Ministry Day 2020 -- Breathing Space: Respite and Renewal on the Path of Ministry CourseCatalog/images/new.gif

“What makes a fire burn is space between the logs, a breathing space.” -- Judy Brown 

Live, Virtual Program: 
Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. - $20.00

Each of us in ministry have had to rethink our approach to sharing God’s light in these challenging and ever-changing times. We have been stretched, both personally and professionally, in our journey with God. Yet, as bearers of the Christ-light, we are called to trust our continued transformation as we support others in theirs. How do we sustain the “fire within” during these times?  How do we find the necessary breathing space to keep the flame alive?

This two-hour retreat time seeks to kindle the hearts and souls of those committed to nurturing the light in others. Ordained and non-ordained ministers, chaplains, spiritual directors, companions, those in parish ministry, community ministry, social justice workers, retreat house staff, volunteers - all who say “yes” to this mystery of God’s call to serve are invited. Join us live through Zoom teleconferencing. We will share prayer, thoughtful content, small group discussion, poetry and personal reflective time. Come, take some time for yourself - some breathing space so the fire can burn again.

Your retreat team includes:
Rev. Cheryl Hoffman, MAR, M.Div., is Pastor at the Lutheran Church of St. Mark in Glastonbury, CT. Her favorite part of ministry is the planning of worship services from the local interfaith service to large synod gatherings to ordination services. In all of her ministry, her goal is to create the space for an encounter with the One in whom we live and move and have our being.

Lisa Irish, M.A., MEd, BCC, currently ministers through spiritual direction, retreat, teaching and writing. Trained as a chaplain Lisa understands ministry as an invitation to presence in the space that resides between ongoing human needs and the unending love of God. More information and monthly "Glimmers" can be found at

Karin Nobile, M.A.L.S, is Program Associate at Mercy by the Sea who helps develop, implement and co-facilitate experiential spiritual programming. Karin is a 2017 graduate of Mercy by the Sea's School for the Second Half of Life and has a penchant for social justice and social entrepreneurship.

Rev. Jonathan Scott, M.Div., BCC, has been a Chaplain at Day Kimball Hospital and Hospice of Northeastern Connecticut for the past 20 years. An American Baptist minister, Jonathan seeks to embody God’s love as he visits patients, the staff who care for them, and the wider community.

The Ministry Day 2020 Retreat Team wishes to acknowledge Reverend Tom Sievel, Pastor of Our Lady of Angels Parish in Meriden, CT., for all the time, talent and love he devoted to program development over the course of many months. Unfortunately, he is unable to be a presenter as originally planned. Father Sievel has been a Spiritual Director at Mercy by the Sea for more than 20 years.

Sessions:  1
Date:  10/13/2020
Meeting Time:  Tuesday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Instructors:  Rev. Cheryl Hoffman
Lisa Irish
Karin Nobile
Rev. Jonathan Scott
$20.00   (Class Fee)