Ecumenical Retreat Invitation

Registration is Open!  Environmental Ministry Retreat with University of the South May 4-6, at St. Mary’s Retreat Center, Sewanee, TN.

EM4 Retreat at the University of the South – Transfiguration of Christ and Creation: A Ministry of Wholeness
EM4 and the Center for Religion and the Environment at Sewanee would like to invite you to retreat on the “Domain” – the land holding of the University of the South on May 4-6, 2012.  “Transfiguration of Christ and Creation: A Ministry of Wholeness” is a retreat designed for those engaged in environmental ministry in Province IV.  The retreat will begin with dinner, Friday May 4 and end with lunch on Sunday May 4-6, 2012. 

What is the meaning of the story of Jesus’s transfiguration “on a high mountain”? Does it have any connection to our spiritual lives in the present day? Through this familiar biblical passage, participants will reflect on the concept that Christ’s glorification is for the whole creation and, accordingly, that it has the potential to re-energize environmental attitudes and policies. Through teaching, discussion, reflection, networking, resourcing, planning, and walking a “Canticle Trail” at the Organic Prayer Project (a program of the Center on Religion and Environment centered on a biodynamic farm at the Sisters of St. Mary Convent), this retreat is designed to provide theological insight, restful reflection and practical advice for those involved in environmental ministry in Christian churches and organizations. Come prepared to think, reflect, and engage with others.

COST: $325/person double occupancy; $350/person single occupancy. Price includes meals beginning with dinner Friday through lunch on Sunday. Commuter registration is $195.  (Partial Scholarships are available.  Please inquire.)

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For questions and Information, Contact:

The University of the South
735 University Ave.
Sewanee, TN 37383-1000

Retreat Presenter:
DR. JOHN GATTA, Dean of the College at Sewanee, the University of the South.
Dean Gatta has published several books and articles related to religion and the environment, including: Making Nature Sacred: Literature, Religion, and Environment in America from the Puritans to the Present (Oxford University Press, 2004), “The Uses of Wilderness: A Christian Perspective” (in Anglican Theological Review, 1980), and, most recently, The Transfiguration of Christ and Creation (WIPF & Stock Publishers, 2011). Dean Gatta is also an experienced teacher of environmental literature both at Sewanee and the University of Connecticut.

Retreat Leaders:
JOYCE WILDING, a Third Order Franciscan (TSSF), is an associate member Society of Ordained Scientists and environmental educator. She was the environmental ministry leader at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville from 1998-2008. Currently, she coordinates retreats for the Center for Religion and Environment.
THE REV. JERRY CAPPEL, Environmental Network Coordinator for Province IV of The Episcopal Church. Jerry’s professional interests are in adult education, ecology and faith, and interfaith relations. Jerry also serves as President of Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light and the Kentuckiana Interfaith Community. Dr. Cappel is a graduate of Harding Graduate School of Religion (M.Div.) in Memphis, TN, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY (PhD).

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