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Lectio Divina Class
10:00 AM10:00

Lectio Divina Class

Encountering the Word to Be Transformed 

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.” —Romans 12:2

But how do we do this? 

  • Do you long for a renewed mind? 

  • Do you hunger to know God’s will for your life? 

If you answered Yes to even one of these questions, come learn a way of encountering Scripture afresh that has its roots in the practices of the Desert Mothers and Fathers and the early church. The Latin term for the process is known as Lectio Divina, which literally means divine reading. It is a slower more reflective way of meeting God in Scripture. Join us as we learn and practice a life-giving process of being shaped by the Word for the sake of the world. 

We guarantee you will not leave as you entered. 

Hosted at the United Methodist Foundation - 13816 Professional Center Drive, Huntersville, NC 

  • Cost: $40.00 by July 27; $45.00 after. Registration includes lunch, refreshments, and materials. 

  • Space is limited to 25 participants. 

  • Presented by Ann Starrette with Mary Taylor. 

  • Questions? Contact registrar Colleen Siadak at or 704-577-3408. 

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Spiritual Direction in Groups
10:00 AM10:00

Spiritual Direction in Groups

The Quiet Miracles of 
Spiritual Direction in Groups 
An Introduction with Practice 

Spiritual Direction in Groups is a gentle, rhythmic process of expanding our capacity for deep, holy listening to God, self, and others. Quiet miracles take place here, rippling out, impacting our world for good. Taught internationally, known by various names (Circles of Grace, Listening Circles, Trust Circles), all are gatherings of companions and co-listeners for the voice of God. We come, supporting each other in our desire to become clearer about and more cooperative with God’s movements and invitations in the stories of our individual lives. This process, which occurs in small circles of four to five people, is an intentional action on our part to do what we were taught as children: to stop, look, and listen for one’s inner teacher- the Holy Spirit. 

During this Workshop/Retreat you will: 

  • Experience group spiritual direction within a prayerful community. 

  • Deepen your contemplative grounding through authentic sharing and faithful listening. 

  • Expand your capacity to listen to God on behalf of others. 

  • Find support for your call/vocation. 

  • Explore ways to develop this holy process in your own setting. 

You will be inspired by the possibilities that emerge! 

  • Hosted by Starrette Farm Retreat Center, Statesville NC (directions will be provided upon your registration). 

  • Cost: $30.00 by September 2; $35.00 after. Bring a bag lunch. Beverages and materials provided. 

  • Space is limited to 24 participants. 

  • Presented by Ann Starrette and Roxanne Morgan, who trained at Shalem Institute, and others. 

  • Questions? Contact registrar Colleen Siadak at or 704-577-3408. 

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A Labyrinth Journey
10:00 AM10:00

A Labyrinth Journey

In an increasingly distracted society we need places that attract us by their beauty and simplicity, places that help us still and clear our busy mind, places that offer space to reflect and reconnect with what matters most in our lives. The labyrinth is such a place.

During this retreat you will:

  • Explore the ancient wisdom the labyrinth offers for contemporary times.

  • Learn how the labyrinth became rooted in the Christian story of pilgrimage, moving one toward healing and wholeness.

  • Experience the three movements of walking the labyrinth as a journey to the center of one's being and the heart of God.

  • Return and step back into the world with thanksgiving, insight, and new energy for your everyday journey.

Come expecting to be surprised by grace as you discover what walking this sacred path can bring to your life leadership. For beginners and seasoned practitioners that want to refresh and deepen their spiritual journey. All are welcome!

  • Hosted at Starrette Farm Retreat Center, Statesville, NC. Directions follow your registration.

  • Cost is $30.00 and limited to 12 people.

  • Bring a bag lunch. Beverages and materials provided.

  • Rev. Dianne Lawhorn and Roxanne Morgan will facilitate. Dianne is Minister of Spiritual Growth at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church in Winston Salem; Co-director of The Big Silence: Stumbling into the Heart of Christ, a yearly 4-day mostly silent retreat at St. Francis Springs Prayer Center; a member of the WCO Sabbath Circle Band; and a seasoned practitioner/presenter of the Labyrinth. Roxanne trained at Chartres Cathedral in France by Lauren Artress, a leading force in the worldwide movement of using the labyrinth as a spiritual practice. Roxanne is steeped in its use as a metaphor for the spiritual journey as a powerful tool for transformation.

  • Questions? Contact registrar Colleen Siadak at or 704-577-3408

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