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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

    ministries / Vital Congregations

    Tending the Soul

    Training Retreat for Tending the Soul Participants: May 19-20, 2017

    This training retreat is being offered to all the individuals who have completed Tending the Soul, the training program in Spiritual Direction and Congregational Formation.  This training will invite participants more deeply into the content of Training Retreat V, Spiritual Formation in the Congregation:  Restoring the Soul of the Church.

    This training will focus specifically on the role of the spiritual director in the context of ministry teams and committees; in the local church, in the District and in the Conference.  Attention will be given to:  how do I serve as a spiritual guide for a team or committee, how does this role care for the soul of this team and of the church, how do I nurture the spiritual growth and formation of this team and of the greater church, how do I hold the space for prayerful discernment in the work of this team.

    As we as a Conference seek to grow Christ-following leaders and increase the opportunities for discipleship and a disciplined prayer life and listen for and be obedient to the movement of the Spirit, the role of the spiritual director/guide becomes a critical element.  In times that are challenging for the church, the non-anxious presence of the spiritual director offers a space for holy listening and prayerful discernment.  The retreat will be led by the Rev. Wendy Miller.

    We will also have time on Friday evening for re-connecting with old friends and making new connections.

    The retreat will begin with dinner at 6pm on Friday, May 19 and the program will end at 3pm on Saturday, May 20.  Lodging will be double occupancy in Galilee; meals include dinner on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday.  All linens and towels are provided.  The cost per person is $150.  Registration and payment are due by April 28th.  Checks should be made payable to Upper NY Conference.  Registration and payment should be mailed to:  Nancy Dibelius, 198 Truesdale Hill Road, Lake George, NY 12845.

    Click here to download the registration form.

    Tending the Soul Program

    Tending the Soul is a program designed to train individuals in Spiritual Direction and Formation. As well as provide skills for leadership within their local congregations as well as District and Conference wide.  The program will offer training in both one-on-one spiritual direction and group/congregational direction and formation.  By the end of the first year, participants will be encouraged to discern the unique way in which they are being called to live out this ministry.  The training will occur during six retreats, each four days in duration, spread over a two-year period. The next opportunity for participation will begin in October 2017 with the following dates:

    • October 23-26, 2017
    • February 23-26, 2018
    • May 18-21, 2018
    • October 22-25, 2018
    • February 22-25, 2019
    • May 17-20, 2019

    All the retreats are held at Casowasco Camp and Retreat Center. For more information or to learn how to apply contact Nancy Dibelius: or (518) 369-9147.

    Click here to download the flyer.

    Click here to download the brochure. 

    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 867 local churches and 65 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."