Grace is Insidious! Appreciating the Subtlety of God’s Action in Our Lives

Friday, July 26, 2013 to Sunday, July 28, 2013

(Friday dinner – Sunday lunch)

Our weekend will be devoted to the spiritual art of detection, learning to recognize hidden signs in our experience of the subtle touch of God’s versatile, searching and tender grace. We will take inspiration from the poet and prophet Charles Peguy who spoke of the insidiousness of grace, and the possibilities of surprise in discerning its action in what is “bent, broken and from below.” Several addresses will guide participants to reflect on their own experience in ample periods of silence, and to experiment in prayer as they read between the lines in the current unfinished chapter of their lives.

The Rev. Martin L. Smith is well known throughout the Episcopal Church and beyond as a writer of books on contemporary spirituality, and as a retreat leader and preacher. He has recently retired from the staff of St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC to devote himself to writing and teaching. His books include Reconciliation, The Word is Very Near You, A Season for the Spirit, Love Set Free and Compass and Stars. His latest work, written with Julia Gatta, is Go in Peace: the Art of Hearing Confessions.

Program fee $120 Room & board $200 Total cost $320

Program check-in 4:00 – 6:00 pm Friday