Skip to Main Content

Spiritual Formation Retreat registration open

Posted: September 28 2018 at 12:26 PM
Fred Schmidt H Copy

Rev. Dr. Frederick Schmidt

Rev. Dr. Frederick Schmidt, is the Keynote Speaker at this year’s “Drawing Closer to God” retreat, sponsored by the NIC Spiritual Formation Committee, on Nov. 3 at  Grace United Methodist Church, 1718 Avalon Ave., Joliet, IL.  He is the Rueben P Job Chair in Spiritual Formation and the Director of the Reuben P. Job Institute for Spiritual Formation, both at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He is an Episcopal priest, spiritual director and retreat leader.

The topic for Rev. Dr. Schmidt’s message is “Praying for Discernment: Changing the Way We Do Church.”

According to Rev. Dr. Schmidt, when people walk through the doors of our churches, the implicit message that many hear is, “Welcome, it will be interesting to see how your being here changes you.” We should be saying, “Welcome, it will be interesting to see how your participation in our community changes us.” All the former requires is an “org chart.” The latter requires prayers of discernment and those can change everything.

In addition to Rev. Dr. Schmidt, eight workshops will be offered at the 2018 Drawing Closer to God retreat that will present a variety of spiritual practices.   Participants may choose a morning and an afternoon workshop when they register. See the brochure for workshop descriptions.

Dream & Spiritual Interpretation presented by Rev. Dr. Regina Davis 
Centering Prayer presented by Wendy Mospan 
Spiritual Journaling presented by Rev. Irene Taylor 
Basic Labyrinth Walking presented by Becky Potter 

Dream & Spiritual Interpretation  presented by Rev. Dr. Regina Davis 
Lectio Divina presented by Barbara Miller 
Sacred Moments with Yoga  presented by Joanne Richter
Praying with Beads  presented by Becky Potter

Please download and share the brochure and flyer with your church and friends.  Also consider sharing on social media. Click here for more information and to register.

News & Announcements

Adobestock 351252012

Sympathy Notice: Kathy Dickerson

Elgin District Lay Leader Kathryn (Kathy) Dickerson, age 82, passed away on June 25, 2020, at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn, WI.


COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts Hispanic/Latinx Community

The coronavirus has hit all people, especially vulnerable communities. One of the populations that has been devastated by this pandemic is the Hispanic/Latinx community, whi…

Adobestock 110263419

Sympathy Notice: Geoffrey S. Kruse-Safford

Mr. Geoffrey S. Kruse-Safford, spouse of clergy member Rev. Lisa Anne Kruse-Safford of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on Friday, July 3, 2020, at age 54.

Episcopal Logo Horiz

Interim Bishop announced to serve NIC in 2021

A couple of months ago, the NCJ bishops (called the College of Bishops) began to meet and discuss how to provide coverage for the NIC during the 2021 year. In consultation with the…