A Lenten Retreat on Forgiveness: Learning How to Forgive Others and Ourselves
“Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:31-32
During this Lenten retreat you are invited to let go. To let go of any ill feelings that keep you from connecting with God and all of God’s people. This is an invitation to practice forgiveness just as Christ forgave from the cross.
As you probably already know, letting go of hurt, anger, resentment and other ill feelings is NOT easy. We can say it out loud many times, “I forgive you, I forgive you, I forgive you,” but do we feel it from our heart?
And just as we are called to forgive others, we are called to forgive ourselves. This can be even more difficult as we admit; we are not perfect, we are flawed, we are all sinners.
How do we change a “hardened heart?” We do not, God does. We show up, we set out intention and God does the work in us. It doesn’t happen overnight. Learning to forgive others, as well as ourselves, is something we practice every day. It is a choice that we can make every morning.
In this Lenten retreat, we will explore and experience the following:
- You will learn and experience Christian meditation practices.
- You will discover how meditation changes the wiring in our brains.
- You will explore the nature of forgiveness and how it can affect us every day.
- You will experience a safe environment to share with others.
Guided by Kathy Anderson and Susan Boruff. Check-in begins at 3pm, dinner follows at 6pm and the retreat will begin at 7pm.
Kathy Quinn Anderson has over 15 years of experience as a retreat and workshop leader and planner. She completed the Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreat Program at The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC in 2011. She currently leads a weekly centering prayer group at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Great Falls, Virginia. She is a Dale Carnegie Graduate and Stephen Leader. Kathy holds a degree in Institutional Management from the University of New Hampshire. She has two grown children and currently resides in Reston, Virginia with her husband, Dana, of 35 years.
Susan Flynn Boruff is a certified Spiritual Director, retreat guide and meditation practitioner of 17 years. She completed the Spiritual Guidance Program at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC in 2006. Susan has completed training in Bio-Spiritual Focusing Therapy, Stephen Ministry and studied with a Zen Buddhist for two years in Paris, France. Susan holds a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Carolina. She currently is a hospice volunteer for Mercy Care in Myrtle Beach, SC, where she resides with her husband, Brian, of 27 years. She also has two grown daughters. Please visit their website for more information: www.TakeTwelveToday.com.