Authorized Ministers Retreat Scheduled for June 7-8, 2018

Harp and Song Reflections with the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu’s The Book of Joy

Facilitated by Jean Norton

To celebrate his holiness the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday, Archbishop Desmond Tutu joined him at his home for a week. As a birthday celebration, these two Nobel Peace Prize leaders wrestled with questions from people all over the globe, among them, “How can we have joy in the midst of suffering?” The resulting Book of Joy provides profound and witty reflections from these leaders, concluding with instructions for faith practices that encourage renewal, love, and joy, even in a world of pain.

In this authorized minister retreat, we will contemplate some of the book’s Barriers to/and Pillars of Joy. We will meditate and worship together with harp and flute music, have free quiet time, and sing and laugh heartily. At least that is the intention, all in a mere 23 hours!

You do not have to purchase The Book of Joy, but if you can bring a journal, bible, and musical instruments, that would be fabulous.  Housing and food is included in the price. We will gather at 12 with an afternoon lunch together and end the following day at 11 am. Join your colleagues in ministry for a time of retreat and renewal before annual meeting with music!


Jean is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in NYC, a Board Certified Chaplain, and has been authorized in the UCC for retreat ministry for over 30 years, currently as HeartSong Awakenings through Circular Congregational Church in Charleston, SC. She is a classically trained performing artist who plays a variety of instruments. She studied Celtic harp in Ireland, pipe organ in Germany, and began on the piano at age 4. Jean also plays some alto recorder, penny whistle, and accordion. While with the Inspirational Choir of the The Riverside Church, Jean performed in the presence of such dignitaries as the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela.