Dr. Kathleen Staudt
Dec 10, 2022

“Aren’t there annunciations/ of one sort or another/in most lives?” This question turns up in Denise Levertov’s poem about the Annunciation to Mary. It suggests that the story of the Annunciation to Mary, so central to our Advent observance, contains wisdom for all of us. This Advent quiet day will use poetry, visual art and our own creativity to explore the many dimensions of this story, and to invite us into deeper meditation on the ... Continue reading...

Maya Angelou poems
Feb 9, 2022

Today we continue our Black History Month poetry series with inspiring pieces from the beloved Maya Angelou. She was not only an incredibly gifted writer, but a civil rights activist too. "Equality" was written in 1990, yet that the dream of equality is still yet to be fully achieved. The 2nd poem we're highlighting was written in 1995, entitled "Touched by An Angel" and focuses on something that can make her vision of equality possible, ... Continue reading...

cicada poem
May 19, 2021

After a much anticipated build-up of cicada talk, we are finally starting to see a few around the Retreat & Conference Center. Their "buzz" hasn't begun yet and we do hope these new neighbors will be able to keep it down a bit during their stay. ;) The unique life cycle of these insects certainly piques our interest every 17 years, doesn't it? Can you imagine the anticipation if our lives were so brief? The ... Continue reading...

Black History Monoth
Feb 24, 2021

During Black History Month, we have the opportunity to learn about leaders who we may not have been taught about before. Unfortunately, many of us didn't learn from history books that included these amazing pioneers. So, today, we are sharing just a few and we hope that you'll pursue new knowledge about others too. Then, let's pray together as we strive to be a society that is always inclusive and can heal from racial injustice. Fannie ... Continue reading...