Tuesday, January 20, 2009

S.........isters of Surprise

Last Saturday I had the great privilege of joining a fantastic group of women for their annual retreat in a lovely facility in the beautiful rolling hills of the southern Wisconsin countryside.

Organized by Associate Pastor Ann Utke of The Greendale Community UCC Church, it featured a study of "Bad Girls of the Bible" and provided a many thoughtful insights in a most welcoming atmosphere. The spirit, energy, and humor of these wonderful ladies was contagious and I am most grateful to have experienced their sheer delight in life.

The day featured group presentations of three of the Biblical women and included a skit acting out the forgiven woman of the New Testament, an obituary of Jezebel, and an appearance of Delilah on Oprah! Guess I forgot to mention that this was an imaginative group!

We were also able to walk a "prayer/meditation labyrinth" (you can see some of the participants spreading it out) and decorate small boxes to illustrate our inner and outer selves.

Thank you ladies, for this fantastic experience, and a very special thank you to our driver, who skillfully managed some very slippery and snowy Wisconsin roads and got us safely to and from our destination!

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