Contemplative Conversations on Race Retreat

July 25, 2020
10 AM-4 PM EDT, on Zoom

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Do you long for a prayerful, safe, open space for conversations about race? Do you desire to address racism and white supremacy from a contemplatively grounded stance? Do you long to speak from the heart and listen from the heart in the journey toward healing and justice?

If so, then join Fay Acker, Shalem board member and adjunct staff, and Margaret Benefiel, Shalem executive director, in a day of sharing our stories, listening deeply to one another, and listening for God in our midst. We will gather on Zoom, create a prayerful space, listen, and have time for silence and words.


Fay C. Acker– Fay is ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and serves as a Minister Member at Large, having previously served as a Parish Associate at Northminster Presbyterian Church. A graduate of Hampton University and the Howard University School of Divinity, she also has served as the Associate Dean and as the Director of Spiritual Guidance and Pastoral Care at Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, Howard University. She is a graduate of Shalem’s Transforming Community: Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups & Retreats Program and is currently part of Shalem’s Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program.

Margaret Benefiel– Margaret, Executive Director of Shalem, holds a PhD in Spirituality from Catholic University and an MA in Theology from Earlham School of Religion. She is a graduate of our Nurturing the Call: Spiritual Guidance Program and serves on the staff of that program as well as on the staff of our Going Deeper: Clergy Spiritual Life and Leadership Program and our Young Adult Life and Leadership Initiative. She created and directs the Soul of Leadership Program and is the author of numerous articles and books on contemplative leadership, including The Soul of a Leader and Soul at Work.

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The cost is $50. (Scholarship assistance available)

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