Spring Deacon’s Retreat: Seed and Story: Nourishing Our Inner Lives for the Great Work of Our Times – Part 2

May 21, 2021 - May 22, 2021 Online

Spring Deacon’s Retreat: Seed and Story:  Nourishing Our Inner Lives for the Great Work of Our Times – Part 2
May 21, 6pm 

May 22, 8am-4pm

Systemic racism, pandemic, climate crisis, and more – these deeply troubled times call us to live, work, and lead “from within” as instruments of God’s work in the world. Especially now, it’s crucial that we renew our spirits and nourish our capacities for connection and courage, wonder and resilience – so that we can in turn support the communities we serve to do the same.

Led by experienced Circle of Trust® facilitator Dr. Chris Johnson, this on-line retreat will pick up where last November’s retreat left off – turning this time to themes of spring emergence, the paradox of Now and Not Yet, and the promise of new life. So much has happened since last we were together! But as before, our time will include a life-giving mix of solitude and silence, conversation, and reflection, and will be a rare opportunity to

  • Explore the “seeds and stories” that ground our sense of self, calling, and purpose
  • Name and hold our emotional responses to the significant challenges of our time
  • Practice crucial “habits of the heart” that help us live into these challenges
  • Be held by a remarkable community of support, inspiration, and positive relationship

We’ll come together via Zoom Friday evening, May 21, beginning with a 6:00 p.m. “town hall” with Bishop Loya, who will send us into the retreat’s opening circle, which will conclude by 9 p.m. Our day on Saturday the 22nd will include:

8am Informal coffee & conversation
8:30 Session 1
9:45am pause
10am Session 2 (including a pause partway through)
12pm pause for lunch
1pm Session 3
2:30pm pause
2:45pm Session 4 & closing circle
4pm Wrap up

Register here.

Facilitator: Dr. Chris Johnson

Dr. Chris Johnson is the product of the fields and prairies, lakes, and forests of southern Minnesota, having grown up on a farm near Litchfield. He has nearly 30 years of experience in teaching, speaking, discernment coaching, and facilitating retreats with a wide range of audiences in education, faith-based, and nonprofit organizations around issues of vocation, meaning, and purpose, leadership development, and spirituality in life and work. He is founder and principal of The Milkweed Group, LLC, whose work is to create and hold safe, courageous spaces that nourish inner wisdom, sharpen clarity of purpose, and nourish capacity to live and lead for a better world. Previously he was Director of the Center for Vocational Reflection and Associate Director of the Center for Servant-Leadership at Gustavus Adolphus College, where he also taught courses in theology and ethics. He received his BA from Gustavus, an MA from Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary, and his PhD from the University of Iowa.

Chris and his wife Kim are co-founders of Prairie Oaks Institute (POI), a nonprofit educational retreat center in Belle Plaine, MN, dedicated to nourishing expansive imagination, bold thinking, wise action, and cross-sector solutions to the unprecedented environmental and social challenges of our time. They are the parents of three young-adult children.