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Women’s and Men’s Contemplative Retreats Scheduled for March and May


Decatur, GA— Columbia Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning is offering two spiritual retreat events this spring. The Contemplative Retreat for Women will be held at the Benedictine Spirituality and Conference Center at the Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, AL, Sunday, March 18, to Thursday, March 22, 2007. The Contemplative Retreat for Men runs the week of May 6-11, 2007, and will be held at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, near Conyers, GA. The women’s retreat, led by Rev. Carol Byrd, offers participants a time for rest, renewal, and quiet refreshment; spiritual discipline and inspiration; relaxation in a beautiful outdoor setting; and the opportunity to restore a sense of inner peace and serenity in a quiet and unhurried atmosphere. The program fee is $275, which includes housing and meals. Registrations are due by March 11. Participants in the men’s retreat, led by Rev. David Guthrie, will follow the monastic day of worship, prayer, work and private meditation. The daily schedule includes a talk by one of the monks on the contemplative life, and those participants who are able will share in the manual work of the monastic community. The retreat will offer generous amounts of unstructured time in the afternoons. The program fee of $350 includes housing and meals. Enrollment is limited to 12 men and registrations are due by April 5. Carol Byrd, leader of the women’s retreat, earned the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Columbia Theological Seminary. She has served as pastor of churches in Ohio, North Carolina, and Alabama. A Benedictine oblate affiliated with Sacred Heart Monastery, she is an experienced retreat leader and has led this event several times. David Guthrie, leader of the men’s retreat, is executive director of the Board of Evangelism and Home Mission of the Moravian Church in America (Southern Province) in Winston-Salem, NC. An ordained Moravian pastor, Guthrie began as a participant at this annual retreat in 1991, and has led the event many times over the past ten years. In the mid-1990s he earned the Certificate in Spiritual Companionship from the Institute for Pastoral Ministries at St. Thomas University in Miami, FL. For more information or to register for either event, go to Columbia Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning Courses and Events Calendar to locate the event. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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