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In a time of uncertainty...

In a culture rife with division and too many willing to fight...

Facing fatigue and uncertainty about the future...

What choices do we have?  What can we reclaim for ourselves?

You are invited to participate in a monthly retreat series rooted in the process known as a Circle of Trust. This monthly series will be grounded in the following:  

  • Acknowledging the presence of Spirit within Participating in a circle that balances vulnerability and deep listening, being known
  • Collegial Connection centered in confidentiality and trust building - bound by the Touchstones that guide Circle of Trust work.
  • Finding renewal through less common pathways - individual reflection, deep listening, poetry, visual arts, movement, creative expression
  • Tapping the part of ourselves that resides beyond our role as faith leaders
  • An introduction to Clearness work.

Dates: Spring and Fall 2021

Open to active Rostered Ministers of the Northern Illinois Synod

Participants commit to attending all sessions

Deadline for sign-up: April 4

Cost: $100/participant; due upon registration

If the cost of this series is an impediment to the participation of a rostered minister, please request a grant from the Synod Continuing Education/Sabbatical Grant Fund.


There are 7 retreat days spanned across the spring and fall, via Zoom:

April 19, 20, 21

6:30-8:00 pm (19th)

9-12 noon, 1:00-2:30 p.m. (20th)

9-12 noon (21st)

May 18, September 14, October 19, November 16

9-12 noon, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Timeline, sign-ups, expectations:

The retreat series will be led by facilitators Winton Boyd and Barb Hummel.

18 spots open for rostered ministers (so we all fit on one Zoom screen)

Sign up available beginning in early February and deadline for sign-up is April 4 (Easter Sunday)

Material sent ahead of time to prepare participants

Register below
Seven Sessions - April 19-20-21, May 18, Sept 14, Oct 19, Nov. 16