Balance is a great word. It’s one of those words we love to hear but may not always know how to embrace. Wonderful concept, difficult to achieve, never ending process. As we continue to navigate all that is going on in and around us, it is helpful to consider both the traditional and spiritual meanings of balance. We are called to recognize and allow time for grief and gratitude, certainty and unknown, holding on and letting go.
One way to achieve better balance is through community. In community we think beyond self, deepen what is important to us as individuals and as organizations, and enjoy what Ronald Rolheiser calls “mellowness of heart.”
Join us for this virtual retreat when we will have time for personal and small group reflection and sharing, as well as spiritual practices such as journaling. We will also explore strategies for finding balance. This retreat is for all seekers, no matter where we find ourselves on the journey. All are welcome! Guided by Andrea Springer.
This is a virtual retreat and it will take place via ZOOM. Please see below for schedule details. The Center and presenter will be in touch with registered guests via email prior to the retreat. This communication will include instructions with a link to join the retreat.
9 am Gather
9:45 am Defining Uncertainty & Balance
10 am Break
10:10 am Breakout Rooms
10:45 am Tools for Balance: Ron Rolheiser’s 4 Pillars/Andrea’s 4 Cs – Community, Conversation, Care/Concern, Convivality/Comedy
11:15 am Prepare for Break
11:30 am – 1:30 pm Lunch & Free Time
1:30 pm Living the 4 Cs
2 pm Breakout Rooms
2:30 pm Closing
Andrea Springer, MA, serves as Director, Ministry Formation for the Center for Ministry Formation of Bon Secours Mercy Health. Prior to joining the CMF team, Andrea served as the assistant to the Country Leader for the Sisters of Bon Secours, USA. She is a graduate of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, now Notre Dame of Maryland University, with both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in religious studies. In addition to being a graduate of the University, she is an adjunct faculty member of the Religious Studies Department. Her classes include World Religions, Contemporary Spirituality, Christian Ethics and others.
Outside of Bon Secours Mercy Health, Andrea designs and facilitates formation experiences and retreats for a variety of organizations including nonprofit leadership teams and boards, nurses, faculty, and parish staff.
Andrea is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Theology degree at the Ecumenical Institute in Baltimore, MD.