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Online Retreats and Services

Our online retreats bring free and accessible spiritual tools for finding rest and replenishment to a wide audience, while our livestreamed services and programs offer chances for everyone to breathe, pray, and connect wherever you find yourself. Our online spiritual community is a crucial part of the life of the retreat center, helping us grow in inclusivity, diversity, wisdom, and mutual care.

One-Time Online Retreats

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

  • Friday 7–7:30pm
  • Saturday 10–10:30am, 2–2:30pm, and 8–8:30pm
  • Sunday 4–4:30pm

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Wait for the Lord: An Advent Retreat with the Rev. Sr. Promise Atelon

December 17-18, 2022 | Streaming on the Trinity Retreat Center Facebook page | Save the date

"Wait for the Lord, whose day is near. Wait for the Lord; be strong, take heart." -Song from Taizé

Headshot of The Rev. Sr. Promise Atelon. Sr. Promise wears a white collar, black shirt and jacket, and round glasses. She is smiling, and her dimples are showing in front of a beige wall. Her short, dark hair has some pops of white laced throughout.

Join the Rev. Sr. Promise Atelon, SSM as she explores how we are called to wait on the Lord. In this season of Advent, we await the coming of Christ; however, we are called to wait in faith every day of our lives. Waiting requires that we pay attention to our life of prayer, faith, generous living, repentance, and commitment to taking up our cross daily. Come deepen your desire to wait for the Lord and learn more ways of preparing the way for the Lord.

 

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Honoring and Remembering the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: An Online Retreat with the Rev. Dr. Mark Bozzuti-Jones

January 13-15, 2023 | Streaming on the Trinity Retreat Center Facebook page | Save the date

When the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. preached “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution” at the National Cathedral on March 31, 1968, nobody could have imagined that it would be his last Sunday sermon.

The Rev. Dr. Mark Bozzuti-Jones at TRC

Join the Rev. Dr. Mark Francisco Bozzuti-Jones, priest and Executive Director for Spiritual Formation at Trinity Retreat Center, as he explores the themes, ideas, and challenges of the sermon “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution.” How do we stay awake to the challenges of racism, poverty, and militarism today? These five sessions seek to help us continue our commitment to racial justice and a spiritual revolution.

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Spirituality in Daily Life: An Online Retreat with the Rev. Alejandra Trillos

February 3-5, 2023 | Streaming on the Trinity Retreat Center Facebook page

During this retreat, we will explore how God acts in every moment of our life. Where do we see and experience the movements of our spirit in connection with our emotions and surroundings? How do we recall our bond with God in all that we do or experience? When we pay attention to our spiritual needs in the here and now, we will feel more connected to God daily.

Come pay attention to the movements of our spirit in connection with our emotions and surroundings. Let us remember our bond with God in all what we do or experience. Listen to the spirit and attend to its needs, here and now. Come join the Rev. Alejandra Trillos, Rector, St. Paul's/San Pablo Episcopal Church in Salinas, CA in the Diocese of El Camino Real.

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We All Need Hope: An Online Retreat with the Rev. Theodora Brooks

March 3-5, 2023 | Streaming on the Trinity Retreat Center Facebook page

The word “Hope” is a common word in both secular and religious conversations. Those seeking elected office gain support by offering hope for a better tomorrow. As Christians hope is a part of our faith journey. The Catechism, on page 861 of the Book of Common Prayer, reminds us that “Christian hope is to live with confidence in newness and fullness of life, and to await the coming of Christ in glory, and the completion of God’s purpose for the world.”

But as important as hope is to our faith, there are times when God’s beloved children have felt the absence of hope. Life can be challenging, complex, and complicated. In the King James Version of Psalm 42:14-15 and 43:5-6, we hear the psalmist’s struggle but at the same time there is a plea to dig deep within and still hope in God who is the “health of my countenance and my God!” During our retreat we will sit with some of our heroes in the Bible as they struggled to remain hopeful.

Illustration of Julian of Norwich, wearing a light brown robe with blue sleeves and a beige veil. She stands in front of a blue sky and a yellow disk, representing the sun. Julian is holding one red flower between her right thumb and pointer finger, in her other hand, a book and a feather.

Julian of Norwich: Love Is God's Meaning with Robert Owens Scott

April 14-16, 2023 | Streaming on the Trinity Retreat Center Facebook page

In the fourteenth century, the woman we know as Julian of Norwich had a life-changing vision of God's love. She recorded it in the first English book we know to have been written by a woman, Revelations of Divine Love. The Greek word for revelation is Apocalypse, and like the apocalyptic narratives so popular from ancient times to modern, it presents a vision of reality that totally upends our usual experience.

What if God is love? Truly? Completely? Julian wrestled with the consequences of that question for twenty years while counseling people living through a time of devastating plague and seemingly endless wars, like us. In this contemplative retreat, we will explore her texts and questions and reflect on how her vision can change our lives, deepen our relationships, and energize our work for justice. This retreat will be led by Robert Owens Scott, who has served at Trinity Church Wall Street as a theological educator, writer, and producer, and whose prize-winning thesis at General Theological Seminary used Julian’s writing to ask what salvation means.

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Fits and Starts: Nourishing practices for Starting and Restarting in a Pandemic World with Emily Scott

May 5-7, 2023 | Streaming on the Trinity Retreat Center Facebook page

If there’s one thing we’ve learned to do since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it’s pivot. We have been constantly on our toes, trying to adapt to swiftly changing circumstances. While adapting to changing context is at the heart of healthy leadership, crisis adaptation creates exhaustion. We are tired, yet our ministries still need our leadership. In these sessions, you will be introduced to spiritual practices and practical postures for leadership in trying times. First, we’ll focus on restoring our souls. Then, ways to stay nimble and durable as we lead pandemic-shocked communities into a new future. Whether you are starting a new community, revitalizing an existing congregation, or leading a healthy church into a new future, you’ll leave refreshed and energized, with tools to meet this ever-changing world.

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Emily M. D. Scott is a church planter and redeveloper. She is the founding pastor of St. Lydia’s Dinner Church, which sparked a global interest in the Eucharistic Meals. She currently serves as pastor of Dreams and Visions Baltimore, a new congregation rooted in the LGBTQ+ community, and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Baltimore, a revitalized congregation investing in its neighborhood. Scott is also the author of For All Who Hunger: Searching for Communion in a Shattered World.

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Little Children: Christian Spirituality in Picture Books with the Rev. Canon K. Jeanne Person

June 3-5, 2023 | Streaming on the Trinity Retreat Center Facebook page

Children’s picture books with biblical, religious, and spiritual themes and gorgeous illustrations can offer lovely ways of imagining God and talking about Jesus. Might a spiritual practice of praying with these picture books enliven one to become like a little child who will inherit and help to build God’s reign? This retreat will invite you to explore the richness of child-like spirituality through young children’s religious literature. What makes for a theologically profound children’s book? How can we pray such texts and illustrations?

This online retreat is offered by the Rev. Canon K. Jeanne Person, an Episcopal priest who is a trained co-wonderer in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program for children’s spiritual formation and has taught courses in the spiritual guidance of children at General Seminary. For nearly four decades, she has built a personal library of children’s religious picture books. The retreat will present some of her favorites for adults and children alike.

The Rev. Sandra Montes

Speaking, Writing, and Singing Truth: An Online Retreat with the Rev. Dr. Sandra Montes

June 30-July 2, 2023 | Streaming on the Trinity Retreat Center Facebook page

Speaking, writing and singing truth: As followers of Jesus, we are called to think about such things as the truth. As people with God given gifts, let us use them to creatively express truth wherever we are. As neighbors and siblings to (or part of) the least of these, let us use the spirit of power we have been given to unapologetically share the truth.

Join the Rev. Dr. Sandra T. Montes, Dean of Chapel at Union Theological Seminary and author of Becoming REAL, to explore truth, read what God’s word says about truth, and use various media to express truth.

    Recurring Online Services & Events

    Compline at Trinity Retreat Center

    Candlelight Compline

     

    Mondays-Fridays at 8pm EST | Streaming on the Trinity Retreat Center Facebook and Instagram pages Live-streamed from our stone chapel and other sacred spaces at the retreat center, our Candlelight Compline services offer a brief interval of respite and peace in the midst of whatever your life may hold. Compline is a brief, luminous service that marks the close of each day and welcomes the quiet of nighttime in praising the source of light and life. We invite you to join us in discovering how the ancient practice of daily prayer in community can deepen our sense of the sacredness of time and attune us to the heartbeat of the world. Our services are led by the Rev. Mark Bozzuti-Jones and other staff at the retreat center. We generally follow the service “An Order for Compline” in the Book of Common Prayer of The Episcopal Church. 

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    Sacred Pause: Saturday Prayers at Trinity Retreat Center

    Saturdays at 12pm EST | Streaming on the Trinity Retreat Center Facebook page

    Join Trinity Retreat Center for a brief service of contemplation and reflection based on “An Order of Service for Noonday” in the Book of Common Prayer of The Episcopal Church. Led by the Rev. Mark Bozzuti-Jones and other retreat center staff, this service offers a holy pause amid the day’s bustle, a chance to breathe, take stock, reflect together on the Gospel reading for Sunday, and offer up prayer for our own needs and those of all creation. 

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