[Press Release] Come, Farm Churches! Come, garden ministries! Come, Dinner Churches! Come, you with your dirt covered boots! Come, city-dweller growing food in postage-stamp sized gardens! Come, you who long for dirt under your fingernails! Come, you weary! Come, you just-getting-started! Come, you minister! Come, you volunteer!
Join us August 10-12 at Nobleview Outdoor Education Center in Russell, MA for a retreat for local Christian leaders who have discerned a call to work closely with the land or who hope that food (growing it, cooking it, eating it) and caring for land will be integral to their life of ministry. We’ll gather together for prayer, rest, mutual learning, and connection. We’ll do some sharing about what we’re learning, scheme together about how to care for these ministries, and to cultivate our own joy and rootedness.
This retreat is for you. So, as you register, you will vote on topics and activities that will nourish you. I know that this work is hard and so there will be plenty of downtime, prayer, and fun. I also know that this work doesn’t always pay, so this retreat is 100% free with gratitude to Duke Divinity’s Foundations of Christian Leadership. All that is needed is for each person to help cook a meal and clean-up after.
As I hear back from you, I will weave a structure for our time together and will send out a schedule for those Type-A farmers among us. Some of the questions we might look at are: how does a deep and sustained commitment to local ecology affect Christian institutions’ vitality? What kinds of leadership are needed to shift inwardly focused institutions to turn outward? How do we sustain ourselves as we work to sustain the land and our communities? If there’s a session that you’d like to help co-facilitate or if you’d like to help lead worship, let me know (there’s a stipend in it for you!).
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to be in touch: anderson.ashleyj @ gmail . com.
Minister of Liturgical Arts & Community at The Crossing, Boston