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2017 SACRED Sisters Retreat Seeks Time for Intentional Rest and Renewal for Black Clergywomen

November 1, 2016
Sacred Sisters Retreat

Registration for the 2017 SACRED Sisters Retreat, a gathering for Black clergywomen, is now open! The 2017 gathering will center on the theme, “Together We Are Reclaiming: Wellness, Spirituality, and Community,” and will take place May 4-6, 2017 in Northbrook, Illinois. During this three-day retreat, participants will learn how to support one another both personally and spiritually in healthy and positive ways through worship, prayer, and intentional rest.

As people of faith, we are all too familiar with the feeding of the 5,000 story but often overlook how it begins:

“The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.  And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves.” (Mark 6:30-32, NRSV)

As is true for so many who serve in various ministry settings, the need to come away with Jesus and rest a while can be long overdue. The 2017 SACRED Sisters Retreat seeks to create a deserted place for beloved clergy sisters to give and receive personal and spiritual support that will lead to renewal and professional excellence. Through sacred conversations, wellness strategies, and times of silence, participants will leave renewed in mind, body, and spirit.

Black clergywomen of any denominational affiliation are invited to participate in the 2017 SACRED Sister Retreat, but registrations will be limited to 50 participants. The registration fee is $200 and includes lodging, materials, breakfast, and lunch. Limited scholarships are available. Registration ends on December 31, 2016. To learn more and to register now, go to

This retreat is sponsored by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., The United Methodist Church's General Board of Global Ministries, and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary's Center for the Church and the Black Experience.

Conceived in the heart and spirit of Bishop Linda Lee of The United Methodist Church more than a decade ago, SACRED Sisters recognizes the critically important work of supporting, challenging, and gathering Black clergywomen together for ongoing clergy health, clergy mentoring, retention in pastoral ministry and other forms of service in the body of Christ, and ultimately for the health of congregations and the call of the gospel. This peer group enables Black clergywomen to reflect together on their call and their work, play together to build bonds of support and care, and provide a network of support for Black clergywomen working in a variety of ministry settings across the United States.

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