Dancing on the Head of a Pen: A Writer's Workshop for Clergy with Robert Benson

WhenMonday, November 12, 2018 at 4:00 PM to Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Add to my calendarGoogle, iCalendar/Outlook, Outlook Online, Yahoo
WhereWarren Conference Center and Inn
529 Chestnut Street
Ashland, MA 01721

View map →

Phone508-875-5233 ext 239
ContactAndrea Bellarosa
Robert Benson has spent his life writing and speaking about one thing—paying attention to the everyday things that point us to the presence of the Holy in our lives. He has published books on topics as diverse as prayer, liturgy, spirituality, vocation, travel, gardening, baseball, and the Rule of St. Benedict.

They include Between the Dreaming and the Coming True, Living Prayer, In Constant Prayer, That We May Perfectly Love Thee, and his most recent work, Moving Miss Peggy.

For generations, the South has been known for its great writers. Faulkner, O’Connor, Wright, Welty, Percy, Berry—their work continues to inspire those who read and write today. These authors pull back the curtain on the heights and depths of the human condition. They invite us to wrestle with profound dilemmas and to exult in the surprises of grace.

Who among us now is writing to probe and illumine the ebb and flow of our spiritual journeys? Who is exploring the landscape of faith in ways that both bless and challenge today’s church? Who among our clergy hear a call to articulate with clarity and resonance the hungers of 21st century hearts, minds, and souls?

This writing workshop for clergy who can answer “Here I am” to the questions posed above. Stretching over five full days (the first and last days are reserved for travel), the workshop will feature teaching sessions with noted author Robert Benson, time for writing, and gatherings for reading and responding to the work of others in the group.

The program is limited to 12 participants and will be held at the Warren Conference Center and Inn in Ashland, Massachusetts, 25 miles east of downtown Boston. Accommodations include private rooms with baths, and all meals and snacks. Transportation to and from the facility are the responsibility of participants.  The program generally begins after breakfast and continues until dinner.  Evening work is at the discretion of the leader.   

The cost of the program is underwritten by the Pastoral Excellence Program of the Massachusetts Conference, UCC in partnership with the Collegeville Institute and the Lilly Endowment. Participants are expected to stay the full length of the workshop.  

To apply, please visit:  www.macucc.org/WritersworkshopRobertBenson2018

Questions, please contact:  Andrea Bellarosa—bellarosaa@macucc.org

The application deadline is Saturday, June 9, 2018.