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Breathe Out Retreat

 

THE FIRST ANNUAL BREATHE OUT RETREAT

 

 
“BUILDING AN AFFIRMING COMMUNITY WHERE PASTORS, FAITH LEADERS, AND SEMINARY STUDENTS WHO ARE LGBTQIA+ CAN REST AND CONNECT WITH GOD AND OTHERS IN SAFETY.”

SEPTEMBER 24 – 27 || KANSAS CITY, MO

BREATHE OUT BEGINS ON THURSDAY WITH DINNER AT A LOCAL KANSAS CITY BBQ JOINT AND ENDS SUNDAY AFTER LUNCH. BREATHE OUT PARTICIPANTS WILL EXPERIENCE FOUR DAYS OF CONVERSATION, TIMES OF MEDITATION & DEVOTION, GROUP ACTIVITIES & COMPETITIONS, ONE ON ONE TIME WITH THE BREATHE OUT SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR, A DANCE PARTY HERE AND THERE, AND SO MUCH MORE.

THERE IS LIMITED SPACE, PLEASE APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION/REGISTRATION

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My name is Brett Anthony and I am currently finishing up my Mdiv with a focus in pastoral care. I am also queer. Being queer in a space that is not traditionally accepting of queer folk can be an interesting experience, to say the least. When the intersection of ministry is added to the mix, it can get messy, even if the community is accepting!

Over the past few months a few friends and I have joined together to develope the Breathe Out experience. Breathe Out offers an immersive experience that helps LGBTQIA+ Pastors, Faith Leaders, and Seminary Students of all theological persuasions to Breathe Out, away from their ministerial contexts, whether that be a local church or educational institution, to rest, relax, and renew within an intimate community. We hope that by encouraging one another through vulnerable dialogue, service, and times of spiritual guidance with a Spiritual Director that our relationship with Christ, ourselves, one another, and our world are esteemed highly in and through love.

Pastors, Faith Leaders, & Seminary Students typically have retreats or yearly gatherings where they can come together to support one another and grow together amid their individual and communal challenges. However, LGBTQIA+ persons of faith are not always afforded this opportunity. Sometimes, making LGBTQIA+ persons of faith feel as if they are homeless even within their own faith. For those of us in ministry, it often feels as if the local context that we are serving has, in a sense, become our home. For some, the word home has positive connotations. For others, it has negative connotations. Breathe Out hopes to provide a third place away from that home. We aim to model an intimate and relational community that is representative of what we see in the relationship between Christ and the disciples, and yes, this includes women disciples as well. Breathe Out is an immersive retreat experience for LGBTQIA+ Pastors, Faith Leaders, & Seminary Students that aims to partner with the Church to build intentional rhythms of care for those who are serving us in the most vulnerable ways.

We are having a retreat in Kansas City, MO September 24-27, 2020. If you have any faculty or students who would be interested in learning more or who you believe would benefit from this experience, please send them to the link.

Details
September 24, 2020 - September 27, 2020
Kansas City,
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