Clergy Women’s Retreat Is Planned for January in Southern California

“Hand in Hand, Heart to Heart: On the Journey Together” is the theme for the Clergy Women’s Retreat early next year. The event is to be held Jan. 13-16, 2014, at the Serra Retreat Center in Malibu, Calif., sponsored by the Church of the Brethren Office of Ministry.

Leading the retreat will be Melissa Wiginton, vice president for Education Beyond the Walls at Austin Seminary. The scriptural focus is from Philippians 1:3-11 (CEB), “I keep you in my heart. You are all my partners in God’s grace.”

The retreat is open to all credentialed female ministers in the Church of the Brethren. The goal of the event is to provide a time of rest, renewal, fellowship, and inspiration. Events will begin Monday, Jan. 13, at 5:30 p.m. with dinner, and end Thursday, Jan. 16 with lunch. There will be a daily worship service, along with sessions led by Wiginton, opportunities for personal time and recreation, story sharing, and entertainment.

The registration fee is $325 or $415 for a private room, before Nov. 1 Costs rise after that date. Registration covers lodging, meals, and program activities. A limited number of scholarships are available, make requests in writing to with subject line Clergy Women’s Retreat Scholarship. For more information and online registration go to .

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