From the Executive Director – April 2014

We had a wonderful packed house at our annual Recovery and Spirituality Retreat at Laity Lodge. Ashley Cleveland, Dr. David Augsburger and artists Robert and Claudia Fuerge led us beautifully in song, instruction and artistic expression. The challenges that the material presented and the intense discussion during our break times will continue to offer me opportunities to reconsider my own way of thinking, feeling, and doing in the world – and that can only be a good thing!

Travis Reed (Work of the People) captured some amazing video, and it’ll be available to you soon. In 2013, Travis did a series of videos from our first retreat as well. Matt Russell and Kelly Hall have taken on the work of creating compilations of materials on each subject. Our first collaborative venture on “Surrender” is a beautiful work – and available now through our store and Amazon. Included in the book is a curriculum guide written by Kim Engelmann, a fantastic author, pastor and friend. It’s not only artistic and thought provoking – it is another resource that you can use at church, in recovery meetings, with a small group – anywhere you are finding ways to wrestle with what it means to surrender ourselves to the care and control of God.

Have I mentioned that we also opened our office in Richmond, VA in 2013? If you join us for our workshop on the 11th step (Thursday night May 15th – Saturday afternoon May 17th) that’s where we’ll be meeting. Come prepared to practice the 11th step and experience a time of personal reflection. I’m looking forward to seeing you!

In the meantime, keep the faith, Teresa

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