The Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania’s Episcopal Church Women will be hosting their annual retreat at Chautauqua Institution on September 12th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The retreat will be led by The Reverand Canon Al Johnson (Canon for Congregational Vitality and Innovation with the Diocese). Canon Johnson will speak about “Jesus and the Local Church.”
Stories are at the heart of all we do each and every day and in all our churches each and every Sunday. During this retreat participants will learn the stories of each other and of Jesus. They will explore the unique calling of the local parish and then proceed to tell the story of each local parish. They will explore trends related to the local church in our nation and then look at similar concerns in our local communities. They will discuss what recent statistics about religious institutional life say about our local communities, as well as the struggles and triumphs of the local church. Finally participants will explore a local church that is living and free by discussing generativity, fear, resurrection, and abundance.
All are welcome! Registration is $20 for Saturday and is due by August 28th. Friday, overnight accommodations are available at the Episcopal cottage on a first come first serve basis (Friday and Saturday registration is $30). Contact Donna Wheeler for information and to register 814-825-5708.