Spirit Journey 2011: The Work of Prayer - The Prayer of Work


Spirit Journey 2011 is the 6th annual 3-Day guided spiritual life retreat in the Texas Conference. The retreat will be held Thursday, October 27 Through Saturday, October 29. It is modeled after the Upper Room’s Academy for Spiritual Formation. The retreat is open to all - lay or clergy - of any denomination. 


Theme: Our work in the Lord (Opus Dei) is Prayer. Our speaker, Barbara Worden, will highlight several paths to consider how we can better center our lives on God through prayer as our work – without joining a monastery, but by using Benedictine and other contemplative disciplines right where we are. Barbara Worden is a minister in the Evangelical Friends Church (Quaker) and a recently retired Emeritus Professor at the Houston Graduate School of Theology which she and her husband Ronald helped start in 1983. She also developed HGST’s Master’s level Certificate Program in Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction. She received Spiritual Director training at The Cenacle in Houston and has practiced spiritual direction both with seminarians and lay people.


Musician Elnor Boone, long-time member of Jones Memorial UMC, will be leading Worship using the Upper Room WorshipBook. The rhythm of the retreat will be a Benedictine schedule with worship, rest, study, times of silence, free time, shared meals, community time, fellowship and the Eucharist, with shared silence from Evening Prayers until Morning Prayers. This is a time for rest as well as renewal! The retreat begins with registration at 4:00 PM on Thursday, October 27, followed by worship and the Eucharist at 5:00. It ends about 4:00 PM with Eucharist on Saturday, October 29. 

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Retreat Co-Leaders:

Kathy Kothmann:




Frankie Watson:





Beverly Pichon



Sponsored by The Texas Annual Conference Center for Congregational Excellence