Sabbath Vision | Restoring Hope in Tomorrow

Presented by Meg Castellini

Wednesday, August 5 from 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Her life changed suddenly! Now what? During this retreat we will reflect on the story found in Luke chapter 13 which describes the healing of an unnamed woman on the Sabbath. What does this story tell us about healing and the blessing of a new perspective? 


This remote retreat (via Zoom) will still offer the opportunity for small group and large group discussion. Prepare to be blessed by this story which will encourage you to contemplate the focus which guides your own vision for tomorrow. Fee: $20 or whatever you can afford.


Meg has been facilitating retreats for the past 14 years throughout the Diocese of Syracuse. Meg integrates her experience as a hospital chaplain, spiritual director, caregiver and business professional as she helps communicate God’s desire for relationship with each person. Besides developing retreats, Meg currently produces videos, manages websites and oversees communications for St. Augustine’s in Baldwinsville and the Spiritual Renewal Center.

September 16, 2020

Children of Our Parents, Children of God

Rev. Dr. Mark Lawson

10:00 - 12:00 noon

Fee: $20, or whatever you can afford

We can’t truly understand ourselves apart from seeing how we reflect our parents. Yet, our development involves differentiating ourselves from them. In this presentation, Rev. Dr. Mark Lawson will examine this truth, and then look to the gospels for clues about how Jesus grew in his own self-understanding, differentiating himself from his own earthly family in order to mature into his identity as Son of God.  This evening of renewal will help participants gain a deeper understanding of their lives, as children not only of earthly parents, but more essentially, as children of God.  


Mark holds a PhD in New Testament, and is the pastor of United Church of Christ in Bayberry, a staff spiritual director here at the Center, and an adjunct faculty member in the religious studies department at Le Moyne College.


This session was offered in January to such enthusiasm that we are repeating it for those who missed it the first time.  Register today!

October 08, 2020

Shame, Ego, and God Within Us

Rev. Terry Zehr

10 a.m.-noon OR 7-9:00 p.m.

Fee: $20, or whatever you can afford


In the complexity of being human, shame and ego interact in our lives in ways that shape us.  The gospel invitation of Jesus is to live from a different place—the place where God’s Spirit resides in us. In this seminar, Rev. Terry Zehr will explore the interaction of shame and ego in our lives by looking at Jesus’ interactions in the gospels, the Orthodox concept of Theosis, and the Anabaptist ethos of Gellasenheit.  


Terry is a Conference Minister for New York Mennonite Conference, part of Mennonite Church USA.  He has a Masters in Teaching and a Seminary degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary.  In addition to part-time ministry and serving as a spiritual director at the Center, Terry was part of a family-owned hardware and building supplies business for 17 years. 

Online Day of Renewal Spiritual Transformation: Our Journey into God"

Presented by Jim Krisher

October 15 from 10 am - 5 pm OR October 17 from 10 am - 5 pm

Jim Krisher, Center Director, will lead this exploration of how change is built into the fabric of God’s universe and into our nature as humans—and we need not fear it.  This day of prayer and reflection will focus on our growing participation in the life of the Trinity—the process of spiritual transformation.  

Pre-registration is required, and the retreat will be limited to 20 persons. We ask $30. fee for the day, or whatever you can afford. To register for this event, click the link below. 

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Hours of operation: M-T-W 9-5, Thursday 9-6, Friday 9-4 (September-June)

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