Friday, March 6 - Sunday, March 8
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.
In a culture of ever-busy business, we invite you to step away for a weekend to reconnect and breathe deeply in the mountains of Western North Carolina. During our time together we will share meals, play, pray, reflect on our own lives, and listen within God’s creation, as we seek right relationship with our neighbors, creation, self, and God. Together we will explore the sacred texts of Scripture, nature, and your own lives seeking God’s love.
Our speaker is the Rev. Scott Hardin-Nieri, a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Director of Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina. Scott served as a pastor in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Fort Collins, CO, as well as in Houston, Texas. An Aggie undergraduate, he holds a Master of Divinity and a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Scott enjoys accompanying people during transformative experiences, whether during hikes, spiritual direction, stories shared, service learning trips, live music concerts, camps or retreats. Prior to living in Asheville, Scott and his family served in the vulnerable cloud forest of Costa Rica. Scott continues to be reminded of his true self in forests, oceans, and deserts and seeks to invite others, particularly faith communities, into conversations regarding God’s creation.
This year we are sharing parts of our weekend with Holy Trinity Parish in Clemson. We’ll combine forces with them for our adult program, Sunday worship, and children’s programs, while still having ample time to be our St. John’s family together during the weekend.