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A CBF spiritual renewal retreat for ministers and lay leaders

So friends,
Every day do something that won’t compute…
Give your approval to all you cannot understand….
Ask questions that have no answers.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus that will build under the trees every thousand years…
Be joyful though you have considered all the facts….
Practice resurrection.
 -Wendell Berry
Come the week after Easter to experience rest, community, inspiration and beauty at the annual CBF Post-Easter Retreat in the beautiful mountains on the outskirts of Asheville, NC. Each day begins and ends with reflections upon the Psalter and how they relate to us and the world in which we live. Nancy deClaisse'-Walford will share from her scholarship and love for the Psalms while Sam Coates will enhance our times together with reflective experiences through music and arts. The rest of the day is yours to hike in the mountains, fly fish the streams, play golf, tour Asheville, the Biltmore, area wineries, go antiquing or just relax around the beautiful newly renovated Montreat Retreat Center.

Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford, Carolyn Ward Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages at McAfee School of Theology; Old Testament Editor, Word Biblical Commentary Series; and Book Review Editor, Review & Expositor from Atlanta, GA, will lead our morning and evening times around the Psalms.

Sam Coates, Worship and Arts Pastor at Pelham Road Baptist Church in Greenville, SC, will enhance our gatherings with keyboard and harp music as well as art experiences.

This retreat is offered as a time of Sabbath and soul nourishment for ministers, their spouses and church lay leaders. You've given of yourself during the Linton Season. Now come and practice the resurrection you have offered to others. This experience of rest and renewal begins Tuesday, April 7, at 3 p.m. and continues until 11:00am on Friday, April 10. Space is limited so sign up early.

Sponsored by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Missional Congregations


Registration total of $100 per individual $175 per couple includes conference expenses, fees and reception expenses. Hotel and meal costs are paid to Montreat (see below). Travel costs are separate. 


Montreat Conference Center

Nestled in a North Carolina valley surrounded by mountains and alongside mountain streams, Assembly Inn provides a mountain experience of rest and beauty. Only 40 minutes from Asheville with its attractions of The Biltmore, wineries, restaurants, arts and antiques, Montreat offers a wide variety of possibilities for all who come. Whether you desire to spend the day playing golf, fishing the streams, hiking the mountains, touring Asheville landmarks, antiquing, or just resting at the newly renovated retreat center this setting provides you these opportunities and more.

Your CBF registration fee and Montreat room and board fee cover three nights lodging AND all meals (3 dinners, 3 lunches and 3 breakfasts) as well as evening reception snacks. Your only other expenses are travel costs and whatever afternoon events you may choose to do.

Montreat Rooms:
• Single: $329.88 (3 nights and all meals for one)
• Couple: $419.02 (one room for 3 nights and all meals for two)

Click and pay your registration fee to CBF then call Montreat Conference Center at 828.419.9843 or click here to register for your room and meal package. Let them know you are registering for the CBF Post-Easter Retreat.

Contact Harry Rowland, Director of Missional Congregations, for more information about Practicing Resurrection Retreats. To view the retreat information and schedule, click here.

March 9-11, 2015 - Washington, D.C.

Explore advocacy as a faithful expression of Christian mission, learn how to be an effective advocate and interact with hands-on ministries among most affected populations through CBF missions.

For more information or to register, click here.

June 15-19, 2015 - Dallas, Texas

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Join with other Cooperative Baptists for the annual CBF General Assembly held in Dallas, Texas. Free registration is open now!


July 16 - 21, 2015 - Durban, South Africa

Five days of mission engagement with partners of CBF's South Africa Ministry Network.

Worship and enjoy cultural experiences prior to the Baptist World Alliance Congress (22-26 July).

Following orientation, participants will travel to three different areas: one group will travel to the Urban Center of Johannesburg, one group will go to Refilwe just outside of Johannesburg and the third group will travel four hours south to the rural Winterton area.

View event details here. Register for the event here.


The Journeys of Thomas Merton
May 14, 2015
Candler School of Theology
Cost: $25
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Sponsored by CBF Peer Learning Groups

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Marking the centenary of the birth of Thomas Merton, the Pitts Theology Library will mount and exhibit related to his works, entitled "The Journeys of Thomas Merton," curated by Dr. Denise Hanusek. It will feature many first editions of his books and pamphlets, as well as translations of his works, and series of books and journals that track his influence.

Event Schedule

10 am Exhibit opens
11:30-1:30 Lunch and Program with keynote speaker, Glenn Hinson
3 pm Exhibit closes

Lunch and Program

At 11:30, we will gather for a lunch and program with keynote speaker, Genn Hinson. 

E. Glenn Hinson is emeritus professor of Spirituality and John Loftis Professor of Church History at Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. In retirement he served as visiting professor at Lexington Theological Seminary, Louisville (Presbyterian) Seminary, Candler School of Theology (Emory University) and Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. His honors include the Cuthbert Allen Memorial Award for Ecumenism awarded by the Ecumenical Institute of Belmont Abbey/Wake Forest University.

An Italian buffet meal will be served and includes: 

• Antipasto Platter
• Traditional Caesar Salad
• Home Baked Italian Bread with Butter
• Fresh Zucchini Toss
• Chicken Cacciatore
• Pasta Bar with Penne Pasta, Marinara Sauce and Meat Sauce
• Chicken Cacciatore
• Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
• Tiramisu
• Freshly Brewed Regular Coffee and Decaffeinated Coffee
• Freshly Brewed Iced Tea
• Water

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• Guests will want to park in the Peavine Visitors lot or Oxford Road Deck. For your convenience, you can download a parking map here.

• Directions to Candler School of Theology (CST) room 360
o From Dickey Dr. Side:

Stairs: Enter building on 1st floor and take stairs to the 3rd floor. CST 360 is on your left.
Elevator: Enter building on 1st floor and take elevator to 3rd floor. Turn left down hallway and go through the glass doors to enter the 3rd floor Atrium. CST 360 will be on your left.

o From Rudolph Courtyard/Plaza Side:
Enter Building on 3rd floor. CST 360 is on your right.

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