Men’s Fall Renewal Retreat
Friday-Sunday, Oct. 5-7, 2012
THIS IS BUZZ STEVENS AT HIS BEST!
He's been a cutting edge thinker, author, and speaker - always profound, always humorous. The Rev. Dr. Buzz Stevens will once again lead our Men's Weekend into the "unknown." The weekend is called "We Don't Talk About That!" and it will take place at United Christian Youth Camp (UCYC) in cool Prescott.
Why is it we sometimes don't say what needs to be said, and sometimes say what we don't mean? We church people tend to be a little too polite or fearful of revealing what we truly believe or feel deep down about religious or secular matters, especially when those feelings and views are not those of the popular majority.
The French novelist, Abel Hermant, may have had us in mind when he stated, "I have no idea what the mind of a low-life scoundrel is like, but I know what the mind of an honest person is like: it is terrifying."
Not until I retired did I begin to wrestle with and write about emotions I harbored as an active pastor. They were not necessarily inappropriate sentiments but I still felt if I let them out I might lose my job.
Ah, but the day I retired I decided it was time to tell it like it was and is. So, below are a few topics we will cover at our retreat this year.
- Fear and Anger: what emotions have helped to form our ideas on homosexuality, immigration, politics;
- Peer Pressure: when what we believe about heaven and hell, about God and faith are not the norm;
- Guilt: when our marriage doesn't seem to allow for other relationships, or when duty fills the space where love once lived;
- Embarrassment: how we avoid talking about personal family "stigmas."
This won't be a conversation about the issues - rather, using stories and humor, it'll be a conversation about honest conversation.
This year's Men's Weekend is for men 13 yrs and older (young men 13 yrs - 17 yrs need to be accompanied by an adult and receive a 50% discount). We've also increased the DISCOUNT for registering early to $10 if participants register by September 5th.
Download the color brochure, which contains further details and a registration form.
For more information, contact: Jeff Pitts, Retreat Coordinator (623) 979-4802 jwp1953(at)cox.net