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Online Retreats and Services

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

The Rev. Joseph Rose

All Things Under Our Feet: Liberating Creation, with the Rev. Joseph Rose

July 22-24, 2022  | Streaming on the Trinity Retreat Center Facebook page

In Genesis, God calls creation “good” six times before humans are even created. In a season when that good creation is damaged and crying out, often contributing to the suffering of the poor and the oppressed, join us for an online weekend retreat exploring the ecological crisis through the lens of liberation theology.

The Rev. Joseph Rose, Trinity Retreat Center's executive director and a transitional deacon in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, will lead five sessions of prayer, meditation, confession, and listening for God’s heartbeat in nature and among the most vulnerable. From the retreat center’s farm, forest, and riverbanks, Rose will draw from Scripture, poetry, and the Book of Common Prayer’s Baptismal Covenant will invite all who join to ponder the cosmic scope of God’s salvation in Jesus and how we can extend our Creator’s liberating, redemptive activity to the natural world.

The Rev. Diane Berke

Created for Joy, with the Rev. Diane Berke

August 5-7, 2022  | Streaming on the Trinity Retreat Center Facebook page

"A joyful heart is good medicine ..." (Proverbs 17:22)

In 2015, Archbishop Desmond Tutu traveled to Dharamsala, India, to celebrate the 80th birthday of his dear spiritual friend and brother, the Dalai Lama. These two remarkable exemplars of joy spent a week together exploring the qualities of heart and mind that lead to joy, a meeting described in The Book of Joy and now the documentary film "Mission: Joy."

This retreat will focus on the four qualities of the heart they spoke about - forgiveness, gratitude, compassion, and generosity - and introduce practices to help us cultivate or deepen these qualities in ourselves and our daily lives. Each session will include poetry and/or inspirational readings, opportunities for journaling and reflection, and invitations for prayer and practice between sessions.

The Rev. Diane Berke is the Founder and Spiritual Director of One Spirit Learning Alliance, an interfaith and interspiritual educational organization entering its twenty-first year of training ministers and spiritual companions to serve the needs of our increasingly diverse and multicultural world. Ordained in 1988, she has led retreats and workshops on spiritual development throughout the United States and internationally.

Rabbi Darren Levine

 

Jewish Renewal For All Faiths, with Rabbi Darren Levine and Vocalist Chesney Polis 

September 2-4, 2022  | Streaming on the Trinity Retreat Center Facebook page

New beginnings and the promise of hope mark the start of every Jewish New Year. People of all faiths are invited to this online retreat to reflect, repent, and renew, drawing upon the spiritual themes of the Jewish High Holy Days. Join Rabbi Darren Levine and Vocalist Chesney Polis to engage in the teachings and melodies of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur so that we may all be sealed into the Book of Life for a new year and a new beginning.

    Recurring Online Services & Events

    Candlelight Compline

    Compline at Trinity Retreat Center

     

    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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