Theme: The ministry and spirituality of Howard Thurmond

Presenter: Lerita Coleman Brown

Host Site: Blowing Rock Conference Center, Blowing Rock, NC

Date: October 10-12, 2022 (Monday-Wednesday, with optional Sunday arrival)

Register now by contacting Jared Greer, Reservations Manager at Blowing Rock Conference Center @ or by calling him at (828) 295-7813.

An Event for intellectual stimulation; spiritual enlightenment and reflection; and renewing friendships and/or making new friends for Retired UCC Clergy, Missionaries, Volunteer Ministry Workers and Spouses of the Southeast and Southern Conferences of the United Church of Christ

Lerita Coleman Brown, PhD, Ayşe I. Carden Distinguished Professor Emerita of Psychology, Agnes Scott College, is a spiritual director/companion, writer, retreat leader, and speaker. She earned her BA from UC Santa Cruz and PhD from Harvard University and her certificate in spiritual direction/companioning from the Shalem Institue for Spiritual Formation. Professor Brown promotes contemplative spirituality, the living wisdom of Howard Thurman, and uncovering the peace and joy in one’s heart on her website, and other social media platforms. She appeared in the PBS documentaries,  Back Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story and The Black Church. In 2019, she published, When the Heart Speaks, Listen—Discovering Inner Wisdom which chronicles her heart transplant journey. Her current book, What Makes You Come Alive—A Spiritual Walk with Howard Thurman will be published by Broadleaf Press in February 2023.

Cost for Event: 

Cost for a two-day retreat is $150.00 per person. Options are available for adding a day before or after the event. Indicate to the registrar if you are interested in a shared meal on Sunday evening.

  • Lodging is $60 for the first night and $25 for each additional night
  • Meals are Monday dinner-Wednesday breakfast at $56
  • Conference Facility Fee/$9.00

Those of the planning committee are from the Southeast Conference: Ed Olson, George Bennett, Philip and Vicki Nevius, Joyce Myers Brown; from the Southern Conference: Jamie Fonville, Lloyd and Gussie Spencer, “Curly” Stumb, Frank Spada.