March 17, 2014
Thirteen men kicked off the annual weekend gathering with a one-day silent retreat Thursday, February 27,at Pilgrim Firs. About three times that number shared the rest of the weekend together. Program activities included golf, Bible study, walks, kayaking, running, singing, ping pong, food, conversation and worship. So, what is most memorable two weeks later?
The silent retreat was a true gift. Silence forced me to slow down, take stock of my thoughts and consider what is really important. I felt a special bond to this small group through our shared experience, and it offered great mental preparation for the weekend.
This year’s program theme, “What does it mean to be a man; what does it mean to be a man within the context of Christianity?” provided opportunities to write both individual and group haikus, which created the foundation for good weekend-long discussions.
An optional Bible study explored the prodigal son parable, from perspectives of fathers and sons, and helped me see this familiar story with new eyes. Sharing the cup and bread in a worship service that evolved from the theme was another highlight.
We welcomed several men back from extended retreat-sabbaticals (prodigal sons?) and new faces to get to know. Small discussion groups, formed for program work, meal conversations and sharing of symbols, provided catalysts for developing relationships and becoming better acquainted.
We were each requested to bring a symbol on the program theme to share. I still remember symbols and stories from years ago, and I am grateful for the many willing participants. Consistently, the most meaningful part of the retreat for me is the personal stories shared around this circle.
I encourage you to consider setting aside the first weekend in March next year, and also invite you to share in the planning of next year’s retreat.
Notice to 2014 Plymouth Men’s Retreat Participants
Now that you’ve had a couple of weeks to reflect on the recent retreat, we’d like to process feedback and begin planning 2015 Plymouth Men’s Retreat. Due to group size and awareness that one time doesn’t always work, there will be two meetings. Please join us whether or not you want to take an active role in planning and leadership. Come, share your thoughts and feelings about the recent retreat, and help us dream, imagine and dedicate the purpose for the next one: 10 am, Sunday, March 23 or following the 11 am worship service Sunday, March 30.
Save the dates! Plymouth Men’s Silent Retreat: Thursday, February 26, to Friday, February 27/Plymouth Men’s Retreat: Friday, February 27 to March 1, 2015.Subscribe