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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Clergy Retreat with Walter Brueggeman

It's always such a treat to be with Dr. Brueggeman but especially so at the Annual Newark Clergy Retreat.

Normally, Clergy Retreats are cause for my annual vocational crisis. Not so with Dr. Brueggeman. Especially his talk last evening on "Post Exile: Telling the Story Faithfully".

This morning's lecture is "Post Exile: Creating a Culture of Interpretation". He argues that we ought not be "Custodians of Cultural Values." And that we, like the post-exilic Jews, are called to move past, "Budget, Buildings and Programs to a 'fresh intentionality' about the gospel."

The conversation has been fresh and exhilarating - even after the second cup of coffee.

How exciting is this?


Karen H. said...

Enjoy your retreat time. Walter Brueggeman was one of my favorite reads as a seminarian. Still is. I imagine the time will restore the mind & spirit. Thanks be to God.

Raven~ said...


Dr. Brueggemann now resides in Cincinnati, attends St. Timothy's

He has been offering a program called "The Other Way"

Your retreat sounds like a two day version for religious professionals

There are podcasts:

Muthah+ said...

We had Walter up here not to long ago. He is such a shot in the arm to one's preaching and faith

Fran said...

Retreat with Walter Bruggeman?

Ahhhh. Sounds wonderful.

You had put up photos of your clergy retreat, either last year or the year before. Maybe both. I was deeply struck by the photo showing diversity and by how you are formed in ministry through diversity.

Unity through diversity. Imagine that. *sigh*

Not complaining, I am where I am with full, conscious and active participation (haha Catholic Vatican II liturgy ironic humor) but still wistful.