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Shrine Mont Retreat 2013: Community, Crosses, and Even a Few Stink Bugs


We came in all ages to our retreat weekend—from those in their 60s and 70s to teenagers and one 10-year-old—and we even came from three separate Episcopal churches.  But from October 4 through 6 all fourteen of us were tied together in one community at Shrine Mont.

We prayed together, sang together, ate plentiful country food together, shared conversations, and built a campfire and made s’mores together.  Many of us, including all of the younger generation, joined in a workshop where we built crosses from seeds, sticks, and other natural objects found at Shrine Mont and then shared the meanings those crosses held for us.

On Saturday evening our community expanded as many of us joined members of Grace and Holy Trinity from Richmond at a "square dance" and again on Sunday morning for worship.  We took time alone, too, to read or pray or walk the labyrinth or just rest.

But if you want to find out about those stink bugs or see a lot more photos, you will have to check out the whole article here.

Above:  Galen works on her cross while her friend Kayla watches.

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