Isaiah 58 tells us that as we strive for healing and reconciliation in the world, God will give us strength, that we might be a spring whose waters will never fail. As God renews our strength, we can renew our sense of how God is calling us to use that strength! This retreat offers a framework for vocational discernment that holds spaciousness for places we feel parched and how our ministry might shift over time. God is always speaking into our lives – this retreat offers space and time to go deeper toward God’s renewal of your call, whatever it is.
Join facilitators Alison Wood and Luke Rembold in a space for discernment for folks in all stages of life and discernment, whether you feel you are wandering in the desert or resting by an oasis. If you are curious about the practice of discernment and how deep listening might lead you, you are invited to come explore with us.
Spend time in reflection, conversation, practice, and rest. (Rest is a spiritual practice!) As part of a small group “pod,” explore community discernment alongside building your personal discernment practice. Grow community with other curious folks who are sensing the movement of the Spirit in their lives.
This post-event will be held at the La Salle Retreat and Conference Center (2101 Rue De LaSalle, Glencoe, MO 63038). It’s about a half an hour from the Union Station Motel in a beautiful location.
Leader: Alison Wood
Alison is a facilitator, schemer, and educator rooted in the U.S./Mexico borderlands on unceded Tohono O’odham land colonially called Tucson, Arizona. Outside of Dream & Scheme, their other paid work is with Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training as a National Organizer and Facilitator; they also work occasionally as a graduate faculty associate at the Arizona State University School of Social Work. Vocationally, Alison is engaged in education and accompaniment work that unsettles assumptions while holding space for rest and play. Alison built their vocational discernment passion and skills over ten years of work with young adults in year long service corps, elders in mainline Protestant churches, and people of all ages surviving burnout in non-profit agencies. Alison maintains her resilience with haphazard arts and crafts, walks in the desert, and afternoon naps.
Co-Leader: Luke Rembold
Luke Rembold is an educator, youth leader, and advocate for the leadership of young people in our churches and communities. A child of two educators, Luke is passionate about the intersection of education and faith, and fervently believes education has the power to transform our communities and the world. He currently serves as the youth and young adult ministry coordinator for the Presbytery of Santa Fe, coordinating the ABQ site of the Young Adult Volunteer program while building connection and community with the youth of the thirty-eight churches of the presbytery. Luke enjoys time outdoors, whether teaching tennis, cycling, or exploring New Mexico’s beautiful landscapes.
Location: Off-site at a local conference center
Length: 2 Nights (Saturday afternoon through Monday around noon)
Cost: $325 (includes lodging for Saturday and Sunday nights, six meals, and transportation from the Union Station Hotel to the conference center on Saturday and back to the hotel on Monday)