USA & Canada Retreats

Pastors and Communications contacts:

Please publicize these retreats in your congregations.  I know the one in Kirtland is easily accessible to all.



From: Cindy Thomas
Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 9:17 AM
To: Katie Harmon-McLaughlin
Subject: Sharing Retreat Information with the USA and Canada Fields

Dear Mission Center Presidents in the USA and Canada,

I’d like to share about two upcoming spiritual retreat opportunities and invite you to consider sharing this information with your mission centers. Over the past couple years, we have been experimenting with an open themed retreat model, and have been really pleased with the amount of response from both the USA and Canada. You are invited to forward this information to pastors, include links on your mission center websites, or use other modes of communication you think would be most appropriate to spread the word! You may also consider specific persons in your area who would particularly benefit from these experiences or find them of meaning. This will also be shared in the 10 minute news and through world church social media.

The first retreat, All Music is God’s, will take place at the Spiritual Formation Center and Kirtland Temple October 21-23, 2016. Don Compier will be our guest facilitator and will be utilizing his book, Listening to Popular Music.Part of the retreat will include a spiritual pilgrimage to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Though the retreat will be using music specifically, the deeper aim is to talk about the artificial lines we draw between sacred and secular and how God’s presence and activity can be found in every dimension of life, even by turning on the radio! It is a practice in deeper listening and paying attention to the many voices expressing the divine voice and vision. Information and Retreat Flier can be found here: Registration is open for this event and will close October 1. Limited spaces will be available.

The second retreat, Encountering God at Home, will take place at the Temple in Independence, MO April 7-9, 2017. This will be a family friendly retreat specifically focused on nurturing household spirituality for families, children, and youth. There will be tracks for adults, youth, children, and childcare available for children under age 3. Though this retreat is designed for young families who are seeking ways to have meaningful spiritual experience in their homes, everyone who feels the call to work with children and families is encouraged to attend! Information and Retreat flier can be found here:

Our hope is that these spiritual retreat opportunities will continue to create space for sabbath, renewal, and ongoing formation for the church community. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for your leadership and for  sharing this information with the leaders and members where you serve.

With Gratitude,



Katie Harmon-McLaughlin
Spiritual Formation Specialist

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