Spiritual Retreat Programmes
Reflecting on the Earth as a Sacred Community
July 22-26, 2014 with Fr. Joe Mitchell
At Jericho House in Port Colborne, Ontario
Visual: SM Ann ThereSe Kelly, c.S.S.f.
We are coming to recognize that caring for the Earth is of vital importance for our survival. This retreat will explore how we can make a transition from a period of human devastation of the Earth to a period when humans would celebrate the sacredness of all creation. We will examine the ecological and cultural crisis facing our human family, explore the shift that is taking place in our understanding of the Earth, and consider the values and vision we need for the healing of our world. The goal is to engage in the Great Work of our time: to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on the planet out of a sense of hope and possibility (not fear and overwhelm).
Become more aware of the ecological and cultural crisis facing the human family.
Learn about the extraordinary shift taking place regarding our understanding of the world (God’s creation) and our place as humans within it.
Understand the religious values and vision we need for the healing of our world.
Explore practical ways of making personal and corporate responses that can make a difference.
Fr. Joe Mitchell, a Passionist priest, is the director of the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center in Louisville, KY. He earned a graduate degree in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies and received his training in theology at Catholic Theological Union. His current work in religious environmentalism engages the relationship between the emerging scientific cosmology and Christian theology, the cultural implications this has for human institutions, and the consequence it has for human self-understanding. His ministry has included directing retreats, parish missions, meditation courses, studies in spirituality, and religious environmental education programs throughout the United States.
Jericho House is an ecumenical and inter-faith youth leadership, justice and spirituality centre that welcomes adults and whose primary purpose is to offer education in leadership, ecological & social justice and spirituality. This purpose is enhanced by the Jericho House’s practice of hospitality which creates an inclusive and supportive environment for all visitors.