What Now, God? Exploring Career, Vocation and Self in Mid-Life
July 22, 6:00 p.m. to July 23, 7:00 p.m.
Christ the King Retreat Center
6520 Van Maren Ln., Citrus Heights, CA 95621
Registration is now open!
Are you in midlife and feel like what you have been doing is no longer satisfying?
Have you found that your mind and spirit are changing, or that you have a vague calling to something new and presently unknown? Would you like to do some discernment among and with people in a similar situation? Would you like to petition God about all of this?
Then this retreat is for you!
“What looks like falling can largely be experienced as falling upward and onward, into a broader and deeper world, where the soul has found its fullness, is finally connected to the whole, and lives inside the Big Picture.”
– Father Richard Rohr
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Sierra Pacific Synod are co-sponsoring this retreat for persons inside and outside the ELCA in Northern California and Nevada to meet in a retreat setting to explore what God is doing in their lives.
Mid- and later-life often brings with it questions about purpose and direction. Should I continue to do what I am doing? Is there something else God might be calling me to? Why do I feel like something important is shifting within me? Is it time for a change?
The God we know seems to be interested in new things, in character growth, in the maturing of our faith, and in the widening of our vistas.
You are encouraged to join this retreat to tell your current story, to listen to those of others, and to pose clarifying questions. There will be time for worship, sharing of meals, talking one-to-one, creating a life collage, and sharing communal and scriptural wisdom.
Dr. Jane Strohl, Professor, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
Dr. Strohl will kick off our thinking in her inimitable conversational and theological style. She is the Southwest California Synod/First Lutheran Chair of Reformation Theology and History, a member of the Core Doctoral Faculty at the Graduate Theological Union, and a student of modern and inner life.
Schedule of Events
- 4:30 p.m. – Registration
- 6:00 p.m. – Dinner
- 7:00 p.m. – Why Now? Welcome and introductions keynote by Dr. Jane Strohl
- 9:30 p.m. – Fellowship
- 8:00 a.m. – Breakfast
- 8:45 a.m. – Worship
- 9:00 a.m. – What Now? Small group conversations
- 12:00 noon – Lunch
- 1:00 p.m. – Who Now? Collage work and intra-group sharing
- 3:15 p.m. – Where Now? Pointing in new directions, coalescing a vision Mutual blessing Closing prayer
- 6:00 p.m. – Dinner and good-byes
A helpful companion for this retreat is the book, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr. You are encouraged to purchase and read it before the retreat.
Cost of Retreat
- $173 Double accommodations, including room, four meals, and program
- $179 Single accommodations, including room, four meals, and program
- $72 Commuter rate, including four meals and program