Fall Retreat 2021 ... September 24, 25

Our Fall Retreat will take place on September 24 & 25 at the Castalia Marsh Retreat.  This retreat will be highly interactive (hopefully).  Rev Peter Fitch will be our special speaker.

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.

Our heartbeat and passion is to invite others to discover and explore the larger spiritual landscape that our individual traditions often obscure. No denomination or theological system can fully explain or package the Kingdom of God.  This may seem frightening to some … it was to me but I realized that God was confined by my conditioned understandings, assumptions and presuppositions.

 Rev. Peter Fitch has graciously consented to facilitate our retreat this year.  After several conversations we gained some general direction which we believe will be extremely helpful as we continually readjust to God’s leadership in an ever changing reality.  We are believing that we will be able to do this “maskless”.  If we cannot, we may decide to ;postpone another year. 

Stay tuned …


Dr. Peter Fitch has been teaching at St. Stephen’s University in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, since 1979. He is the past Dean of Ministry Studies and his current title is Professor of Religious Studies and Historical Theology. He has taught in college or university programs in the United States, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom and led many study groups through Western Europe and the Middle East. A major focus in all his academic work has been the history of Christian spirituality. He has written several books on different aspects of Christian life including suffering and resilience, Biblical interpretation, and learning how to follow the intuitions of the heart.

Peter loves to explore the past in order to find wisdom for building healthy Christian communities for today. This is more than an academic interest. Peter and his wife, Mary Ellen, along with a group of friends, planted St. Croix Vineyard Church, now called St. Croix Church, in 1992, and they continue to share in pastoral leadership there. They have four grown children and four grandchildren.

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  • Our registration fee is $50 and we are limiting the event to a maximum of 30 people. eTransfers are received at karl.ingersoll@gmail.com. The retreat will once again be held at the Gathering Place in Castalia Marsh Retreat.