exercises, and prayers (with some images as well to nourish you visually) online on a blog. More specifically, a closed blog.

* What's a closed blog? It's a blog like this, but it is not public: it is open only to those whom the blog owner-administrator (that's me) has signed in. In other words, it is not open to anybody wandering around the internet. It is not "searchable": random web surfers will not be able to view either the blog or our conversations in the comments.

* Once you register for the retreat, I will send instructions for the one-time-only sign-in mechanism. After that, the blog will always recognize you.

Registration and payment

Although the retreat begins on Ash Wednesday, you may register until the second week of Lent. Ideally, it is best to begin very early in Lent, but most of us don't live ideal lives. If you want the support and opportunity this retreat provides, you are welcome.

To register, write me, Jane Redmont, at readwithredmont@earthlink.net if you plan to pay by check: I will acknowledge your registration and send you the mailing address. I will also notify you when I receive your check.

OR
 

If you are paying by credit or debit card or PayPal, simply register and pay by using the PayPal button below. (You can use this button and its secure connection to pay with a card even if you don't have a PayPal account.)

The PayPal payment will record your name and e-mail address and serve as your registration. You will receive an acknowledgment from me within 24 hours.

Payment is non-refundable and due upon registration.

If you are in a situation of financial stress, please write me and we can arrange for a discount or scholarship.

If you wish to help make more scholarships possible, just check and pay the "benefactor" rate below.


Retreat fees (choose one)



Thursday, February 4, 2016

Howard Thurman: Nine Days in Lent *online retreat *

Got a late start on Lent?
Interested in (re-)discovering the work of a wise guide?
Need spiritual support?
Want a short and more intense retreat rather than a longer retreat?
Longing for some prayerful and reflective time in your busy life?



Please join us.

Monday, February 22 to Tuesday, March 1, 2016


Howard Thurman:
Nine Days in Lent

* An online nine-day retreat, with the help of the writings of Howard Thurman (1898-1981).

* Simple and accessible:
one short passage from Thurman's writings each day
one (related) spiritual exercise each day
one prayer each day
* In your daily life: read, meditate, and pray in a way that suits your schedule.

* You'll need 20 minutes a day of focused time (any time, night or day) and a computer or tablet with internet access.

* Spiritual refreshment, nurture, and challenge for your Lenten journey.


Howard Thurman (1899-1981), a philosopher, educator, theologian, and pastor, was an African American born in the segregated South during the Jim Crow era. Nourished by the rich traditions of the Black Church and ordained as a Baptist minister, he was deeply influenced by Quaker thought, especially the mysticism and nonviolence of Rufus Jones. He was also a pioneer in interreligious understanding. His writings --books, prayers, meditations, and sermons-- are rooted in Christianity yet accessible and pertinent to people whose wisdom path is "spiritual but not religious."

Howard Thurman exercised a deep influence on some of the  Civil Rights Movement's leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He traveled to India to meet Gandhi in the 1930s with the first group of African Americans to do so. Thurman served as the first Black Dean of Marsh Chapel, the university chapel at Boston University, and founded the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, a multicultural, multiracial, and interfaith congregation in San Francisco which is still in existence today.
Thurman's book Jesus and the Disinherited predated Black liberation theology by a generation.


An online retreat? How does that work?

* The retreat offers daily resources (the quotes, spiritual exercises, and prayers mentioned above, with some images as well to nourish you visually) online on a blog. More specifically, a closed blog.

* What's a closed blog? It's a blog like this, but it is not public: it is open only to those whom the blog owner-administrator (that's me) has signed in. In other words, it is not open to anybody wandering around the internet. It is not "searchable": random web surfers will not be able to view either the blog or our conversations in the comments.

* Once you register for the retreat, I will send instructions for the one-time-only sign-in mechanism. After that, the blog will always recognize you.

Registration and payment

To register, write me, Jane Redmont, at readwithredmont@earthlink.net if you plan to pay by check, and I will acknowledge your registration and send you the mailing address. I will also notify you when I receive your check.

OR
 

If you want to pay by credit or debit card or with a PayPal account, simply register and pay in a single transaction using the PayPal button below. (You can use that button and its secure connection to pay with a credit or debit card even if you don't have a PayPal account.)

The PayPal payment will record your name and e-mail address and serve as your registration. You will receive an acknowledgment from me within 24 hours.

Payment is non-refundable and due upon registration.

 
If you are in a situation of financial stress, please write me and we can arrange for a discount, payment plan, or scholarship. (If you wish to help make more scholarships possible, just check the "benefactor" rate below.)


Retreat fee (choose one)



Privacy and community

During the retreat, you can remain private and just read the blog and use the quotes, spiritual exercises, and prayers on your own.

or


If you wish, you can share your thoughts, experiences, and questions via the comments function on the blog and engage in conversation with other retreatants and with the retreat facilitator.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Dorothee Soelle: Nine Days in Lent * online retreat *

Need spiritual support during the fourth week of Lent?
It's not too late!
Join us for a time of reflection, practice, and prayer.
Monday, March 9 to Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Dorothee Soelle:
Nine Days in Lent

* An online nine-day spiritual retreat, with the help of the writings of Dorothee Soelle (1928-2003).

* Simple and accessible:
one short passage from Soelle's writings each day
one (related) spiritual exercise each day
one prayer each day
* In your daily life: read, meditate, and pray in a way that suits your schedule.

* You'll need 20 minutes a day of focused time (any time, night or day) and a computer or tablet with internet access.

* Spiritual refreshment, nurture, and challenge for your Lenten journey.


Dorothee Soelle (also spelled Sölle) (1928-2003) was a German theologian, poet, peace activist, Protestant and ecumenical Christian, spouse and mother, teacher, socialist, and from mid-life on, feminist. She was the author of The Silent Cry: Mysticism and Resistance, Against the Wind: Memoir of a Radical Christian, Revolutionary Patience, Theology for Skeptics, and many other works. Soelle wrote in an accessible manner --mostly in prose, sometimes in poems-- and not in the form of long academic treatises. Her chosen topics, though, were often challenging: silence and language in the struggle to name God; suffering and the vulnerability of God; Jesus the risk-taker and the community of the friends of Jesus; history, evil, and Christian political engagement; the church as community of memory, resistance, and hope.
 


This retreat will be especially helpful if you  
--are struggling with the challenge of staying hopeful in hard times 
--want to explore connections between Christian spirituality and social justice
--are busy and yearn for some quiet and inspiration
--are honest about your struggles in faith
--want to rekindle your relationship with God
--got a late start on Lent
An online retreat? How does that work?

* The retreat offers daily resources (the quotes, spiritual exercises, and prayers mentioned above, with some images as well to nourish you visually) online on a blog. More specifically, a closed blog.

* What's a closed blog? It's a blog like this, but it is not public: it is open only to those whom the blog owner-administrator (that's me) has signed in. In other words, it is not open to anybody wandering around the internet. It is not "searchable": random web surfers will not be able to view either the blog or our conversations in the comments.

* Once you register for the retreat, I will send instructions for the one-time-only sign-in mechanism. After that, the blog will always recognize you.

Registration and payment

To register, write me, Jane Redmont, at readwithredmont@earthlink.net if you plan to pay by check, and I will acknowledge your registration and send you the mailing address. I will also notify you when I receive your check.

OR
 
If you want to pay by credit or debit card or with a PayPal account, simply register and pay in a single transaction using the PayPal button below. (You can use that button and its secure connection to pay with a credit or debit card even if you don't have a PayPal account.)

The PayPal payment will record your name and e-mail address and serve as your registration. You will receive an acknowledgment from me within 24 hours.

Payment is non-refundable and due upon registration.

If you are in a situation of financial stress, please write me and we can arrange for a discount, payment plan, or scholarship. (If you wish to help make more scholarships possible, just check the "benefactor" rate below.)


Retreat fee (choose one)



Privacy and community

During the retreat, you can remain private and just read the blog and use the quotes, spiritual exercises, and prayers on your own.

or

If you wish, you can share your thoughts, experiences, and questions via the comments function on the blog and engage in conversation with other retreatants and with the retreat facilitator.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Dark Radiance: An African/American Online Advent Retreat

Dark Radiance:
An African/American Advent
online retreat
December 1 to December 24, 2015

with option to continue(at no extra charge)
through the 12 days of Christmas
till January 6, 2016

See below the illustration
 for information
and registration.

Henry Ossawa Tanner (African American artist, 1859-1937)
"Angels Appearing before the Shepherds," c. 1910, oil on canvas
(Smithsonian American Art Museum)

Dark Radiance: An African/American Advent is an online spiritual retreat in the Christian tradition, accompanying your daily life during the season of Advent and, if you choose, during the twelve days of Christmas, till January 6, feast of the Epiphany. 
(There is no additional cost for the Christmas portion of the retreat. It's a Christmas present.)
An online retreat enables you to participate at home or any other place where you have a computer or tablet with internet access. You can read, meditate, and pray in a way that suits your schedule. Twenty minutes a day is a nice rhythm, but you can check in less often, or more often, and for a shorter or longer time if you wish. It's up to you. The resources for the retreat will be waiting for you on the retreat site. (More information on the technical aspect of the retreat below.)
Advent is a season of hope and waiting, a season of prophecy and righteous anger, a season of taking the long view. In Advent, we discover both God's patience and God's impatience. Advent wakes us up but also comforts us.
Join us in living and praying mindfully through the season of Advent.

In our online retreat, most (though not all) of our Advent retreat resources (images, music, words of wisdom) will come from African American artists, authors, theologians, communities, and traditions. A few will be from African sources, which is why I have spelled the title "African/American."

Our online retreats have always drawn on diverse resources and traditions. Those of you who participated last year in the Advent retreat Whirlwinds and Waiting may remember that some of our resources --music, art, prayer, social analysis-- were African American. This year we ask even more intentionally:
How can we live the invitation into the season of Advent and the reality of God's Incarnation in a world in a land with a wrenching inheritance of racial divisions and racial injustice? ...in a time when incarceration and violent death devastate so many in African American communities? ...in this era of Black Lives Matter? ...in a nation with rich African American legacies of art, beauty, science and technology, and religion?
Advent challenges us with struggle, suffering, and the prophetic call to do justice. It also blesses us with beauty and comforts us with hope.
 
I have designed this retreat keeping in mind a story from another context (Christian-Jewish relations) told by Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum and recounted by Krister Stendahl at a conference in 1983. In this story a man asked his neighbor, "Do you know what really hurts me?" "No," came the reply. "Then how can you love me, if you do not know what hurts me?" the neighbor answered. Stendahl said the story must be rephrased also to ask the question "Do you know what makes me glad?"

Details...

Spiritual practices for both prayer and daily living will anchor us as well as launch us, with God's help, into a future we can only begin to imagine. During our time together we will have a chance to practice (as we are able):
lament
listening
gazing
remembering
learning
imagining
discerning
practicing justice
committing acts of hope
and, of course,
communal prayer

Dark Radiance will offer resources and practices organized according to a steady rhythm:

* Sunday (or Saturday evening) Scriptural reflection
* a pause to ponder each new week of Advent with one or more of the biblical readings in the Sunday lectionary (usually the Revised Common Lectionary) and a related reflection.
* Mindfulness Monday
* a piece of art or music to gaze at or listen to with full attention
 * guidance in a simple spiritual practice to focus the beginning of each work week.
(You may choose to focus on one or the other of these -- or both.)
* Midweek check-in
* a time to pause in the midst of our busy lives, name the struggles in and around us, and touch base again with the message(s) of the Advent season. It can be a time to lament, listen, gaze, remember, dream, and discern.
* Friday Forum: Courage, Creativity, and Hope
* examples of hope incarnate, of God-among-us: people, stories, communities, events.
* And here and there...
* ... a piece of music, a bit of wisdom, an image to contemplate, a saint's feast to celebrate. We will commemorate special feast days (and sequences of days) within the season.
An online retreat? How does that work?

* The retreat offers daily resources (the quotes, spiritual exercises, and prayers mentioned above, with some images as well to nourish you visually, and some music here and there) online on a blog. More specifically, a closed blog.

* What's a closed blog? It's a blog like this, but it is not public: it is open only to those whom the blog owner-administrator (that's me) has signed in. In other words, it is not open to anybody wandering around the internet. It is not "searchable": random web surfers will not be able to view either the blog or our conversations in the comments.

* Do I have to talk to other people on the retreat? I'm a very private person.

and/or

* Can I get some support here? I need to talk.

Jane's online retreats offer you a choice: it is up to you to find your preferred balance between the solitary and the communal, between privacy and solidarity.

You can and may remain private and just read the blog and use the practices and meditations on your own. Nobody will force you to speak or disclose who you are. Use the retreat according to your personality and your circumstances. The retreat is like a room in which you are welcome to sit in the company of others and to be either visible or invisible.


Or you can and may take part in conversation with other retreatants. Conversation during the retreat takes place in writing, via the comments on the blog posts of the retreat blog. Please be prepared to observe confidentiality and respect for other participants' diverse experiences and outlooks.

Registration and payment

To register, write me, Jane Redmont, at readwithredmont@earthlink.net if you plan to pay by check, and I will acknowledge your registration and send you the mailing address. I will also notify you when I receive your check.

OR

If you want to pay by credit or debit card or with a PayPal account, simply register and pay in a single transaction using the PayPal button below. (You can use that button and its secure connection to pay with a credit or debit card even if you don't have a PayPal account.) 

The PayPal payment will record your name and e-mail address and serve as your registration. You will receive an acknowledgment from me within 24 hours.

Payment is non-refundable and due upon registration.

If you are in a situation of financial stress, please write me and we can arrange for a discount, payment plan, or scholarship. (If you wish to help make more scholarships possible, just check the "benefactor" rate below.)




Retreat fees (choose one)



Begin where you are -- not where you "ought to be." 
God will meet you there. 

Retreat designer and facilitator

Jane Redmont is a retreat leader, spiritual director, pastoral worker, writer, and theologian who has worked in  campus, urban, and parish ministries. An Episcopal Christian, she was also formed in the Catholic tradition and has Jewish and Unitarian Universalist family roots; she has been involved in work for justice and ecumenical and interreligious relations all her life.  

Jane designed and taught Guilford College's course in African American Religion and Theology; it became her most popular course during her seven years as a professor at Guilford. During most of her time in Greensboro, NC, where Guilford is located, she was also a member --and for over two years, the chair-- of the Bishop's Committee for Racial Justice and Reconciliation of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina.  Jane is the author of more than 100 articles and of two books, Generous Lives: American Catholic Women Today and When in Doubt, Sing: Prayer in Daily Life. She works as a Congregational Consultant for the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and serves on the Episcopal Church's New England Province (Province I)'s task force on cultural competence and racial justice.

Questions? Concerns? Write me (Jane) here.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Nine days with Dorothee Soelle: online "novena retreat" begins August 31

Longing for some prayerful and reflective time in your busy life?
Struggling with the challenge of hope in hard times?
Join us:
Dorothee Soelle:
An Online Novena Retreat


Dorothee Soelle (also spelled Sölle) (1928-2003) was a German theologian, poet, peace activist, Protestant and ecumenical Christian, spouse and mother, teacher, socialist, and from mid-life on, feminist. She was the author of The Silent Cry: Mysticism and Resistance, Against the Wind: Memoir of a Radical Christian, Revolutionary Patience, Theology for Skeptics, and many other works. Soelle wrote in an accessible manner --mostly in prose, sometimes in poems-- and not in the form of long academic treatises. Her chosen topics, though, were often challenging: silence and language in the struggle to name God; suffering and the vulnerability of God; Jesus the risk-taker and the community of the friends of Jesus; history, evil, and Christian political engagement; the church as community of memory, resistance, and hope.

What, when, where

* An online nine-day spiritual retreat, August 31-September 8, 2015, with the help of the writings of Dorothee Soelle (1928-2003).

* Simple and accessible:
one quote per day
one spiritual exercise per day
one prayer per day
* At home, in your daily life: read, meditate, and pray in a way that suits your schedule.

* You'll need 20 minutes a day of focused time and a computer or tablet with internet access.

* Spiritual refreshment, nurture, and challenge.

"Novena retreat" ?

A novena is a sequence of nine successive days of prayer–usually prayers of either petition or thanksgiving. It is generally a public and popular spiritual practice and is found most often in the Roman Catholic religious tradition.

I am using the word “novena,” meaning nine days, as part of the description of this retreat to indicate that it is nine days long and involves daily meditation and prayer.


Dorothee Soelle was a Protestant in the Lutheran tradition, and the novena retreat is ecumenical, accessible to Christians of any background or affiliation, and open to all. It is a new twist on the traditional novena.


An online retreat? How does that work?

* The retreat offers daily resources (the quotes, spiritual exercises, and prayers mentioned above, with some images as well to nourish you visually) online on a blog. More specifically, a closed blog.

* What's a closed blog? It's a blog like this, but it is not public: it is open only to those whom the blog owner-administrator (that's me) has signed in. In other words, it is not open to anybody wandering around the internet. It is not "searchable": random web surfers will not be able to view either the blog or our conversations in the comments.

* Once you register for the retreat, I will send instructions for the one-time-only sign-in mechanism. After that, the blog will always recognize you

Registration

To register, write me, Jane Redmont, stating your intention to take the retreat, and make your payment. 

Cost and payment

* $60 if you register by Sunday, August 23.

* $75 if you register between August 24 and August 31, the day the retreat begins.
It's best to register before the 21st, but you are still welcome if you sign up at the 11th hour!
* Discounts are available if you are in financial hardship. Talk to me.

* Payment is non-refundable and due upon registration, by check or online electronic payment.

If you prefer to pay by check, I will send you the mailing address when you write me to register.

If you prefer to pay online by credit card or PayPal, please click below to pay via the Redmont Retreats secure PayPal account. (Note: you don't have to have your own PayPal account to use this online payment method.)


Retreat fee (choose one)


Privacy and community

During the retreat, you can remain private and just read the blog and use the quotes, spiritual exercises, and prayers on your own.

or

If you are more extroverted and communal or in need of companions on your retreat, you can  share your thoughts, experiences, and questions via the comments function on the blog and engage in conversation with other retreatants and with the retreat facilitator.


Full  listing of summer online retreats here.


This announcement of the Dorothee Soelle retreat was originally posted on July 8.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Hurry Up and Slow Down -- late summer edition!

Last fall, when I felt as if I had NO TIME, and I mean NONE, to do anything, because I was so busy, I signed up for this retreat. What a big gift I gave myself... Having some focused time to replenish my spirit was great. Highly recommended!
--Fran Rossi Szpylczyn, New York

The "Hurry Up and Slow Down" retreat was one of the most valuable I have ever experienced, because it encourages the participants to take nuggets of time on a regular basis for guided reflection and renewal, rather than trying to devote a whole weekend or several evenings to the pursuit. It's well done and well worth the time commitment as well as the money.
--Joanne Fisher, Michigan
"Hurry Up and Slow Down"

begins August 16

(c) Jane Redmont 2013
What, when, where

* A 6-week online retreat, August 16-September 26 

* At home, in your daily life, 15 minutes a day

* Simple, accessible, gently focused on practice, with spiritual exercises

* Each week of the retreat has an anchoring theme:
mindfulness
breath 
place 
time 
community
earth

* Suitable for those who are religiously affiliated as well as for those who consider themselves spiritual, but not religious.

* If you think you don't have time for "Hurry Up and Slow Down," you're exactly the person who will benefit from it.

See below for details.


Hurry Up and Slow Down is a spiritual retreat accompanying your daily life. It offers guidance, but it is not an academic class with a lot of reading. It is simple, accessible, and gently focused on practice -- the "how" of living every day mindfully and reverently, in a way that suits our own circumstances and takes into account how busy we are. Each week will have a theme or anchor. The weekly themes will be rich and basic:
* mindfulness * breath * place *
* time * community * earth *

These themes can be building blocks of spiritual practice, whether we are religiously affiliated or not.

Every week, with the theme of the week, will include four components, offered each Sunday and accompanying you throughout the week:


1. Awareness of the week's theme:
Taking stock, naming, asking and answering questions, doing a little writing (or drawing if we are more visually inclined).
2. Inspiration:
A short reading, an image, an insight, a bit of wisdom about the theme for us to ponder during the week.
3. Practice:
An exercise related to the week's theme, a concrete how-to that we can incorporate into our daily life throughout the week.
4. Tradition(s):
Some insights into the week's theme from the experience and wisdom of more than one religious tradition. We are not the first to grapple with the themes of our retreat and we are not alone.

Registration

The retreat begins Sunday, August 16.

Registration will remain open till the third day of the retreat, though beginning the first day will give you more breathing space, literally and figuratively.

To register, please e-mail your intention to take the retreat to Jane Redmont.


Cost

$110 early bird rate (till the end of the day Thursday, August 13).

$125 if you register between Friday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 18.

Some discounts are available for those in financial hardship. Talk to me.

Payment

Payment is non-refundable and due upon registration, by check or online electronic payment.

If you prefer paying by check, I will send you the mailing address when you write me to register. 


If you prefer to pay online by credit card or PayPal, please click the appropriate button below to pay via the Redmont Retreats secure PayPal account.  (Note: you don't have to have your own PayPal account to use this secure online payment method.)

LATE SUMMER HUASD RETREAT (begins Sunday, August 16, 2015)


Retreat fee (choose one)



An online retreat? How does that work?


An online retreat offers retreat resources (themes, quotes, images, videos, guidelines for spiritual exercises, and more) online on a blog. More specifically, a closed blog.

What's a closed blog? It's a blog like this, but open only to those whom the blog owner-administrator (that's me) allows in. In other words, it is not open to anybody wandering around the internet. It is not searchable on the web. Random web surfers will not be able to view either the blog or our conversations in the comments. Once you register for the course, I will send instructions on the one-time sign-in mechanism. After that, the blog will always recognize you.


Privacy and community

Do I have to talk to other people on the retreat? I'm a very private person.

and/or

Can I get some support here? I'm not sure I can stick to this all by myself.

The retreat will offer you a choice in finding your preferred balance between the solitary and the communal, between privacy and solidarity.

1) You can be private and just read the blog and use the exercises, practices, and quotes on your own.


or 

2) If you are more extroverted and communal or in need of companions on your retreat, you can  share your thoughts, experiences, and questions via the comments function on the blog and engage in conversation with other retreatants and with the retreat facilitator.

Either way, in your participation on the blog, silent or speaking, you must respond respectfully to others and protect the privacy of participants. It's fine for you to say to people outside the retreat "someone in a group I'm in mentioned [issue, insight, dilemma]" but not the name or identifying characteristics of the person or the story.


(c) Jane Redmont
This online retreat is meant to help you find time and opportunity
 to breathe and pause in your busy life,
but not to make you feel guilty when you struggle to do so.

Begin where you are, not where you "ought to be."

(c) Jane Redmont 2014