2019 Women Leaders Retreat – Walking in the Light of God

Monday, January 28, 1 p.m. - Tuesday, January 29, noon

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center • 1834 IL Rt. 2 • Oregon, IL • 815-732-2220 • lomc.org

Our spiritual lives as individuals and together are lives of journey.  They are unfolding, en route, and along the way.  Both interior and exterior walks yearn toward the light of God with its wide embrace of love.  Light is the most common image for the divine across traditions.  You are invited to take time apart with others seeking direction and guidance regarding the journeys we are on and the light we seek.  This question will be ours across the retreat time: “Where do we find our steady path on which to journey for growth in spirit and joyful service in times certain and uncertain?” Let us companion one another on the road.

The journey is home.  (Nel Morton)

Registration cost 

  • $70 for a shared room (up to three in a room)
  • $90 for a single room. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom with shower.

Please bring

  • your own lunch Monday (optional)
  • a shoe or a boot, a flip flop or a high heel, a sandal or a clog – some item of your footgear that symbolizes where you are in your journey now.
  • food/snacks to share for breakfast Tuesday (coffee is provided)



  • 11:30 am – Lodges open
  • 12 noon – Bring your own lunch
  • 1:00-2:00 pm - Intros/Sharing
  • 2:00-2:30 pm - Worship
  • 2:30-4:30 pm – Retreat Session: “Meandering Steps”
  • 4:30-5:30 pm - Free Time
  • 5:30 pm - Supper
  • 6:30-7:45 pm - Retreat Session: “From the Emmaus Road”
  • 7:45-8:00 pm - Break
  • 8:00-8:45 pm - Evening/Devotions
  • 8:45 pm - Snacks/Sharing/Free Time


  • 8:00 am - Breakfast
  • 9:00-11:00 am - Retreat Session: “From the Bremen Town Musicians”
  • 11:15-12 noon - Worship/Eucharist
  • 12 noon - Departure

The Rev. Dr. Martha A. Brunell

Retreat Presenter the Rev. Dr. Martha Brunell (Martha) is a pastor in the United Church of Christ.  She is also a spiritual director, a writer, and a retreat and workshop leader.  Originally from the northeast, she has sunk deep routes in the middle of the country as an adult.  For several decades she was an inner city pastor in Saint Louis where her ministry included work in domestic violence, end of life care, grief education, and adjunct teaching at Eden Theological Seminary and Aquinas Institute of Theology.  Since the spring of 2013, she has been the pastor of Mayfield United Church of Christ in rural Sycamore, Illinois.  Mayfield is a small, progressive congregation that began its life in 1860 as a stop on the Underground Railroad.  Now the congregation is active in habitat restoration for the Monarchs, has an active partnership with the Jane Adeny Memorial School for girls in Kenya, and is engaged in numberous projects and programs locally and further away from home.  Martha loves to read, write, walk, travel, pass along stories, and develop new programs to share with others.  She is a Veriditas trained labyrinth facilitator, is fascinated with the connection between who we are and the land on which we dwell, and takes great delight in the lives of her adult daughters,  Amanda and Molly.