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Women’s and Men’s Contemplative Retreats Scheduled for April


Decatur, GA— Columbia Theological Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning is offering two spiritual retreats this spring. The Contemplative Retreat for Women will be held at the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center at the Sacred Heart Monastery in Cullman, AL, Sunday, April 19, to Thursday, April 23, 2009. The Contemplative Retreat for Men runs the week of April 27-May 1, 2009, and will be held at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, near Conyers, GA. The women’s retreat, led by Barbara McKee, 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 $300 and includes housing and meals. Registration is due by April 9. Enrollment is limited to 20 women. The program fee includes a $50 non-refundable deposit. Participants in the men’s retreat, led by John Knight Hill, 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. A $50 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration and final payment is due by April 6. Enrollment is limited to 20 men. Barbara McKee earned a Master of Christian Education and a Master of Divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary. She is working toward the certificate in Spiritual Formation at Columbia Theological Seminary. McKee is a retired PC (USA) minister and member-at-large of St. Andrew Presbytery. John Knight Hill is executive director of the Center for Care and Counseling in North Augusta, SC. He earned a Master of Divinity from Yale University School of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary. For more information, go to and scroll down to the date of the event. Or e-mail Sarah Erickson at Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). xxx

Genie Hambrick

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