The Episcopal Church in Colorado offers events that help individuals grow as leaders, deepen their faith and commitment to a life in Christ, and find respite from the busyness of daily life. Come experience a time of strengthening and renewal amid the exceptional beauty and hospitality of Cathedral Ridge. For more information, please contact the Faith Formation team at Faith@EpiscopalColorado.org.
Retreats, Workshops, & Conferences
Advent Retreat: Practicing the In-Between
November 30-December 2, 2018
a threshold season of In-Between
inviting, calling, challenging
the gift of waiting
in the shoreline of a new world.
An Advent retreat for those who long to wait with hope amid the myriad in-between times of every life, we will “wait” the great In-Between of Christ who reigns and Jesus soon to be born. We will wait with Joseph, John the Baptist and Mary as we practice the spiritual discipline of waiting on the shoreline of a new world. Poet John O’Donohue notes, “What is nearest to the heart is often farthest from the word,” so as we wait there will be opportunity to explore your world of response through prayer, quiet, and a variety of expressions that require no words. Engaging the In-Between and the spiritual discipline of waiting…All are welcome.
Retreat leader: The Rev. Christy Shain-Hendricks, Ascension & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Pueblo
Cost: $175/adult, with discount for double occupancy rooms
Balance & Beauty Women & Girls Retreat
Friday-Sunday, January 4-6, 2019
For girls grade 6 and above, and women of all ages
Invite your mother, friend, daughter, or granddaughter to a weekend of intergenerational fellowship, faith-deepening, and fun before school recommences. There will be large and small group presentations, crafts, worship, healthful meals, and time for self care and pampering. This retreat makes a wonderful Christmas gift.
Retreat leaders: The Rev. Amy Lythgoe, Assisting Priest for Family Ministry, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Boulder, and Elizabeth Cervasio, Director of Children and Youth Ministry, The Episcopal Church in Colorado
Cost: $175/adult, $100/youth grades 6-12
Vestry Development Conferences
February 7-9 and February 21-23, 2019
February is a time in parishes for new vestries to come together to affirm their mission, define priorities for the year ahead, and dream big about the work of the church. New in February 2019, we are offering two-night retreats for vestries from multiple congregations to gather together to learn, share best practices, and form connections with other leadership teams from around the state. Cathedral Ridge provides a distraction-free environment for planning and bonding, and sacred space for hearing God’s call. Conference weekends will include worship, presentations by conference facilitators, time for individual vestries to workshop ideas and develop mission and vision, table fellowship, and time for refreshment and reflection. Registration opens October 12. For more information, contact Nancy McClung at Nancy@EpiscopalColorado.org.
Friday-Sunday, March 22-24
Our annual Lenten retreat is a time of spiritual deepening, self-reflection, and prayer. Each year’s theme is unique, but all Lenten retreats are focused on helping participants enter more fully into the season and prepare for Holy Week and the coming Resurrection. The daily rhythm includes presentations, small group discussion, and worship, along with time for confession, personal spiritual disciplines, and exploring the grounds of Cathedral Ridge. Registration opens here on January 7. For more information, please contact the Faith Formation team at Faith@EpiscopalColorado.org.
Congregational and Leadership Development Conferences
Each year, the Office of the Bishop offers conferences for four to five congregations of the same size working on similar issues. These conferences provide the congregations with more individualized attention and consultation in congregational and leadership development. Over the last five years, we have offered five Transitional Size Conferences, two Small Church Conferences, two Pastoral Size Conferences, and one Large Church Conference.
Partnership Vicars Retreat
The Partnership Vicars have met on retreat at Cathedral Ridge for the past four years. This retreat time has been extremely valuable for the priests to talk about their unique position of caring for multiple congregations and training Licensed Lay Leaders. It has been a time of refreshment, development, learning, support, and sharing for these clergy.
Standing Committee Retreats
The Standing Committee of The Episcopal Diocese of Colorado works to shape and support the wider mission strategy for the Church in Colorado. They meet six times annually. In addition, they are committed to participating in an annual retreat at Cathedral Ridge to review, revisit, and strengthen their ministry together. This offering is open only to members of the Standing Committee.
Lay Pastoral Leaders Retreat
For the past two years, the Lay Pastoral Leaders have met at Cathedral Ridge for training, community building, and support. The Lay Pastoral Leaders are licensed lay leaders who are able to provide communion from the reserved sacrament. The Lay Pastoral Leaders provide spiritual leadership in small, rural congregations served by a partnership vicar when the partnership vicar is not present in their particular congregation on a Sunday. This meeting has been essential in developing this ministry for the diocese, for consistent training and support, and for leadership development for the lay leaders.
Questions about leadership training events at Cathedral Ridge? Contact the Office of the Bishop >