You Have a Question?
Monastic Retreat & Research Seminar
January 3 - 9, 2013
something which puzzles/interests/vexes you?
Do you need some time to
research it, think about it, test it?
This retreat may be for you.
The WV-WMD Synod Project Connect Team is offering a week-long
retreat in the only Lutheran Benedictine monastery in the USA (St. Augustine's House).
Building upon the daily rhythm of Benedictine life, each
participant will have the opportunity to research and analyze a
topic of interest to him/her.
What Topics Will Be Explored?
That is up to the participant. Each
participant selects his/her own research topic. Topics can include
anything in the theological sciences (systematics, historical
theology, church history, ethics, biblical studies, liturgics,
What Method Will be Employed?
Selected applicants will be
organized into a cohort of 4-5 peers. The cohort is a seminar
group which will gather on a regular basis to share progress
reports, discuss problems, and share ideas under the leadership of
an accompanying mentor. In all likelihood, there will be a
diversity of topics represented, providing for a potentially
lively interdisciplinary exchange. Most of the participants' time,
however, will be spent in private research, analysis, and thought.
The seminar leader is also a mentor to the participants. As
mentor, the seminar leader is there to assist with bibliography,
Once selected, the
participant will be put in contact with the seminar leader and the
other members of the cohort so that advice can be given on
preparatory work (especially regarding what resources might be
helpful) and logistics.
Participants are expected to participate in the pattern and
disciplines of the priory, attending the prayer offices and masses
of the priory (with the exception of vigils), joining in the
meals, and observing times of silence. Engaging in work is
optional, but most will find a break from study for something
Following the retreat, the participant will have six months to
prepare a brief essay on his/her topic. If the
participant has had a particularly fruitful time, the
participant has the option of continuing work with the seminar
leader toward the production of something which can be
used to teach others what the participant discovered (e.g., an
article, lecture, presentation, etc.). The seminar leader will
maintain contact through this time and review the essay and any
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Connect is an initiative in the Eastern Cluster
of ELCA Seminaries to help keep young adults connected
with the church. For more information, see http://www.facebook.com/groups/2228857444/ and http://www.ProjectConnect.org/.
Augustine's House, a Lutheran Benedictine
monastery and retreat house, is located about 20 miles
north of Pontiac, MI. Still observing the seven canonical
prayer offices, daily mass, and the disciplines of
silence, study, and work, it is a unique and little known
treasure in American Lutheranism. For more information,
You can also find them on fb at http://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Augustines-House-Lutheran-Monastery/124803940876095.
Consistent with Project Connect,
primary participants must be between the ages of 18 and 30
(inclusive) and a member of an ELCA congregation. Applicants
outside the primary constituency will be considered.
Those interested must fill out an application (which can be found
on-line at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CG87QVG).
Slots are limited.
Applications are being received and will be reviewed on a rolling
submission basis. If by December 7, 2012, there is insufficient
registration, the retreat may be cancelled. A waiting list of
participants will be maintained.
What Does It Cost?
*** Pay attention to the
scholarship information ***
The cost to participate is $150, which covers room and board at
the priory. An automatic scholarship of $150 will be awarded to
participants in the primary constituency. Participants are
responsible for their own transportation to and from St.
Augustine's House and meals in transit. It may be possible to
hitch a ride with another cohort member or with the seminar
What if I Can't Go in January?
Another retreat is possible during
Holy Week. Since this is a pilot program, we can make no promises
about the future. Of course, we would like to see this become a
regular and frequent offering. That being said, its future is
somewhat dependent upon response now. Nevertheless, St.
Augustine's House accepts private retreats, and the Lutheran
Campus Ministry offers group retreats from time to time (but there
are no scholarships).
What if I Have more Questions?
For more information, contact Chap.
Matthew Riegel (http://www.facebook.com/chap.riegel, at
ProjectConnect@WV-WMD.org, or at 304-680-5388).