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Parish Retreat 2018

October 26, 2018 - October 27, 2018





Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering.

Romans 12:1-2, The Message


In a culture of exceptionalism, what might it mean to recognize our common life as “a spiritual act of worship?”  What might happen if we embrace God’s gift of mundane life as part of his blessed creation?  How might the kingdom of God break through in an a life characterized as passionate and integrated, sacrificial and hopeful for the future, firmly grounded in a theology of the sacred ordinary?  Join us for Parish Retreat 2018 to uncover and take a closer look at the glory of the everyday stuff of life and call it ‘good’.



This year the retreat will be hosted at our newly renovated building at 112 Medina St.  Join us on Friday, October 26th for a casual evening of fun together and then again on Saturday, October 27th for a full day of activities!  Saturday will include sessions together where we will hear from our guest speaker, Julie Canlis, author of A Theology of the Ordinary.  Also on Saturday you are invited to join workshops to engage in dialog and hands-on activities to see explore where the sacred and the ordinary inhabit the same space.   Full workshop descriptions are below!



$45 per person | $150 maximum/family

Is this your first retreat?  You’ll get a 50% discount!

We don’t want the cost to be a barrier for you to come to the retreat so we have scholarships available!  If you need a scholarship, or would like to contribute towards the scholarship fund EMAIL US before you register.




6:30pm – 10:00+ CASUAL FUN NIGHT (More detail soon!)


9:00am – Plenary Session 1: Julie Canlis

11:00 – Workshop 1

12:15 – Lunch

(Grab friends,family and eat at an east Austin restaurant, or bring picnic lunch and go to a park – cost not included in retreat registration)

2:15 – Workshop 2

4:00 – Plenary Session 2: Julie Canlis

5:30 – Dinner (provided at the church)

7:15 – Parish Fun Night (More details soon!)

Childcare is available on Saturday:

8:45am-12:30pm | 2:00-5:30pm (up to 5th grade)

7:00pm – 8:30pm (up to age 5 only)



You’ll be able to select your preferences in the registration form.

Ordinary Kitchen

We spend many hours of our days related to food.  The liturgy of the daily kitchen involves morning, noonday, and evening rhythms; delighting all five of senses; connection to our Creator; and lifelong memories in even simple meals.  This a hands-on cooking class, no prior cooking experience needed, led by Andy Hadd, a chemist by training and a foodie at heart.

Ordinary Place: (Love Where We Live) Neighborhood

Proximity is at the heart of the Gospel; God came near to us in order to love us, and love of neighbor is part of Jesus’ greatest commandment.  Come learn more about our eclectic church neighborhood, the history, people, and institutions that shape it.  We, as the people of Christ Church, want to love where we live.  This workshop will be led by the Christ Church Neighborhood Engagement Team.

Ordinary Place: (Love Where We Live) Creation

Creation is teeming with life, beauty, and the fingerprints of God.  As creatures ourselves and worshipers of our Creator, one of the ways we love God is by loving the world He made.  In this workshop, you’ll learn simple practices with our homes and church property as case studies, for how to care for creation and live more in tune with its rhythms.  This workshop will be led by the Christ Church Creation Care Team in partnership with A Rocha, a Christian organization engaging communities in nature conservation.

Ordinary Story
Every good story is a variation of the Great Story. Using the Harry Potter series as a case-study, this workshop will show how the narrative pattern of the Gospel finds its way into our favorite stories. This workshop will be led by Annie Crawford (a.k.a. Professor McGonagall).

Ordinary Call:  Baptism

Every human being has a call.  It starts with the call to follow Jesus.  And through baptism, we receive our identity from him, and are empowered to walk in his ways as part of his community.  This workshop is not baptismal preparation, but an opportunity for us all to remember who we are, where we’ve come from, and our ultimate purpose.  Matt Canlis, Lead Pastor of Trinity Church in Wenatchee, WA will lead this workshop.

Ordinary Call:  Work

Every human being has a call.  While baptism is our primary call and identity, each of us is given individually unique ways of being and contributing to the common good, whether it’s paid or unpaid, at home or in the world, we are made to work toward the flourishing of all creation and society.  In this workshop you will have an opportunity to reflect on and articulate the unique call God has placed upon your life.  This workshop will be led by Brian Wallace, Executive Director of the The Fuller Center for Spiritual and Missional Formation.

Ordinary Beauty

God is the Author of all beauty.  Our everyday life is enriched by natural beauty, design choices, and the visual, performing, and literary arts.  In this workshop, you’ll have an opportunity for hands-on experience as a co-creator of beauty, led by an artist of the Christ Church arts community.


Questions?  Please contact Bryson Owen


October 26, 2018
October 27, 2018
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Bryson Owen


Christ Church
112 Medina St.
Austin, TX 78702
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