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Online Retreats

2021 Online Retreats

Weekend Retreats

These free weekend retreats offer a time to pray, reflect, make space for grace, and listen to the voice of God. Each retreat’s guide will encourage us to open our hearts to God through prayer. We encourage you to tune in during the weekend and mark additional time throughout the week following each retreat for personal prayer, reflection, and journaling. These are opportunities for going deeper with your spiritual practices.

The following retreats will take place over five half-hour sessions throughout the weekend at these times, streamed on Facebook Live. All times are Eastern. Registration is not required.

  • Friday 8–8:30pm
  • Saturday 10–10:30am, 2–2:30pm, and 8–8:30pm
  • Sunday 4–4:30pm

 A Praying and Discerning Heart

Summertime view of the Housatonic River in West Cornwall, CT

July 2–4, 2021 with the Rev. Alfred Loua, Trinity Church Wall Street

Using Scripture, silence, and Ignatian spirituality and discernment, we will explore how one listens for the will of God. How do we develop a life of prayer? How do we pay attention to how God is moving in our lives? How do we remember that prayer is something God does in us and not what we do? The objective of this retreat is to help us cultivate a little more our closeness to God and make decisions in our lives that match the will of God.

The Rev. Marcus George Halley, Episcopal Church of Connecticut

A Table in the Wilderness: Discovering God in Unexpected Places

July 9-11, 2021 with the Rev. Marcus George Halley, Episcopal Church of Connecticut

Explore where God might be at work in your life amidst the busyness, the tasks, the pressures, and the anxieties of the moment. Using the eucharistic liturgy of the Episcopal Church as a launching pad, participants will discover together new ways of listening for God, speaking to God, and receiving God's grace in our lives. This retreat includes contemplative practices such as lectio divina, a modified Ignatian Examen, and journaling. The Rev. Marcus George Halley is the Dean of Formation for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, priest-in-charge at the Church of the Holy Spirit in West Haven, and the author of Proclaim! Sharing Words, Living Examples, Changing Lives.

REAL: Cultivating Respectful Relationships, Excellence, Authenticity, and Love

Dr. Sandra Montes, Dean of chapel at Union Theological Seminary

July 23-25, 2021 with Dr. Sandra Montes, Union Theological Seminary

In these times marked by violence, uncertainty, fear, and solitude, let us take time to center ourselves around some of the best qualities Jesus taught us—respectful relationships, excellence, authenticity, and love. We will explore why these qualities are important for our spiritual growth and how they can help us live in community. Dr. Sandra Montes is Dean of Chapel at Union Theological Seminary and author of Becoming REAL and Thriving in Ministry.

Pride flag flaps on a sunny day, under a blue sky with puffy clouds

Refuge and Resilience: an LGBTQ+ Retreat

August 6–8, 2021 with the Rev. Matt Welsch, Trinity Church Wall Street

Where did you first feel safe to be your fullest self? LGBTQ+ individuals and communities have a long history of carving out spaces of joyous, radical inclusion, often in the face of oppression. In this retreat, the Rev. Matt Welsch of Trinity Church Wall Street invites participants to reflect on the idea of refuge, and consider how we might draw on these places of sanctuary to find strength and resilience in our unique, God-given identities. The content of this retreat has been developed primarily for LGBTO+ participants—allies may benefit by tuning in as well. 

Catch Your Breath

The Rev. Kristin Kaulbach Miles, Director for Pastoral Care and Community

September 3–5, 2021 with the Rev. Kristin Miles, Trinity Church Wall Street

As we go through our daily lives, often our bodies and minds are not in the same place. We continuously think about the past or future—situations removed from the present moment. This retreat offers spiritual wisdom and practices to support a more peaceful, centered, and rested way of life.

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