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Contemplative Conversations on Race Retreat Day

  • Do you long for a prayerful, safe, open space for conversations about race?
  • Do you desire to address racism and white supremacy from a contemplatively grounded stance?
  • Do you long to speak from the heart and listen from the heart in the journey toward healing and justice?

If so, then join Fay Acker, Shalem board member and adjunct staff, and Margaret Benefiel, Shalem executive director, in a day of sharing our individual stories, listening deeply to one another, and listening for God in our midst. Our intention is to take one small step toward creating the Beloved Community, the kin-dom of God on earth through gathering with a receptive presence to deep reality.

We will gather on Zoom, create a prayerful space, listen, and have time for silence and words.


Fay C. Acker– Fay is ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and serves as a Minister Member at Large, having previously served as a Parish Associate at Northminster Presbyterian Church.

Margaret Benefiel– Executive Director of Shalem, holds a PhD in Spirituality from Catholic University and an MA in Theology from Earlham School of Religion.