Despite Lady Juliet’s implication that names do not really matter, King’s House believes that they carry both meaning and importance. The theme for our 2018 quiet retreats is Called by Name to Belong. During this retreat we will have a chance to ponder our own names, and to also reflect upon how we name God and how God names us.
The first evening, as we settle into our retreat environment, we will contemplate our own name… how did we come by our name? How do family and friends name us… what are the various names we bear and how do these names reveal us to ourselves?
The following morning we will have our first full conference, entitled “Who Do You Say that I Am?”, in which we will reflect further on various aspects of naming… how do we name God, how does God name us, and how does our community and Church name us? What relationships are expressed in the act or art of naming? The afternoon conference, entitled Claimed by the Name, will consider what claim the name of Christ has upon us. If Christian is the name we bear, then how does this name inform and shape our lives and our response to the world around us? To what or whom does this name call us to belong?
The third and final conference, given on our concluding morning, bears the title Be-longing Beyond Belonging. How does the Kingdom of God, for which we long and to which we belong, call us to journey beyond our own comfort zones and neighborhoods? How do we long for that which lies beyond our own belonging or our own borders?
During our retreats we will have the opportunity to celebrate the sacraments of Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Anointing of the Sick, as well as share in a variety of prayer experiences.
King’s House invites you to come and explore the quietude and hospitality of our center and grounds. Wander the footpaths and enjoy nature; pray with others in liturgy; find a quiet nook in which to read; listen for God’s voice in scripture, music, conference presentations, and silence. Come with open hearts and ears and hear how you are Called by Name to Belong.