Clergy from across Colorado participated in a Virtual Clergy Gathering, May 4-6, 2020. Bishop Andy Doyle of Texas led our gathering through a series of prerecorded talks and live conversations during our gathering days and are now available below.

Feel free to explore the talks, gatherings, and resources on this page to create an experience especially tailored to meet your own needs for inspiration, refreshment, and renewal. Activities provided combine short prerecorded videos, suggested gatherings for small groups and affinity groups, and suggestions for enriching time away from computer screens.

Getting Ready

Here are some tips to help you have a relaxing and fulfilling Clergy Gathering:

  • Plan a Sabbath Day.
  • Find a comfortable location, free from distractions, to participate in activities. Add a candle and a sacred object.
  • Use the two free-time sessions, Get Up and Move! and Renew and Recharge Time, to relax and refresh yourself.
  • If you plan on doing a cooking, baking, or craft activity, check out the ingredient lists and materials lists ahead of time. There might be something you need to locate or purchase in advance.

Affinity Groups

Affinity Groups offer a way for clergy with similar life experiences to gather for encouragement and reflection, and as an option, to meet with Bishop Kym. Affinity Groups for Newly Called Clergy, Deacons, LGBTQIA Clergy, Women Clergy, Rectors of Large Parishes, Young Clergy (under 40), Clergy with Young Children and Clergy of Color gathered during our Virtual Clergy Gathering. If you would like assistance in organizing another future Affinity Group or would like to invite Bishop Kym to meet with your group, please reach out to the Rev. Canon Greg Foraker at greg@episcopalcolorado.org.

Schedule for a Virtual Retreat

Evening, Day 1

Welcome!

Video by Bishop Kym Lucas

Video by Bishop Andy Doyle

Presented by Bishop Andy Doyle

The Rt. Rev. Andy Doyle, Bishop of Texas, is sought out across the Episcopal Church to participate in innovative conversations about church mission strategy, structures, and communications in an amplified world filled with digital natives. Today his interests in mission and vocation are especially relevant as together we seek to respond to the reality of our world facing pandemic and beyond. His 6-word autobiography is “Met Jesus on Pilgrimage, still walking.” 

Session 1: Freeing Our Bodies, Minds, and Souls

In the longing lyrics of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock,” she sings, “We are stardust, We are golden, And we’ve got to get ourselves, Back to the garden.” In this session, we will consider our context: cultural, business, congregational, and ecclesial. We will also construct a counter contextual vocation theology of God’s garden social imaginary. Listen to “Woodstock” by Joni Mitchell >

Watch Session 1 Video

Led by the Rev. Reagan Humber

The Rev. Reagan Humber has created a short Compline service to join in this prayerful end to your day. Find a quiet spot and set aside a few minutes following Bishop Andy’s talk or later in the evening to join in this prayerful end to our days. Compline is available to pray at any time.

For Compline, we invite all to find a dark place to pray and light a candle.

Compline Bulletin >

View Compline Video >

Sabbath, Day 2

You are invited to pause for a half hour of silent prayer and reflection. Find a quiet place to pray, reflect, and listen for God. Choose an inspiring or sacred object and place it nearby. Light a candle. Take a few quieting breaths and rest in God’s presence.

For Trust in God
O God, the source of all health: So fill my heart with faith in your love, that with calm expectancy I may make room for your power to possess me, and gracefully accept your healing; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP, 461)

Silent meditation sessions were not recorded.

Session 2: Future Imaginations

Bob Johansen says the flotsam and jetsam of our future are all around us. In this session, we will consider the emerging leadership demand within our churches and institutions. Questioning is there a difference between God’s vision, our vocation, and the reality of contextual pressures. What does the future hold for congregations? What are the shapes of church vocations?

Watch Session 2 Video

Self-Guided

This is time set aside for an activity that nourishes your body, mind, and spirit. Consider leaving your computer and choosing a physical activity you love. Walking, working out, going for a bike ride, or gardening are all options. Get outdoors and enjoy fresh air and the chance to clear your mind.

We have gathered activities to inspire movement. Choose from guided walking meditations, simple workouts for the home, yoga with your kids, or taking on a 30-day challenge.

Walking

Pilgrimage-in-place, or, Walking as Spiritual Companionship: What is supposed to happen on a pilgrimage, and what makes for a successful pilgrimage? Knowing or understanding these things, can a pilgrimage happen on a walk from your home to the grocery store? Or the post office? Or just meandering around your neighborhood? Go for a walk. Go a different direction. Go somewhere you don’t normally go. Go for the sake of going. Take your phone and call a friend, and chat while you walk. Describe what you are seeing to one-another. Spiritual Directors Matt Whitney and Jeanette Banashak went for a walk around the neighborhood in Chicago and recorded their conversation while walking. Jeanette is a co-founder of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute, and  the author of The Mindful Pilgrimage: A 40-Day Pocket Devotional for Pilgrims of Any Faith or None.

Keep Walking, Reflect, and Be Well: Walking can be a life-changing experience: boosting your physical health and providing the opportunity for reflection and spiritual growth. Church Pension Group and the Rev. Renee Miller, CREDO faculty, have compiled resources for you to enhance the benefits of your walking practice and keep you motivated as you walk to improved well-being. Listen to the Rev. Renée Miller’s insights on the benefits of a walking practice

Exercise

If you enjoy exercise and are interested in trying something new, check out one of these options.

Renew and Recharge Time

(Away from Screens!)

You are encouraged to enjoy space and time to care for yourself – body, mind, and spirit. Consider getting away from your screen and going outdoors for an activity that lifts your spirit. This can be a time of exploration and discovery, finding a way to recharge and renew today. Find the perfect spot to settle in with that book you have been wanting to read, just for pleasure. Take a nap. Listen to music, or play an instrument. Go fly fishing. Try a new recipe, or spend some time crafting (see suggestions below). What will be most healing and nurturing for you today?

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction offers a graced opportunity to reflect on your life, your ministry, and your vocation in the presence of a compassionate companion. Consider making an appointment with your spiritual director as a part of your retreat.

Fun and Simple Recipes to Nourish Body and Soul

If cooking and baking feed your spirit, try one of these easy recipes for a change of pace. Unable to find all the ingredients? Find a creative substitution.

Hands-On Crafts to Express your Creative Side

If you enjoy crafts as a way to relax and reflect, try one of these simple but beautiful projects using items you can find nearby.

Group Spiritual Direction offers an opportunity to pray and reflect on your life and journey with others. This is a good opportunity for group reflection and breakouts for direction within triads.

A Note about Group Spiritual Direction

If you would like to learn more about leading group spiritual direction, please reach out to the Rev. Canon Greg Foraker.

Hosted by Bishop Kym Lucas

For such a time as this: Living into our call in rapidly changing circumstances. Bishop Kym hosting an evening of reflection and sharing on our lives and ministries with time for sharing questions together.

Watch Conversation with Bishop Kym via Zoom >

Morning, Day 3

You are invited to pause for a half hour of silent prayer and reflection. Find a quiet place to pray, reflect, and listen for God. Choose an inspiring or sacred object and place it nearby. Light a candle. Take a few quieting breaths and rest in God’s presence.

In the Morning
This is another day, O Lord. I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently. And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus. Amen. (BCP, pg. 461)

Session 3: Unity for the Sake of Vocation

Our third session sets aside time to look at ways we can model vulnerable leadership in a cultural season of perfection. What are the critical components of building a community of mutual mission engagement? Over these three sessions, we have developed a shared vocation for the sake of a common mission. Penultimate to the cause will be our understanding of what we need to do this work. In the end, we will ask how we can partner with one another to build an interdependent mission that is willing to risk “failing gloriously” for the sake of the gospel.

Watch Session 3 Video

Conversation with Bishop Andy Doyle

Bishop Andy Doyle led a conversation with us following his three talks during our Virtual Clergy Gathering. Join in watching this lively discussion.

Watch Q&A Session:

Led by the Rev. Reagan Humber, with Bishop Andy Doyle preaching

The Rev. Reagan Humber created a short morning prayer service to close our gathering time together. Find a quiet spot and set aside a few minutes following Bishop Andy’s talk or later in the morning to join in this prayerful end to our Clergy Gathering. Morning Prayer will be prayed live together and will also be recorded and available to pray at any time.

Morning Prayer Bulletin >

Watch Morning Prayer: