A Little History
I moved home to Grand Manan in June 2015, for what I anticipated to be a summer on the island, filling in at Community Life Church. Toward the end of the summer, the CLC family, pastorless, asked us to stay. To our own surprise, we were compelled to do so. We had been smitten by one of the most beautiful little fellowships that we had ever encountered.
This whole “leg” of our journey deserves a more detailed explanation but that will have to come in another place at another time.
I connected with Walter Wilson. We were both in similar places spiritually, seeing and sensing things that were new and life-giving to both of us but foreign to our faith upbringing. In our early conversations we spoke of the island setting for a retreat that would invite followers of Christ into a “gracious spaciousness“, a term that I first heard from Wendy Gritter.
This is our second, perhaps of many, or perhaps the last retreat. Our heartbeat and passion is to invite others into the larger spiritual landscape that no denomination or theological system can fully explain or package. This may seem frightening to some … it was to me but I realized that God was confined by my conditioned understandings, assumptions and presuppositions.
Brad Jersak (A More Christlike God) spoke last year to challenge each of us to stretch forward. Paul the apostle described it as a “straining” toward what is ahead. I requested that Brad provide a recommendation for a follow-up retreat. His immediate response was Russ Hewett. I have spoken with Russ on the phone and we have shared our own stories. You’ll hear this story at our retreat this fall. It will be one that will likely resonate with your own. Our retreat is for hungry people, tired of the same old same old and determined that there must be more.
I hope to see you on the last full weekend of September.