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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Retreats

I forget that I need to be practical and not all theoretical.

What can you good people tell me about retreats? Do you have a great retreat that you'd like to share? What elements must you have on a retreat? What is your most creative retreat experience?

I did a retreat for inner-city kids based on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" back when it was a popular show. Each of the life-lines was a talk -Phone A Friend was a talk about prayer, Poll The Audience was peer pressure and community...I only did it once, but it was fun.

I've also done one called Luke 18. Kids go on it when they are in 6th or 7th grade. Then each consecutive year they come back with increased responsibilities until as a senior they are giving the talks and leading the small groups. It's one of my top favorite retreats because it involves kids who have gone through the conversion process in others' conversion journey. Many of the kids in the parish point to this moment on their Luke 18 retreat as their first thought about God, his love and a relationship with him.

3 Comments:

Blogger Nick said...

One crazy retreat idea that I had (and have yet to implement, so it's not tested) is to have what I call a "Total Immersion" retreat.

Basically, it's a retreat designed to unplug everyone from the world. You could do it in a multitude of ways, monastic spirituality, bible study, etc...

The driving force behind it is that all you pack for the retreat is a change of clothes, toiletries and a bible. Don't bring anything else. Leave the iPod, cell phone, DVD player, CD player, anything else that would keep you tethered to the world, at home. Part of the idea behind this is the story of Elijah, who had to listen very closely to hear the whisper of God in the wind.

In order to have our own experience to truly find God, we need to unplug, devote our attention to Him.

12:35 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

Nick brings up an important point. You really need to know your audience. That kind of retreat might go over well with your "regulars" who want to go deeper.

11:42 PM  
Blogger TCYM Lounge said...

nick
Sounds like a great idea.

Just for thoughts, any retreat I do, whether it's for kids who "have to be there" for Confirmation or a voluntary retreat I usually make the rule that no cd players etc can come with them. They are they to retreat from the world, and the competition for their mind and heart is tough.

I think the only retreat I let them bring it was the retreats that were more of a social time. Like Ski Retreats. Obviously we spent most of Saturday skiiing, but the weekend mixed in faith related talks and prayer times.

9:22 AM  

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