Retreat exploring Christian Spirtuality
led by Rev. Dr. Deborah Hunsinger of Princeton Theological Seminary
The ACP’s annual Spring Retreat for adults will take place the weekend of 26-28 June. We will be returning to the Abbaye Fleury, a historic Benedictine monastery on the banks of the Loire about two hours from Paris. This year’s retreat will focus on “finding the prayer of your heart.” God knows the longings of our hearts but with busy lives and multiple demands on our time, we sometimes get disconnected from ourselves and from God. This retreat is meant to give you a sense of spaciousness, with time to contemplate your life in the light of God’s purposes for you.
You will be introduced to a variety of prayer practices that have helped Christians through the ages to find the longing of their hearts and bring them before God in prayer. Bring a pen and a journal (blank sheets of paper will do), a Bible, an inquiring mind and an open heart.
Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger, Ph.D. has taught at Princeton Theological Seminary for 21 years. She holds the chair, Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor of Pastoral Theology, teaching courses in pastoral care and pastoral theology. Deborah is an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She earned her M.Div. from Yale University Divinity School and her Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York in the field of Psychiatry and Religion.
Originally trained as a pastoral counselor, Deborah has extensive experience in a variety of therapeutic modalities, having worked with individuals, couples, families and groups. In 1988, she founded the Bangor Pastoral Counseling Service in Bangor, Maine as an outreach ministry of her home congregation and is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. She is interested in educating both clergy and laypeople to offer theologically sound, psychologically informed and contextually sensitive pastoral care in the church. While Deborah is author of several books, the most pertinent one for our retreat was published in 2006. It is entitled Pray Without Ceasing: Revitalizing Pastoral Care.
Our program will begin with supper Friday evening, and end after lunch on Sunday. It will include discussion, meditation and prayer time, perhaps a question period with a monk, and some free time to relax. A very special opportunity we have is the option for each of us to attend any or all of the six daily offices with the monks. This is an environment conducive to a silent retreat for any who wish. The cost is 125€ per person (exclusive of transportation), limited to a maximum of 36 people.
For more information, please contact Pastor Jeff Powell at