Pre Advent Clergy Retreat

November 15, 2017 St. Paul's Lake of the Isles

My favorite professor back in college taught literature and kept asking the question, “why this?” We were challenged to reflect on why a particular passage appeared in a story, why it had to be there.

In these turbulent times of transition, I ask you to hear that professor’s wisdom: See the world as an unfolding story. Then, pay attention to the play, and not the players. They are but figures in an unfolding story. Ask yourself, “why this?” Why does the world stage need the current set of characters? If it were not them, others would play the same roles.

The temptation to run out and fight for something, to spit injustice in the face, is nearly overwhelming. The world seems to demand our action now. But, I am reminded of the wise words of Howard Thurman: 

“Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” 

Never has this been true more than now. I wish for you that you come alive like never before. We need you. We need your voice. Let’s celebrate the fast-approaching liturgical New Year together and rise strong with the Gospel of Mark at the center of our Sacred Circle.

Respectfully yours,

Matthew Cobb



2:30 - 3:30 Christian Contemplative Prayer practice

3:30 Tea and Conversation

4 - 5:30 Text and Context Discussion led by Matthew Cobb

5:30 Dinner

6:30 Vest for the service

7:00pm Celebration of New Ministry


Location: St. Paul's, Lake of the Isles

1917 Logan Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Street parking available
Register here. 

20 spaces available – register early! 

If the $15 fee for dinner is a barrier, use the code JUBILEE to reserve a meal at no cost.

Please bring an alb and red stole if you plan to vest for the Celebration of New Ministry.