Habits of the Heart for Faith Communities-A Courage to Lead Retreat
Sewanee, TN 37375
“Let us live together in peace and love in a Beloved Community.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
In his book, Healing the Heart of Democracy, Parker Palmer describes five “Habits of the Heart.”
- We are all in this together
- An appreciation of the value of “otherness”
- A capacity to hold tension in life-giving ways
- Developing a sense of personal voice and agency
- The capacity to create community
The beloved community is both a hope for the future and a call for present transformation. Our current season of unsettledness and polarization urges us to explore such transformation more deeply. How can faith communities become more truly an expression of Beloved Community? These Habits of the Heart, developed through practice, can help us stand in the gap between “what is” and “what could be” with faith and hope.
This retreat is rooted in the respectful practices and deep listening skills of Courage to Lead work. Through presentation, silence, listening, individual reflection, small group sharing and creative processing, we will explore these five habits of the heart in relation to both personal and congregational life.
Scholarships are available! Please contact us for more information.
Marjorie Thompson is a Prepared Facilitator with the Center for Courage and Renewal. She has led numerous Courage to Lead retreats, including a series of five seasonal retreats at St. Mary’s Sewanee in 2015-2016. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church, USA, Marjorie has been engaged in a ministry of teaching, retreats, and writing for more than 30 years. She teaches regularly for the Academy for Spiritual Formation, and has authored several books including Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spritual Life; Forgiveness: A Lenten Study; and most recently, Courage for Caregivers through her work with the Henri Nouwen Society.
Marta Murrell is a member of the 2018-19 Center for Courage and Renewal Facilitator Preparation Cohort. She has been introducing courage work in East Tennessee through retreats and small groups, including The Soul of Aging curriculum developed for faith communities by the Center. Marta is a former pastor, serving in a variety of teaching, facilitation and leadership development roles.