Alpine Presbytery Retreat
Venue: Hanmer Springs
Sunday 23 to Monday 24 June, with an optional programme on Tuesday 25 June
Many felt that the March 15 Christchurch Mosque shootings evoked both compassionate solidarity and sober reflection on the tendency to distance ‘the other’. As we dwelt a bit in the shadows we had to ask how we might be led into deeper discipleship. Indeed, how might Alpine Presbytery build character which commits itself, to tell the truth about ourselves and our context, resists the assumption of power, seeks God in the face of the stranger, and celebrates difference whilst appreciating the manner in which the new humanity in Christ relativizes all culture?
These are big questions and no doubt require sustained attention. This retreat will be a precious opportunity to spend time with one another, find some rest, and explore what God might be saying to us individually and corporately as we dwell in the account of Peter and Cornelius found in Acts 10. In Gal 3: 26-29 (a lectionary reading for April 23) we are told that in God’s household there is a new humanity which supersedes human boundary markers. What will God do in us as we sit with the account of Peter meeting Cornelius…when God’s mission changes not only the world but the church.
The Retreat this year will again be held at the Hanmer Springs Golf Club, with the Tuesday morning session being at the Anglican Church.
Register by 17 June.
You may wish to arrange your own accommodation, and links to some providers are below. We will also have the opportunity for some to participate in shared houses, and if you wish to do this please indicate on your registration (note: register by 31 May if you choose this option)