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THE HOLY MIRROR: Discovering Ourselves Through the Lens of Scripture
Throughout our lives, certain archetypes shape our sense of self, the world, the road we're on, and the goals we seek. Our idea of good and evil, male and female, leaders, parents, mentors, friends, and more are framed in the stories of the Bible. The picture’s not always pleasant, but it never fails to be instructive and is sometimes downright revelatory. Mirror, mirror on the wall: what's the purpose of us all?
Topics to be covered:
1. "Your Life as Revelatory Source"
How did you get to be who you are? Your life is a sacred text read by all.
2. "The Character of God"
You and I meet God in sacramental and sacred encounters. But in Scripture, we meet the God who is one character among many in the remarkable story of faith.
3. "The Male/Female Thing"
Gender is complicated. Adam and Eve were just the beginning of the conflict. Gender issues remain with us in secular and sacred realms.
4. "Follow the Leader!"
Leadership styles come and go. From biblical patriarchs and kings to modern-day presidents and celebrities, we follow the leaders we invent and choose.
5. "The Parent Trap"
The Ten Commandments bid us to honor our father and our mother. Jesus says we should hate our parents. Please explain!
6. "The Guiding Light"
Elisha had Elijah. Timothy and Titus had Paul. Thank God for mentors: those significant folks along the way who show us how life works.
7. "You've Got a Friend"
It's not good for us to be alone, as Genesis attests. Famous friendships help us explore the role of holy companioning.
8. "Who's Your Devil?"
Everyone fears the Dark Side. Who's the enemy, and where does it reside?
9. "What a Wonderful World"
The universe is beautiful. Earth is our home. The Bible and science agree it will come to an end one day. What's our relationship to a fragile planet?
10. "And the Purpose of It All Is"
We're born, we live, and we die. For most of us, that's a pretty full plate of responsibilities. What should we do with this "one wild and precious life?"
About the Retreat Leader:
Alice Camille is an author, religious educator, and nationally known retreat leader. She received her Master of Divinity degree from the Franciscan School of Theology. Alice has worked in parishes and campus ministry, and speaks at Catholic conferences around the country. Her books include Invitation to the Old and New Testament, The Forgiveness Book, and For Everything There Is a Season. Alice takes God seriously—and the business of religion with a sense of humor.
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allombrosa Center in Menlo Park is located on a ten-acre site that was originally the home of E.W. Hopkins, the nephew of Mark Hopkins. The Hopkins home, known as the Old Mansion, was built during the Civil War period. Originally a simple wooden structure, it was later expanded and decorated with its distinctive Italianate touches.
The Vallombrosa Center is an ideal location for groups seeking a quiet and serene setting, with its beautiful grounds, comfortable accommodations, and friendly, helpful staff. It is also a gathering place for friends and neighbors to rest, to worship, to learn and grow.