Clergy Retreat



The Engaged Spirituality of Jesus – Clergy Retreat 2018

Check-In is from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, Monday, April 23. Dinner begins at 6:00 pm.
Conference concludes at 12:00 pm, Wednesday, April 25
Full schedule

Information has been sent to all clergy by email. Please email or if you did not receive this information. Registration and payment deadline is Tuesday, March 20.

Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, 126 Riverfront Lane, PO Box 9690, Avon, CO, 81620

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Parking is available for a discounted price of $5 a night.

Child Care:
Child care is being provided. Please use this link to reserve a space for your child.



The Engaged Spirituality of Jesus

Our retreat leader, John Bell, will lead us in reflection on “The Engaged Spirituality of Jesus,” in a spacious rhythm of talks and open times for reflection, spiritual practices, community, rest and refreshment. John Bell, who was also our keynote speaker at our Annual Convention of The Episcopal in Colorado, is a preacher, hymn writer, composer, lecturer and broadcaster. He is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland and a member of the Iona Community.


The Rev. John Bell

During his studies in theology, John Bell became the first (and last) student Rector of the University of Glasgow. After a period in the Netherlands and two posts in in church youth work, he became employed in the areas of music and worship, founding during that time, with Graham Maule, the Wild Goose Worship Group and the Wild Goose Resource Group.
He is a past convenor of the Church of Scotland’s Panel on Worship and the committee that produced the ground-breaking Church Hymnary 4. In 1999, he was honoured by the Presbyterian Church of Canada and the Royal School of Church Music which bestowed on him a Fellowship. He was awarded in 2002 an honorary doctorate by the University of Glasgow, and in 2013 the Community of Christ International Peace Award. John has produced many collections of liturgy, scripts, sermons and reflections, original hymns and songs (some in collaboration with Graham) and three collections of songs of the World Church, and is primarily concerned with the renewal of congregational worship at grass roots level.