Circles of Trust Retreat, September 14-15, 2018
Circles of Trust Retreat
2018-09-14 13:00:00
2018-09-15 18:00:00
Friday, September 14, 2018 - 1:00 pm EDT to Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 6:00 pm EDT


Sponsor: UU Church of Lancaster PA, Lancaster, PA

As we return from summer schedules to activities of autumn, would you like a safe space to explore how to go forward living fully who you are, so to live an ‘undivided life’?

  • Would you like to do this spiritual exploration with others on a similar journey?
  • Would you like to learn skills that enable you to speak your truth and listen to the truth of others in a way that is mutually respectful?
  • Would you like to learn about the practice of ‘Clearness Committees’?
  • As we look ahead to the turning of the seasons and the abundance of the harvest, join others in

Coming Back, Going Forward

A retreat to learn and deepen habits of trusting communication.

You are invited to join others in two days of reflection and conversation as we remember who we are, the ground on which we stand, and how to live truthfully and fully in a world that wants us to be something less than our authentic selves. In these times it takes courage to go forward in more authentic living. And it takes a community of support.

Grounded on the writing of Parker Palmer, this retreat will offer an Introduction to Courage and Renewal principles for newcomers and a deepening of these practices for those already initiated in this work. Through individual reflection; large- and small-group conversation stimulated by poetry, wisdom stories, and art; the practice of the Clearness Committee; and other spiritually deepening activities, all set in a beautiful Tudor-style home near the heart of rich Lancaster County farmland, this retreat will offer a safe space to explore the inner wisdom in each of us as we return from summer activities and turn toward autumn activities.

This model of spiritual formation is described in detail in Parker J. Palmer's book A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life.

This retreat is sponsored in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster.

Costs: The fee of $150 includes the retreat sessions as well as Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch, and drinks and healthy snacks throughout the retreat.

Childcare is also being offered.

Register Now
Registration deadline is August 15, 2018. Retreat is capped at 20 participants. Applications for need-based scholarship assistance will be accepted, please contact revbarbarac [at] comcast [dot] net for more information.

Questions should be directed to revbarbarac [at] comcast [dot] net


Friday, September 14

Noon - optional lunch and gathering
1 pm - 8:30 pm  - Introduction, retreat sessions and dinner

Saturday, September 15

8:30 am - Continental breakfast
9 am - 6 pm - Retreat Sessions and lunch

Meet the presenters:
Cynthia Johnson, LMSW-AP , A Courage & Renewal® Facilitator is the founder of Courage & Renewal – North Texas and leads Courage & Renewal® programs in diverse community and professional settings around the country, with a particular interest in support of clergy and congregational leaders. Cynthia has also spent the last 32 years engaged as an active leader in the congregational, denominational, ecumenical and interfaith arenas of religious life. She has a certificate in spiritual direction from Perkins School of Theology.

Rev. Dr. Barbara Coeyman is an Accredited Interim Minister in the Unitarian Universalist Association, currently serving the UU Church of Lancaster, PA. She is also a Facilitator in Preparation with the Courage and Renewal program and has led workshops and classes for clergy and lay leaders using the Circle of Trust approach. She has served many congregations in the Northeast. Prior to ministry, Rev. Coeyman was Professor of Music at West Virginia University and currently serves on the Board of the UU History and Heritage Society.


2340 Hollinger Road
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2340 Hollinger Road
Lancaster, PA
United States
Dunke Residence, 2340 Hollinger Road, Lancaster, PA

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