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Holy Rood House Women Clergy Retreat 2017
9th May 2017 - 11th May 2017
“Empowerment, Embodiment & Enchantment’
WITH Revd Dr Carla Grosch-Miller & Revd Elizabeth Baxter Elaine Wisdom (art Therapist) and other community members
The Rev’d Elizabeth Baxter is Executive Director of Holy Rood House and enjoys accompanying people on their therapeutic and theological journeys. From her work in inner cities and housing estates and her experience of working at Holy Rood House for 24 years, Elizabeth draws on liberation theologies, and particularly Feminist Theologies, to give a grounding to our explorations, alongside biblical material to resonate with our stories, as we travel through this retreat together. Elizabeth’s MPhil was ‘Modelling Church as Therapeutic Community’.
Carla A. Grosch-Miller is a minister in the United Church of Christ (US), a theological educator and a poet. Carla lectures on practical theology, teaches short courses on sexual maturity in ministry and speaks broadly on the topic of sexuality and spirituality. Her doctoral work on sexual-spiritual integration in theological education is an exercise in poetic practical theology. Theopoetics informs her practice and her being. She is the author of Psalms redux: Poems and Prayers (2014, Canterbury Press) and articles in Theology and Sexuality (2015) and the Journal of Adult Theological Education (2008). Carla was made an Ecumenical Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford in 2016.
Creative arts, rest and relaxation, gardens, labyrinth and library, will all be part of our retreat. There is a swimming pool a stone’s throw away, and river walks opposite the house. There will be the opportunity for massage and spiritual accompaniment. To top it all we will crack open several bottles of wine and enjoy good home-cooked food in the relaxed and welcoming environment of Holy Rood House.