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Creative Writing as a Spiritual Practice: Exploring the Power of Words to Open Us Up to the Presence of God in Our Stories, Our Lives, and Our World

January 28th-29th, 2019

Come away from the busyness of your life to experience creative writing as a spiritual practice. When we write creatively, we open ourselves to grow in spiritual practices like attentiveness, intentionality, empathy, and gratitude – gifts we want to grow as disciples of Christ. The creative output and sharing during this event will build a remarkably close community and lead to conversations of remarkable spiritual depth. Challenge yourself creatively and spiritually, and leave with a sense of peace at having drawn closer to yourself and to God.

This program is interactive with lots of writing in community and on your own. Process is much more important than product – so no matter how much (or how little) writing you’ve done in the past, this retreat can be for you! Groups that have participated in this program have included people from ages 25 to 85. Small groups that already know each other, and people who’ve never met before have felt that they’ve grown in their relationship with God and with each other. Clergy have also been enthusiastic participants in these programs.

Workshop Leadership:
Debra J. K. Bronkema has been Pastor of Pleasantville Presbyterian Church in Pleasantville, New York since Easter Sunday 2007. She earned her Doctor of Ministry Degree from Columbia Theological Seminary, with an emphasis in Creative Writing as a Spiritual Practice, studying with Barbara Brown Taylor and Rodger Nishioka. Debbie leads programs and retreats on this topic throughout the country. Prior to their move to Pleasantville, Debbie and her husband John were Co-Executive Directors of Cedarkirk Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center in Lithia, Florida. Debbie grew up in Michigan and was a CPA when she heard a call to ministry. Debbie and John have 4 children, Cali, Dylan, Logan and Caleb. This Spring, Debbie published her first novel, Finding Manna.

Lodging & Meals:
Your fee of $125 includes private (shared restrooms), climate-controlled lodging with linens, and all meals (Monday lunch through Tuesday lunch). A non-refundable deposit of $30 is required for registration.