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Christian Education Retreat

February 19 - 21, 2010   |   C.M.E. Headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee

Join the General Secretary and staff in February for the Fourth Annual Christian Educator's Retreat.  The event will be held at the Department of Christian Education at the C.M.E. Headquarters in Memphis.  We will gather on Friday, February 19 through Sunday, February 21, 2010.  The retreat registration fee is $35.  We have negotiated lodging at $99.00 - $109.00 per night plus tax.  Reservations should be made through the Department of Christian Education.  Please contact Rev. Dr. Willa Ross, Executive Assistant at (901) 345-4109 or willa.ross@thecmechurch.comClick here for more information...


Friday, February 19th
12:00 p.m. Arrival/Check-in; CE Evaluation
2:30 p.m.   Visit to Slave House
4:30 p.m.   Rest/Relaxation/Fellowship
6:00 p.m.   Welcome Dinner & Activity
Saturday, February 20th
8:00 a.m.   Breakfast at Hotel
9:00 a.m.   Worship
10:00 a.m. Sharing of CE in Episcopal Districts
11:00 a.m. Strengthening & Equipping Active and Relevant Local Boards of Christian Education
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m.  Guest Presenter
3:00 p.m.  Formation & Nurture in Action
5:00 p.m.  Break
6:00 p.m.  Evening Activity & Dinner
Sunday, February 21st
8:00 a.m.  Breakfast
9:00 a.m.  Closing Worship
10:30 a.m. Worship with local CME Churches

Understanding Retreat

Why do we use the language retreat for this gathering?

“Christian Retreats have a special focus that goes beyond personal growth or typical vacation getaways.  Retreats provide a withdrawal from disruption and unending responsibilities.  They allow us to step out of the rut of routine, so we can look upon our lives and the world with God in mind.”
                                --The Retreat Leaders Manual

Relational – A retreat involves persons coming together and forming and renewing relationships, nurturing our faith.

Encounter – A retreat involves encountering God and others in unique and out of the way settings and changing the rhythm of life.  It involves openness to encountering new and fresh ways of being.

Trust – A retreat involves letting of our frenzied lives and completely putting our trust in God as we experience the new.

Renewal – A retreat involves renewal and rest that engage the promises of God as we access avenues for Christ.

Exploration – A retreat is a time for exploration of new ideas, new methods, new understandings of leadership and mission.

Authentic – A retreat is a time for being open and forming authentic worship, play, relationships and leadership.

Theological – A retreat involves theological reflection upon the call of God in our lives, the mission of the Church and discipleship.

 Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum (Burkle Estate - Memphis, TN)
 A white clapboard house built in 1849 by Jacob Burkle is rumored to have served as a way station on the Underground Railroad for runaway slaves. A tour of the house includes a visit to a small cellar where slaves waited to escape.