Sabbatical: A Pilgrimage of Missional Resting and Sending

Sabbatical: A Pilgrimage of Missional Resting and Sending

Sabbatical: A Pilgrimage of Missional Resting and Sending, combines Sabbath, learning, monastic rhythms of prayer and hospitality, and service, with recreation for a two-week journey into new monastic and missional forms of church for the 21st century. The goal of the program is to provide a restful, inspiring, and renewing environment for leaders to reflect on their vocation and orient themselves toward missional ecclesiology and contemplative practice.

Sabbatical is located at Haw Creek Commons, an integrated semi-rural neighborhood ministry which combines a co-working business, an ecumenical cooperative of worshipping communities, a community garden, partnership with a local elementary school, and retreat and educational space for continuing education. In partnership with Bethesda UMC (founded 1844) and the Blue Ridge District of Western North Carolina Conference of the UMC, the Missional Wisdom Foundation repurposed the building, parsonage and campus of Bethesda to develop this vital new hub for neighborhood life. While participating in Sabbatical you will hear the story of Haw Creek Commons, meet local leaders and people from the neighborhood, and just may get to meet the family of black bears that lives near by.

Monday – Friday:

8:00        Morning Prayer, end of Great Silence

8:30        Breakfast

9:15        Class

11:30      Break

12:00     Lunch

1:00        Options: Solitude, Ministry Engagement, Outings, Spiritual Direction

6:00        Dinner

7:00        Free Time

9:00        Evening Prayer

10:00     Great Silence

Haw Creek is a community near Asheville, NC, just 20 minutes from the airport and easily accessible via area highways. Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Haw Creek Commons is minutes away from the stunning beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking trails, local arts festivals, five star restaurants, and the unique blend of local cultures that makes Asheville a favorite destination for diverse people from around the world.

NEXT SESSION: June 26-July 2, 2016

$700 per participant, includes lodging, food, tuition, guidance for outings, and optional weekly spiritual direction
3 CEUs available for an additional $100 fee

  • Limited to 12 participants
  • Classes on Contemplative Spirituality and Missional Practice
  • Two recreational outings per week to enjoy local art, music, food, spas and other cultural gifts of Asheville, NC and the beautiful Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Hands-on missional engagement in urban and rural ministry, learning best practices with clergy and lay leaders
  • Plenty of time for solitude, reflection and quiet conversation
    Communal living with a Wesleyan rule of life
  • We will begin the program with dinner at 6:30pm on 6/26, and the end the program with morning prayers at 8:00am on 7/2.

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