A Spiritual Retreat for MCC of the Blue Ridge

May 20-21, 2016 at Phoebe Needles Retreat Center, Callaway, Virginia

$30/per person (includes lodging and three meals; linens included)

Retreat begins at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 20 and concludes on Saturday, May 21 at 4:00 pm

Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos

The Holy Spirit is our best and most reliable Source for creativity, renewal, inspiration, and strength.  In order to nurture a relationship with Spirit that shapes and inspires our lives all the time, it takes some intentional effort on our part. We can open ourselves to new heights of joy and become better equipped to make a positive difference in the world around us when we develop spiritual practices that really work for us (and really work for us given our unique personalities/styles and the complexities of the lives we lead).

Join us for this exciting opportunity to gather for Spiritual Retreat and Renewal as we explore SpiritSource for each of us and our community. Our schedule will include time for individual reflection, small and large group activities, worship, and time for play!  Not only is this an opportunity for each one of us to discover more about what we can do to foster our own spiritual growth and development, it is also an opportunity to nurture the relationships we have as members of MCC of the Blue Ridge in this exciting time of renewal for our community.

We will gather at the beautiful Phoebe Needles Retreat Center, nestled in the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where we will have comfortable accommodations and excellent meals (www.phoebeneedles.org).  The retreat will begin on Friday evening with dinner and conclude on Saturday at 4 pm, in time for you to return home by Saturday evening.  Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos, our facilitator for the retreat, will also be our preacher during worship on Sunday, May 22.

Cost is $30 per person, which includes three meals and lodging (linens included).

The Rev. Dr. Kharma R. Amos has served as the Associate Director of Formation and Leadership for Metropolitan Community Churches since late 2011. In that role, she is privileged to work with and support clergy, candidates discerning and preparing for ordained ministry, and other leaders of MCC around the world. Kharma served as the Senior Pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia for nine years prior to joining denominational staff.

Kharma received her Master of Divinity degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 2002 and her Doctor of Ministry degree from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2008 where her work focused on Queer Theology and Congregational Life. Kharma was the founding chair of the MCC Theologies Team, where she served from 2006 until 2013.  She was a contributor to the Human Rights Campaign’s Out in Scripture online commentary and authored a chapter in the book Split Ticket: Independent Faith in a time of Partisan Politics.

Kharma has been involved with MCC for over 25 years and has been affiliated with MCC congregations in Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Florida. She currently lives in Tallahassee, Florida with her partner, Rev. Elder Diane Fisher, and their dog, Kady.