About two years ago, Andrew Sullivan wrote an article for New York magazine called "My Distraction Sickness". He writes, “The tiny cracks of inactivity in our lives are being methodically filled with more stimulus and noise. And yet our need for quiet has never fully gone away, because our practical achievements, however spectacular, never quite fulfill us. They are always giving way to new wants and needs, always requiring updating or repairing, always falling short. The mania of our online lives reveals this: We keep swiping and swiping because we are never fully satisfied."
About 350 years earlier, Blaise Pascal put it this way: “All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.”
And if this doesn't get the point through, Beck sang about it pretty convincingly in his album from last year.
Our speakers for this year, Carol Davis & Sandy Elder, will walk us through the importance of stillness & prayer. Carol Davis & Sandy Elder are both trained counselors who have been serving the church for over three decades. They now work together providing workshops on contemplation & prayer groups. Their greatest joys have been growing personally in their faith through practicing classical spiritual disciplines, and seeing others nourish their souls in fresh encounter with Christ through these same practices.
We'd love to have you join us for this year's leader's retreat — breakfast will be provided and snacks will be available throughout the day. Additionally, child care is available if you RSVP. This retreat is required for leaders, but all are welcome to attend! We hope that this time will prepare you for the year of ministry ahead. We are so grateful to serve our church body alongside you, and we hope to see you there!
- Liberti River Wards Staff Team