Grant money available for spiritual retreat in wilderness

Grant money available for spiritual retreat in wilderness

Renewal in the Wilderness, a ministry that invites clergy and lay people into God’s wilderness for very directed week-long trips of spiritual renewal, has received a Brown Grant from the United Church of Christ to help clergy pay for the cost of the trips.

The trips are geared for people who are middle aged and no longer in Olympic condition.

All trips involve canoeing or kayaking, the least physically demanding way to go deeply into the wilderness, and the best way to flow through it, appreciate its beauty and spend contemplative time with God.

Three trips are clergy-only, while four trips are lay/clergy. Outward Bound serves as the outfitter and guide.

Renewal in the Wilderness has also planned six three-day trips for those who cannot take a week.

While these are less expensive than the longer trips, RITW encourages those who can take a week to do so because it usually takes three days to both "get away from" the anxieties of the civilized world, and to get into the rhythm and comfort of being in a wilderness setting.

Brown Grant funds are not available for the shorter trips.

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To receive information about the trips and funding possibilities, please do one of the following:

Check the Renewal in the Wilderness website at  www.renewalinthewilderness.org.

Call 847-869-5885 to request a brochure or to speak with John Lionberger, the founder.

Write Renewal in the Wilderness, 3242 Thayer, Evanston, IL 60201; email  renewalitw@joltmail.com; fax 847-589-4085.

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