Sabbath Rest Retreat: For Busy Women Who Need A Break!

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Give yourself an oasis in the midst of your busyness. Spend time with other busy women who, like you, are longing to find her center and hear from God. Take advantage of beautiful, peaceful surrounding and time to breathe deeply and refresh your spirit.

The Sabbath Rest Retreat will be held at the beautiful, serene Sisters of Charity Spirituality Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Schedule:

Friday: Arrive at your leisure, check into your room and begin to decompress. The retreat begins with a group lunch after which you will begin your journey to Sabbath Rest. End the night with Pajama Praise!

Saturday: Start the morning with watching the sunrise from the rooftop, a sacred walk, journaling, silent sitting or prayer. After breakfast participate in sessions designed to take you farther along your personal journey.

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Sabbath Rest Retreat: For Busy Women Who Need A Break!

Sabbath Rest Retreat: For Busy

Women Who Need A Break!

Give yourself an oasis in the midst of your busyness! Come out from among the chaos and noise that seem to grow louder and more persistent every year.

Spend a day-and-a-half with other busy women who, like you, are longing to find her center and hear from God.

Take advantage of beautiful, peaceful surroundings in a retreat that is unhurried giving you time to breathe deeply and refresh your soul.

April, 24-25, 2009

Sisters of Charity Spirituality Center

Cincinnati, OH

Cost: $60 per person

includes housing, meals and all retreat materials

Download the retreat flier and registration form below!

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Pain- Another lesson

Hello,

I have had new reasons to thank God for his provision. On Tuesday afternoon I had foot surgery. Naturally, I was told not to eat after midnight the night before. Sam’s Club became a classroom in the suffering of others as I walked up and down aisles filled with people offering samples of delectable foods that I had to decline. It occurred to me that every day poor children go to school and are forced to smell food they cannot buy. Not being able to eat was a matter of choice for me – a choice that millions of Americans do not have every day. Lesson number one! The surgery went just fine but since I’ve always been pretty healthy I underestimated just what kind of recovery I would need for the surgery. In my mind I would have surgery on Tuesday afternoon and by Friday morning I’d be feeling as right as rain. I would be working in my office and taking care of all of the things I needed to attend to. I didn’t count on the foot continuing to be swollen or running a fever. Even though I am in pain and not feeling a 100% I still can reasonably expect to fully heal. Riding through our home in a wheelchair is an inconvenience. The crutches are not likely to be a permanent part of my attire.  Lesson two. Every day I see people for whom the wheel chair is a permanent part of their lives. Their pain is not fleeting. The frustration of not being able to do things on your own is part of their daily routine. I need to be careful about how I frame my own experience in light of the suffering in this world. One of my colleagues, Sister Alice Ann, gave me sage advice a couple weeks ago when I was belly aching to her about the additional surgery the doctor wanted me to have. She reminded me that I could offer my suffering to God, that my temporary suffering could draw my attention to others for whom suffering is on-going.

So, in the midst of this healing (for which having surgery, buying over-priced medicines etc is in itself a major privilege) I thank God for helping me to see beyond my own immediate needs and cares. God is awesome.

Al Sharpton NO WAY!

I copied the following information from http://www.somethingwithin.com/blog/?p=132 – Dr. Renita Weem’s blog. This information is very distressing. As a black woman minister I am constantly amazed that people who have been the object of racist oppression would be perpetrators of this action against others. This is yet one more example of this kind of misguided and unholy activity. Perhaps you are like me and missed the story. We cannot afford to be silent. Dr. Weems calls for action at the end of her commentary.

“Let’s Show Al Sharpton That We Are Our Sisters’ Keeper

DEAR READERS:

This mass open letter is a call to action for all black people who
care about the safety and welfare of black women and children in
America. If you are concerned about the recent developments about
Dunbar Village, please copy the post below, and email it to all of
your friends and coworkers.

WE WILL NO LONGER BE SILENT ABOUT VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK WOMEN.

__________________________________________________________

Right-thinking black people everywhere are stunned by the recent betrayal of Al Sharpton and the NAACP in a situation that is just too outrageous to ignore.

This is a painful story to tell, but it’s important for the moral, law-abiding majority of black Americans to understand exactly why Al Sharpton and the NAACP must be immediately stopped.

On June 18, 2007, a black woman was gang raped by 10 youths and forced at gunpoint to have sex with her own 12 year old son in a housing complex called Dunbar Village in West Palm Beach, Florida. The young men not only viciously punched, kicked and sliced this sister and her son with glass objects, but they also blinded her boy by pouring nail polish remover into his eyes.

The young men forced this sister and son to lay naked in a bathtub together, and attempted to set them on fire (they could not find matches). The youths boldly took cell phone pictures so that they could enjoy their violent, immoral and sadistic acts at a later time. The violence continued for more than three hours, and although this sister’s neighbors heard her screams, no one called the police or came to her aid.

This sister and her son had to walk a mile to the hospital, because the assailants stole her car, and threatened to kill her and her family if she told the authorities.

Only four of the young men have been apprehended, while the remaining six are on the loose, doing Lord knows what in our communities. There is no manhunt for the remaining suspects.

As devastating as this story is, what the NAACP and Al Sharpton have done about it will simply take your breath away:Not only did the NAACP ignore hundreds of requests to assist this woman because it was ‘outside the scope of their mission’, but they joined forces with Al Sharpton, and sent their lawyers to speak out IN SUPPORT OF THE RAPISTS.
You heard me right.

Even though there is conclusive DNA evidence and signed confessions, the NAACP and Al Sharpton are saying that it is ‘unfair’ to not offer bail to these four alleged rapists. They even had a press release about it.

IT IS TIME FOR SENSIBLE BLACK PEOPLE TO STOP THIS KIND OF NONSENSE ONCE AND FOR ALL.

Al Sharpton and the NAACP are banking on the belief that you and I will be just like this black woman’s neighbors. Join me by saying NOT THIS TIME. We will not turn a deaf ear to when we hear calls for help from one of our sisters and brothers who are being victimized.

Stop the NAACP and Al Sharpton’s National Action Network from committing this disgrace in our community. Just this once, let’s stand up and be counted by saying that we demand safe neighborhoods for our women and children.

Here is what you can do:

1. Spread the word. Forward this email if your conscience and concern have been raised. Send it to every concerned black citizen that you know.

2. Demand an explanation from your local NAACP chapter about this case. Cancel your membership to these organizations, and write a letter explaining that you will return when they prioritize the public safety needs of black women and children.

3. If you do not belong to these organizations, call and write them to tell them of your outrage and displeasure:

NAACP National Headquarters
4805 Mt. Hope Drive
Baltimore MD 21215
Toll Free: (877) NAACP-98
Local: (410) 580-5777

National Action Network
Rev. Al Sharpton
106 W. 145th Street
Harlem, New York 10039
212-690-3070
877-NAN-HOJ1

If you know an African American reporter or a black radio talk show host, forward this story to them and ask them to follow up on it.”

Read the history of the Dunbar Village problem here:
http://www.dunbarvillage2008.blogspot.com/

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