Retreat Information

Retreat Leader:
Jim Dant
Jim was born Jewish, christened Roman Catholic, baptized Baptist and received his doctorate from a Presbyterian Seminary. Having lived through a tumultuous childhood — riddled with divorces, adoption and more divorces — he has had two mothers, seven fathers and a host of step, half and adopted siblings. Jim is currently a writer, conference speaker, church consultant and creative partner at Faithlab.  He has served as a staff minister and pastor at churches in Georgia. Concurrent with pastoral work, he has spent the last seventeen years lecturing as an adjunct professor at Brewton Parker College and then Mercer University. He’s written five books, several series of curriculum, numerous articles and essays.

Worship Leader:
Anita Thompson
Anita has been on staff at First, Ahoskie, for 11 and a half years. She has served churches in North Carolina, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Virginia in the areas of Music & Worship, Children’s Ministry, Christian Education/Spiritual Formation, and Youth Ministry. Anita was Worship Team Leader for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s national General Assembly in Ft. Worth, TX, June, 2012.





4:00     Registration Opens

5:30     Supper

7:00     Session 1
9:00     Evening Prayer



7:00    Morning Prayer
   Centering Prayer

7:30    Breakfast 

9:00    Session 2

10:30   Silence

12:00   Lunch 

1:00    Creative Spiritual Experiences

4:00    Small Groups

5:30    Supper 

7:00    Session 3

9:00    Evening Prayer



7:30    Morning Prayer
   Centering Prayer

8:00    Breakfast 

9:30    Small Groups
11:00   Worship
12:00   Lunch and Dismissal 





as a spiritual practice


May 2-4, 2014
Caraway Conference Center
Sophia, NC  






Session Details

Teaching Times

The Rev. Jim Dant will guide us in looking at hospitality as a spiritual practice.  With the book of Ruth as our foundation, we will explore hospitality through:

Welcoming Life
a prayerful look at the relentless nature of life...and how to hospitably welcome each moment of our life

Welcoming God
a prayerful search for God ... in places we rarely expect to find God

Welcoming Others
how to credibly and genuinely walk with “any other person” on their faith journey

Welcoming Change
how hospitality shifted all of Jewish history in the oft overlooked story of Ruth ... and how it can shift our histories, as well.



The Rev. Anita Thompson will lead us in worship through music and spoken word before each teaching session and in Sunday morning worship, which will include the Lord’s Supper.


Activities for Participants

This retreat will include small-group discussion along with opportunities to experience and encourage spiritual growth. Times of silence are provided to allow participants an opportunity to listen for God. Whether silence is a new or old practice, instruction will be given for ways in which to engage the silence with active listening.


Early bird cost* : $199/single   $175/double
Early bird deadline is February 3, 2014

Regular cost*: $225/single   $200/double
Deadline is April 18, 2014

Cost includes lodging, food and retreat. 

*$50 of this cost is non-refundable. After April 18, the entire cost is non-refundable.



Registration is now closed.

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