Women's Retreat

Women's Retreat

The House of Hope Women’s Retreat - Friday evening, April 28 through Sunday morning, April 30
Assisi Heights, Rochester
The Greening Power of Faith: Caring for Body, Mind, and Soul
Rev. Julia Carlson, Speaker and Facilitator

When a forest does not green vigorously, then it is no longer a forest. When a tree does not blossom, it cannot bear fruit. Likewise, a person cannot be fruitful without the greening power of faith. The soul that is full of wisdom is saturated with the spray of a bubbling fountain: God. —Hildegard of Bingen, translation by Gabriele Uhlein

Guided by the Reverend Julia Carlson, we will connect this 12th century German mystic and remarkable woman—who was also an “abbess, artist, author, composer, pharmacist, poet, preacher, and theologian”—to modern writers, poets, theologians, doctors, and scientists. We will look at her concepts of Virtue, Verdancy, and Wisdom; her interesting images of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit; and her ways of talking about evil in the world and in the self. Beginning when she was three years old, Hildegard received visions throughout her life. She took ten years to write them down in her book Scivias (Know the Ways) and, after Pope Eugene III read it, he encouraged her to continue her writing. She also wrote over 300 letters to people who sought her advice, and composed short works on medicine and physiology. “Hildegard’s visions caused her to see humans as ‘living sparks’ of God’s love, coming from God as daylight comes from the sun.” In 2012, Hildegard was canonized and named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XVI. All women are invited for a weekend of renewal and reflection at Assisi Heights with its beautiful chapel, building, grounds, and outdoor labyrinth. Besides the presentations, discussions, and community with others, there will also be time for relaxation, rest, and solitude.

All women are invited for a weekend of renewal and reflection at Assisi Heights with its beautiful chapel, building, grounds, and outdoor labyrinth. Beside the presentations, discussions, and community with others, there will also be time for relaxation, rest, and solitude.

Cost: $140 per person. For further details and/or to register with payment stop by the table outside the Kirk Parlour on Sundays April 2 and 9 OR in the church office. Please note that space is limited, and registration and payment is due in the church office by Wednesday, April 19.