Every year, our young adult weekend fall and spring retreats are a significant marker for our community. We realize each year that there’s something to be said for getting away – stepping out of our regular rhythms of work and life to be together and slow down for reflection and the experience of the Divine. We have soaked in the sacred quiet of St. Meinrad Monastery, explored the rugged outdoors of Aldersgate Retreat Center, and eaten our way through the warm cookies and delicious meals of Wooded Glen! Wherever we go to retreat, our time together over a weekend away is integral for our individual and communal growth; great ideas and friendships have been birthed at these retreats!
Years past have given us the opportunity to explore ancient spiritual practices, our life’s story, what Jesus meant in the Beatitudes and how that connects with our modern lives, what it means to live in community, what transition or threshold points in our lives look and feel like, and our personality through a study of the Enneagram. Fun and engaging leaders have joined us for these weekends away, and they continue to be one of the primary ways our community grows and is shaped each year!
Furthering our passion for and commitment to urban ministry are the times we’ve spent in New York City doing mission work and immersing ourselves in city life. In recent years, we have traveled to Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood to work with Metro Baptist Church putting on a week of camp for kids in the summer and a weekend of city immersion and dialogue about the plight of the urban poor. In the summers of 2013 & 2015, we traveled to the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina, to engage with other like-minded people “at the intersection of music, justice, spirituality, and art,” as the festival’s tagline says.
These times away enable our eyes to be even further opened to the needs that surround us here in Louisville and give us tools to respond with intention.