Renewing Psalms: a Writing Retreat for Clergy

We love the Psalms…

except the ones we don’t. Yet we need what they provide, as sources of comfort, odes to joy, words of awe, confessions of despair, and even expressions of anger.

Refresh your spirit, rekindle your creativity, and reconnect with the compelling emotion of the psalms in this intensive retreat with authors Rachel Hackenberg and Martha Spong. Earn one CEU while laughing, reflecting, creating, and crafting in fellowship with a small ecumenical gathering of clergy colleagues.

COST     $100 – Register at Eventbrite

WHEN     Friday, October 21, 2016 at 1:00 PM  Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 12:00 PM (EDT) 

WHERE   Old North Church – 35 Washington Street, Marblehead, MA 01945

Rachel G. Hackenberg is the author of Writing to God: 40 Days of Praying with My Pen (Paraclete Press 2011), Writing to God: Kids’ Edition (Paraclete Press 2012), and, most recently, Sacred Pause: A Creative Retreat for the Word-Weary Christian (Paraclete Press 2014). She blogs at and contributes posts to RevGalBlogPals as well as The Huffington Post. An ordained United Church of Christ minister, Rachel Hackenberg and her family reside in Cleveland, Ohio.

Martha Spong is the Executive Director of RevGalBlogPals, an international online community of over three hundred bloggers and three thousand Facebook members. She edited RevGalBlogPals’ book, There’s a Woman in the Pulpit: Christian Clergywomen Share Their Hard Days, Holy Moments & the Healing Power of Humor (Skylight Paths 2015). She blogs at and contributes to The Christian Century and The Huffington Post. An ordained United Church of Christ minister married to a Presbyterian minister, Martha and her family live in central Pennsylvania.

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Registration includes program, dinner on Friday, and Saturday coffee hour with Rachel and Martha. Lodging is not included.