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CAN SoulCare: Spiritual Practices in a World of Change

Join Neighborhood Seminary for this spiritual formation opportunity.

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CAN SoulCare: Spiritual Practices in a World of Change
CAN SoulCare: Spiritual Practices in a World of Change

Time & Location

Mar 09, 2024, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST

Mount Tabor UMC, 3543 Robinhood Rd, Winston

About the Event


Neighborhood Seminary invites you to join us for SoulCare: Spiritual Practices in a World of Change. 

The purpose of this spiritual formation program. are three-fold: personal renewal, healing and refreshment, cultivation of communities for spiritual formation, and experiencing models of spiritual practices which can be, in turn, implemented as a source of spiritual healing and community building in the communities/neighborhoods/contexts where participants live and serve.


This invitation is extended to laity in the Yadkin Valley District of the WNC Conference of UMC. Lay servants, certified lay servants, and certified lay members are especially encouraged to attend.

  • The journey begins with an in-person retreat led by Rev. Guy Brewer, Ph.D. and Ivy Parker, certified spiritual director. Guy and Ivy were leaders in the Sabbath Living component of the Clergy Health Initiative, supported through Duke Endowment, offered in WNCCUMC and NCCUMC. The retreat will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024, 10 am to 3 pm, at Mount Tabor UMC, 3543 Robinhood Rd, Winston-Salem, NC. Attendance at the retreat is required to participate in the virtual small groups following the retreat.
  • Following the retreat, participants will meet virtually in small groups with a trained spiritual director for 7 sessions of 90-minute group spiritual direction between March 4 and May 23 at a time mutually determined by participants and spiritual director.  Participants can expect their souls tended, nourished and nurtured as they engage core spiritual practices in the company of others, who also seek to know and experience God's Spirit in the midst of a world of change. Guy and Ivy will also serve as spiritual directors, along with Rev. Kim Barker-Brugman, and Rev. Jim Melson, D.Min., both Elders in the Virginia Conference.
  • Small groups will utilize John Ortberg's book, The Life You've Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People. Participants will secure their own copy of Ortberg's book prior to the opening retreat on March 2.​ An optional second book is recommended, but not required, Henri Nouwen's book Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World.
  • The experience concludes with a virtual celebration the end of May.


Because the Yadkin Valley and Catawba Districts are sponsoring this laity event, participants cost is:

$150 per person | ​1.5 CEUs: $10 paid at registration


12 spaces available in the Yadkin Valley District and 12 spaces avaiable in the Catawba District. 

Registration closes February 15, 2024, at 5 pm.

No refunds or cancellations after February 15, 2024, at 5 pm.  Refund will be 50% of paid registration fee.

* Questions, contact Pansy Crumpler,

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