Pax Christi Retreat 2/2019

Pax Christi North – ‘Mini’ retreat held in Ellsworth on February 16, 2019
On a bright winter day, fifteen people gathered at the UU Church of Ellsworth to participate in a half day retreat hosted by Pax Christi Maine. This was the first regional gathering for Pax Christi members from northern, eastern and coastal areas of our state. Our theme, “Loving our Enemies – Becoming Peace”, asked participants to pray & reflect on what many believe to be Jesus’ most radical commandment, “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Through prayer, chant, self-reflection, walking meditation, silence, sharing and song, participants sought a deeper understanding of how Jesus’ command to “Love Your Enemies” presents itself in our lives. Our experience together was enriched by our surroundings, a beautiful sanctuary and community space. The retreat content was prepared by Miriam Devlin, Nancy Earle and Mary Ellen Quinn. Guitar accompaniment was provided by Ann O’Brien who led us in song along with Anne Ferrara & Connie Jenkins. The opportunity for contemplation and sharing was very well received.