I have just returned from the St. Andrew’s Winter Women’s Retreat… and what a weekend it was!
Twenty-one from the St. Andrew’s community and beyond gathered at Gracefield Camp to grow in faith and fellowship together. We were very fortunate to have the Rev. Dr. Dorcas Gordon, principal of Knox College, lead us in study on Saturday. In the morning, we considered the importance of how we name Jesus – what it says about us and our church. We looked at the roots of “Logos” (or the Word) at the beginning of John, and how its roots are in the woman Wisdom. In the afternoon, we were encouraged to see familiar stories with new eyes as we looked at some of the women in John’s gospel. By asking questions and reading carefully, we learned of the leadership roles held by Jesus’ mother, the Samaritan woman and Mary Magdalene.
During our free time on Saturday, some brought out their skis, others their knitting needles. After dinner, Jessica led us through a candle-lit labyrinth on the frozen lake. The movie Vision, about the life of Hildegard of Bingen, finished off our day.
This morning, we rose and worshipped together, considering again the story of Mary Magdalene meeting Jesus after the resurrection. We returned to Ottawa after lunch, well-fed both physically and spiritually after a wonderful weekend.