2017 Men of Holy Innocents' Retreat

2017 Men of Holy Innocents

Friday, May 05, 2017 - Sunday, May 07, 2017

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2017 Men of Holy Innocents' Retreat

MAY 5 - 7, 2016

Join the Men of Holy Innocents’ as we return to LAKE LOGAN at a new time of year!


Join us for this weekend at Lake Logan Episcopal Conference Center for rich discussion and fellowship led by Rev. Dr. Bill Harkins, professor of pastoral counseling at Columbia Theological Seminary and priest associate at the Cathedral of St. Philip. The retreat will begin with dinner on Friday evening, followed by a presentation and discussion on Saturday morning. That afternoon will be free for hiking, a field trip into Asheville, golf, or fishing, depending upon one’s interests. Sunday morning Eucharist will follow breakfast, and signal the end of the retreat before heading back home.

“THE MALE JOURNEY~ …at some point in time, a man needs to embark on a risky journey. It's a necessary adventure that takes him into uncertainty, and it almost always involves some form of difficulty or failure. On this journey the man learns to trust God more than he trusts a sense of right and wrong or his own sense of self-worth.” Richard Rohr

Fr. Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province. He founded the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1986, where he presently serves and Founding Director.

His 2011 book “Falling Upward” will be the focal point of this year’s retreat. In that book Rohr suggests that “In the first half of life, we are naturally and rightly preoccupied with establishing our identity—climbing, achieving, and performing. But those concerns will not serve us as we grow older and begin to embark on a further journey, one that involves challenges, mistakes, loss of control, broader horizons, and necessary suffering that actually shocks us out of our prior comfort zone. Eventually, we need to see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way. The message of “falling down”—that is in fact moving upward—is the most resisted and counterintuitive of messages in the world’s religions, including and most especially Christianity….the heartbreaks, disappointments, and first loves of life are actually stepping stones to the spiritual joys that the second half of life has in store for us.”

Fee includes Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast and room for two nights. $320 double occupancy, $375 single occupancy.

  • Friday night dinner at 6:00pm through Eucharist Sunday morning.
  • Lake Logan provides a rustic and comfortable setting at 3000 feet in elevation on a world class lake, with nearby trout streams, golf courses and hiking trails.
  • Comfortable cabins and beds, single or double occupancy rooms, most with lake view.
  • Beautiful, modern dining facility. Food is fantastic, bar-be-cue dinner Saturday night.
  • Time to relax, hike, read, strengthen relationships, play golf, fish, tour breweries canoe and sit on the porch.
  • Group discussion Saturday morning where we examine our spiritual journey.
  • Sunday morning Eucharist
  • Bring adult beverages, snacks to share.

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GUEST SPEAKER: J. William “Bill” Harkins, M.Div., PhD, LMFT

Bill Harkins teaches pastoral theology and counseling in the various graduate programs at Columbia Theological Seminary, where he directs the Th.D. program in pastoral psychotherapy. He is a Priest Associate at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip. Bill practices psychotherapy and marriage and family therapy at the Brookwood Center and the Cathedral Counseling Center in Atlanta. Bill joined the faculty of Episcopal CREDO, a wellness program for clergy, as Psychological Health faculty in 2012. He was recently appointed by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefforts Schori to the ECUSA Commission on Impairment and Leadership. He especially enjoys consulting with parishes, businesses, and institutions amidst transition. Bill is an Approved Supervisor in AAMFT, a Diplomate in AAPC, and holds degrees from Rhodes College (B.A.) and Vanderbilt University (M.Div., Ph.D.) Bill is married to Vicky, a hospital administrator, and they have two sons, Justin (31) an Environmental Litigation Attorney with Crowley and Fleck, in Billings, Montana, and Andrew (29) a second-year medical student at Emory University School of Medicine. He is the veteran of 40 consecutive Peachtree Road Races, and completed the Asheville Marathon in March of 2015.