Sunday, June 25, 2017

Reminder: Stringfellow online short retreat starts tomorrow! (MONDAY JUNE 26)


A polemical, circus-loving, biblical, critical, incarnational, political, Psalms-praying, "almost but not quite out" partnered gay man, an Episcopalian, lawyer and theologian. You don't want to miss this. Nine days in the company of William Stringfellow. (1928-85). Online retreat begins Monday! That's tomorrow. June 26. See here for details.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer 2017 online retreats and classes: register now!

Registration is open for the first Redmont Retreats online offerings of the summer.

Click on the links below for more information and to sign up.
Links are this color orange -- a different color from the rest of the post. If a course or retreat title is not yet orange, it's that the link isn't up yet. This blog post will be updated with live links throughout the week. Meanwhile, the beginning-in-June program information is up!  Click, read, register!
Idaho road near Priest Lake, (c) Jane Redmont 2011

This summer, we are offering three types of online programs:

(1) Five short nine-day retreats, simple and adaptable to your daily schedule:
one excerpt or quotation per day
one spiritual exercise per day
one prayer or meditation per day
      for nine consecutive days
Click below for information and registration. Try one retreat for starters, or sign up for two right away! (Ask me about early bird discounts and about group rates for your congregation or group of friends.)
June 15-23:  Nine Days with Dorothy Day
June 26-July 5Nine Days with William Stringfellow
July 7-15Nine Days with Howard Thurman
July 17-25:  Nine Days with Ada María Isasi-Díaz
August 14-22:  Nine Days with Dorothee Sölle
(2) One five-week class (with a retreat option if you want to add it - no extra charge)
June 19-July 23: Bonhoeffer in His Times and Ours
A 5-week online course-retreat on the life and writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
An adult education class (no grades!) with readings about and by Bonhoeffer, pastor, theologian, resistant against the Nazi regime, martyr. It also includes a dimension of spiritual practice if you would like to add that "thread" to your experience with Bonhoeffer. The format allows for it to be a hybrid of course and retreat, or just a course of readings and online conversation if that is your preference! Minimum of two "check-ins" per week (more if you wish!) but you can check in at any hour of the day or night. Open to all. No religious or academic requirements. Be willing to read and reflect.
(3) Two "mindfulness retreats"

One that we've offered many times before...

July 31-September 10: Hurry Up and Slow Down
Spiritual practice in daily life
A six-week, supportive, gently guided online retreat open to persons with any or no religious or spiritual background. One theme per week: Great if you can't take a vacation this summer, or if you are on vacation and need help unwinding, or if you are away for a bit and then have to meet the daily challenges of "re-entry."
and one brand new...
July 12-August 2: Spirituality and Social Media
A three-week online retreat-and-reflection experience about our social media practices, rhythms, spiritual or religious content, care, conversations, and conflict.
Thich Nhat Hanh

Nine Days with Howard Thurman: begins July 7

Longing for some meditative time in your busy life?
Interested in (re-)discovering the work of a wise guide?
Join us!


Nine Days with Howard Thurman
an online retreat
July 7-15, 2017


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 persons 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 predates Black liberation theology by a generation.

What, when, where

* An online nine-day spiritual retreat, beginning Friday, July 7, 2017.

* The writings of Howard Thurman will provide us with focus and inspiration.

* Simple and accessible:
one quote per day
one spiritual exercise per day
one prayer per day
on nine consecutive days
* At home, on a break at work, in a coffee shop, on vacation, in your daily life: read, reflect, meditate, and pray with the retreat materials in a way that suits your schedule.

* Spiritual refreshment, nurture, and challenge.

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

* Easy registration via PayPal secure link, which takes credit and debit cards in addition to PayPal. Note: You don't have to have your own PayPal account to use this online payment method. (If you prefer paying by check, please e-mail me.)
Some discounts are available for those in financial hardship. Talk to me. The benefactor rate helps offset costs and makes scholarship aid possible.
Register here!



Retreat fee (choose one)




Payment is non-refundable and due upon registration.


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 a little music to feed the soul) 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, I will send instructions for the one-time-only sign-in mechanism. After you first sign on to the retreat blog, the blog will always recognize you.

Privacy and community

During the retreat, you can remain anonymous, invisible, and silent 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. (More about your friendly retreat designer and facilitator, Jane Redmont, here. Please do not hesitate to write me with questions or concerns.)

Reminder: The full list of our summer 2017 online offerings is here.

Hurry Up and Slow Down: mindfulness retreat begins --online-- July 31, 2017


Hurry Up and Slow Down:
an online retreat

July 31-September 10, 2017


What, when, where, how

* A 6-week online retreat. 

* Begins July 31.

* At home, on a break at work, in your daily life, at any time, day or night, 15-20 minutes every day or two.

* Simple, accessible, gently focused on practice, with ancient and new wisdom to support and inspire you.

* Each week of the retreat has an anchoring theme:

mindfulness
breath
place
time
community
earth

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

* If you think you don't have time for "Hurry Up and Slow Down," you're exactly the person who will benefit from it.
[In the fall a few years ago], 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
* Easy registration via secure PayPal link, which takes credit and debit cards in addition to PayPal. Note: You don't have to have your own PayPal account to use this online payment method. (If you prefer paying by check, please e-mail me.)
Some discounts are available for those in financial hardship. Talk to me.
The benefactor rate helps offset costs and makes scholarship aid possible.

Register here!



Retreat fee (choose one)



Payment is non-refundable and due upon registration.

More details below the picture.

Front Beach, Rockport, Massachusetts
(c) Jane Redmont 2013

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. Its focus is 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. The weekly themes are 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 or wisdom tradition. We are not the first to grapple with the themes of our retreat and we are not alone.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

We're back for the summer with lots of online offerings!

We've got summer online retreats and courses coming up!
Intensive nine-day retreats,
longer stretched-out retreats, 

a reboot-new edition-more-of-a-class of the winter Bonhoeffer retreat,

Howard Thurman,
Dorothy Day
William Stringfellow
Ada María Isasi-Díaz
and more! 

Also featuring the return of the popular "Hurry Up and Slow Down" online retreat

and

a new online retreat on spirituality and social media.

Publicity will be out later this weekend
here, on Facebook, and on LinkedIn 
(no Twitter yet but we're thinking about it),

with discounts if you register early or take more than one retreat or class.

Bonhoeffer in His Times and Ours: starts June 19, online!


* The course-retreat offers online resources to participants (and only to them): excerpts from Bonhoeffer's written works, reflection questions, opportunities for conversation with other participants and with your friendly facilitator, spiritual exercises, links to music, images. It does so with the help of fairly simple technology, 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. Our course-retreat blog is private and just for us.

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


What do you mean by "spiritual exercises"?

Spirituality --including Christian spirituality-- involves our entire life. It is bodily as well as mental. It involves our imagination and also our actions. It is about practice, not just thinking.

A spiritual exercise, therefore, may be a prayer or meditation, or a reading assignment or way of reading; but it may also be a piece of writing in a journal, a new or repeated way of interacting with others, a way of gazing or focusing, a practice of fasting or mindful eating, a new way of creating, a daily habit.

Privacy and community

Conversation (online, but not at specified times) is an important part of the course, both because you may want to ask questions and because it's good to have company when we are learning.

Conversation takes place via the comments function on the blog. Only other participants and the facilitator can read them. The blog is only open to course participants.

More about your friendly retreat designer and facilitator, Jane Redmont, here. Please do not hesitate to write me with questions or concerns.

Reminder: The full list of our summer 2017 online offerings is here.

Nine Days with Dorothy Day

The full list of our summer 2017 online offerings is here.

Longing for reflective and prayerful time in your busy life?
Need some support and inspiration?
Hungry for justice and mercy?
Wondering about models of Christian commitment
other than the ones making the most noise these days?
Join us for
Nine Days with Dorothy Day
an online retreat
June 16-23, 2017




Dorothy Day (1897-1980) is best known as the co-founder of the Catholic Worker, an anarchist, pacifist, lay Catholic Christian movement, and of the newspaper by the same name. Journalist, activist, mother, speaker, she was also a person of prayer whose Roman Catholic religious observance cannot be separated from her work for social and economic justice and peace or from what Christian tradition calls “the works of mercy.”

Click here for an informative essay on Dorothy Day if you want to know more.


What, when, where, how

* An online nine-day spiritual retreat, beginning Friday, June 16, 2017.

* The life and writings of Dorothy Day serve as a focus and inspiration.

* Simple and accessible:
one quote or short excerpt per day
one spiritual exercise per day
one prayer per day
on nine consecutive days
* At home, on a break at work, in a coffee shop, on vacation, in your daily life: read, reflect, meditate, and pray with the retreat materials in a way that suits your schedule.

* Spiritual refreshment, nurture, and challenge.

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

* Easy registration via PayPal secure link, which takes credit and debit cards in addition to PayPal. Note: You don't have to have your own PayPal account to use this online payment method. (If you prefer paying by check, please e-mail me.)
Some discounts are available for those in financial hardship. Talk to me.
The benefactor rate helps offset costs and makes scholarship aid possible.
Register here!



Retreat fee (choose one)



Payment is non-refundable and due upon registration. 


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 sometimes a piece of music too) 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 on the one-time sign-in mechanism. After you first sign on to the retreat blog, the blog will always recognize you.


Privacy and community 

During the retreat, you can remain anonymous, invisible, and silent 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. (More about your friendly retreat designer and facilitator, Jane Redmont, here. Please do not hesitate to write me with questions or concerns.)

Reminder: The full list of our summer 2017 online offerings is here.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Nine Days with William Stringfellow

The full list of our summer 2017 online offerings is here.

Longing for some prayerful and reflective time in your busy life?
Interested in a new perspective on the Bible in these United States?
Wondering about the relationship between Christian faith and social realities?

Join us for
Nine Days with William Stringfellow
an online retreat
June 26-July 5 2017

William Stringfellow (1928-1985), was a lawyer by training and trade, not a professional theologian, though he wrote a dozen books and was one of most astute and insightful Christian thinkers of the 20th century. An Episcopal layman who understood himself very much as "Protestant" and engaged in open criticism of his own beloved church, he was grounded in the prayerful study of scripture. Stringfellow was also a radical social critic preoccupied with the powers of sin and death in the world and in the cosmos.

"My concern," Stringfellow wrote, "is to understand America biblically -- in contrast to the more common tendency, to understand the Bible 'Americanly.'" One of the published summaries of his work notes that his great theme "was the Constantinian compromise, the accommodation of Christianity to the values of the empire and the preservation of status quo."

Click here for an informative essay on William Stringfellow.

What, when, where, how

* An online nine-day spiritual retreat, beginning Monday, June 26, 2017.

* The life and writings of William Stringfellow serve as a focus and inspiration.

* Simple and accessible:
one quote or short excerpt per day
one spiritual exercise per day
one prayer per day
on nine consecutive days
* At home, on a break at work, in a coffee shop, on vacation, in your daily life: read, reflect, meditate, and pray with the retreat materials in a way that suits your schedule.

* Spiritual refreshment, nurture, and challenge.

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

* Easy registration via PayPal secure link, which takes credit and debit cards in addition to PayPal. Note: You don't have to have your own PayPal account to use this online payment method. (If you prefer paying by check, please e-mail me.)
Some discounts are available for those in financial hardship. Talk to me.
The benefactor rate helps offset costs and makes scholarship aid possible.
Register here!



Retreat fee (choose one)




Payment is non-refundable and due upon registration. 

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 sometimes a piece of music too) 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 on the one-time sign-in mechanism. After you first sign on to the retreat blog, the blog will always recognize you.

Privacy and community 

During the retreat, you can remain anonymous, invisible, and silent 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. (More about your friendly retreat designer and facilitator, Jane Redmont, here. Please do not hesitate to write me with questions or concerns.)

Reminder:  The full list of our summer 2017 online offerings is here.


Block Island, R.I., where Stringfellow shared a home with the poet Anthony Towne

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Lent with Dietrich Bonhoeffer: An Online Retreat

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Christian pastor in the Lutheran tradition, scholar, and resister against  the Nazi regime, was executed for his resistance activities in 1945, at the age of 39; his writings and life have become well known around the world, from South Africa to South Korea. 

Here in the U.S., many are reading his works again --or for the first time-- both because of the times in which we live and because of a couple of recently published biographies.

The Christian season of Lent begins tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, March 1, in the Western Christian churches. (The Eastern Orthodox season of Great Lent nearly coincides with Lent in the Western church this year and began on February 27.) Lent is in many ways a long retreat for the whole church, a six-week preparation for the celebration of Easter. It is a time of intensified or more intentional prayer, greater simplicity of life, and giving to others, especially those who are poor.

This year, we invite you to


Lent with Dietrich Bonhoeffer
An Online Retreat
 March 5-April 21, 2017

The first full week of the retreat begins this coming Sunday, March 5, but there will be a "soft opening" tomorrow, March 1, for those who want to jump right in and get started on Ash Wednesday.


This retreat will place us in conversation with the life and writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This is a retreat, not a class, though we will certainly learn from the retreat and from each other. Our lens will be a meditative one in which both prayer and critical thinking will be welcome and encouraged. There will be readings, but they will not be as long as they would be for a course. In addition to readings, the retreat will include some musical and visual resources.


The retreat will offer spiritual exercises based on Bonhoeffer's life and work and oriented toward the Christian season of Lent.

Read on for further details, 
registration information, 
and FAQ.

Focus and themes

Every week in the retreat will have an overarching theme or cluster of themes related to Bonhoeffer's life and work.

Prelude (Ash Wednesday and the next three days):

Why Bonhoeffer? Why this retreat?
With an introduction to Bonhoeffer's life and some Psalms
Week 1 (March 5): 
Bonhoeffer's context and ours (with an examination of the Nazification of Germany, but also of Bonhoeffer's family and formation)
Week 2 (March 12):
Jesus Christ, discipleship, and grace
Week 3 (March 19):
Life together: community, church, resistance
Week 4 (March 26):
Friendship, trust, commitment: Bonhoeffer and relationships
Week 5 (April 2):
Travel, ecumenism, inspiration: Bonhoeffer beyond German borders, from Rome to Harlem and Sweden to South Africa
Week 6 (April 9, Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion, and into Holy Week):
Suffering, sacrifice, and the cross
Week 7 (April 16, Easter):
Heirs to Bonhoeffer, friends of Christ: living Resurrection.
We will ponder each theme or cluster of themes through Bonhoeffer's writings and other resources and also reflect on and pray with these themes as they are manifest in our own lives.

To register

1) If you prefer to pay by check, write me, Jane Redmont, at readwithredmont@earthlink.net and I will acknowledge your registration and send you the mailing address. I will also notify you when I receive your check.

OR (quicker and easier)

2) If you wish to pay by credit or debit card or with a PayPal account, simply register and pay in a single transaction using the secure PayPal button below.

Note: You can use that PayPal button and its secure connection to pay with a credit or debit card even if you don't have a PayPal account. The PayPal mechanism will record your name and e-mail address and serve as your registration. You will also receive an automated acknowledgment from PayPal and a personal e-mail acknowledgment from me.

Payment is non-refundable and due upon registration.

If you are in a situation of financial stress, please use the discount rates on the menu below or write me so that we can arrange for a payment plan.

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




Retreat fees (choose one)




FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
 
An online retreat? What's that?


It's a retreat in daily life with resources and guidance online. You'll need a computer or tablet and an internet connection. You'll be using the computer to make the retreat, but you won't be spending the whole retreat staring at the computer.

The beauty of an online retreat is that you can check in with the retreat on your own schedule, at whatever hour of the night or day works for you. You do need to devote some time to it, but if you have 20-30 minutes two or three times a week, you can benefit from the retreat. You can also spend more time on the retreat if you wish, or check in daily. The retreat is structured to work for a two or three times a week check-in as well as for daily participation. It's up to you.

How does an online retreat work?

The retreat offers daily resources 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, Jane, the retreat facilitator) has signed in.

In other words, the retreat blog 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. Conversations among retreatants remain private.

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

See the answer to the next question.


Can I get some support here? I want some company.


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 spiritual practices and meditations on your own. Nobody will force you to speak or disclose who you are.

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

Use the retreat according to your personality and your circumstances. The online retreat is like a room in which you are welcome to sit in the company of others and to be either visible or invisible.

What's with the March 1 /March 5 double start date?

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which falls on March 1 this year. The first full week of Lent begins Sunday, March 5. We all get started on Lent in different ways despite (or because of) the calendar. Some of us are a little slower than others. Get started on the retreat any time from March 1 on. Try to be with us on retreat by March 5 at the latest. But if you're a day or two late, you can still join us.

And what about that theme for the first week of Easter? I thought this was a Lenten retreat.

It is. But the celebration of the Passion and Resurrection are one. Lent doesn't just lead to the Last Supper, the Cross, and the silent closed tomb. It leads to Easter, the open tomb, and the proclamation of enduring and risen life.

The retreat will continue into the first week of Easter for those who desire. This will give us an opportunity to celebrate Easter together and to reflect on the meaning of Bonhoeffer's life and writings in the context of Resurrection.

Also, it is likely that some of our participants will be clergy and lay leaders, for whom April 13-16 will be the most intense and demanding days of the church year. These ministers will need quiet and rest on Easter Monday (April 17) and some personal retreat time after.

What do you mean by "spiritual exercises"?

Spirituality --including Christian spirituality-- involves our entire life. It is bodily as well as mental. It involves our imagination and also our actions. It is about practice, not just thinking.

A spiritual exercise, therefore, may be a prayer or meditation, or a reading assignment or way of reading; but it may also be a piece of writing in a journal, a new or repeated way of interacting with others, a way of gazing or focusing, a practice of fasting or mindful eating, a new way of creating, a daily habit.

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 in ecumenical and interreligious relations all her life. She has read and taught the works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer for many years, including in a college course called "Radical Theologians of Europe and North America" and an online course called "Radical Hope in Hard Times." She began her academic study of Bonhoeffer in her first semester of Ph.D studies with a paper entitled "Preaching in the Storm: The Word from the Pulpit and the Word in the World in the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer." She serves as a Congregational Consultant for the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and is the author of When in Doubt, Sing: Prayer in Daily Life.

Questions? Concerns? Write Jane here.