Frank McNair

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A Time Apart to Reflect

Photo: Side Altar at Iona Abbey
Photo Credit: Martin Guppy

The notion of retreat doesn't hold much appeal in popular culture. We fill our lives with such frantic
to-ing and fro-ing that the notion of stopping all the activity is terrifying. Sad... 

Whatever the spiritual tradition, retreat has a long and storied history in human faith-formation.  Retreats provide us with a time to get out of the fray, to reflect on where we have been and where we are heading.  A chance to pause and take stock--to see if we are spending our lives in a way that truly reflects what we value most in life. 

Retreat leadership is both a gift and a burden. People give to you, to themselves, and to God one of their scarcest resources--time. And the burden is to open up a space where they can use the time to be most-present to God and to themselves, a space where the inconsequential falls away and they can focus on the fundamental. 

I have shaped and led retreats for a variety of groups in a number of formats.  A few are listed below; contact me to talk about your specific needs. 

  • Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church--men's retreat 

  • King Moravian Church--congregational retreat 

  • Grace Moravian Church--congregational retreat 

  • Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church--congregational retreat

  • Saint Paul's Episcopal Church--vestry retreat 

  • Southern Province of the Moravian Church--clergy retreat--"a Benedictine experience"

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