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A Weekend with Dr. Jerry Wright
When
Friday, September 7, 2018 to Monday, July 9, 2018

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Lake Junaluska

September 7-9, 2018
 

Jungian Psychology and Celtic Spirituality: Resources for a Grounded Mysticism

The Retreat will seek to address the deep hunger for a soulful spirituality, one which overcomes the centuries-old splits between matter and spirit, earth and heaven, body and soul – or, in psychological language the split between conscious and unconscious.  Drawing on the relatively young discipline of Jungian or analytical psychology, and the ancient wisdom which nourished our Celtic ancestors, Dr. Wright will propose what might be called a “grounded mysticism” which honors the innumerable ways the resources of the deep unconscious seeks expression or incarnation.  Attention will be given to inclusive god-images and religions which challenge fear-based claims to superior and exclusive truth which tear at the fabric of our individual and collective lives.  The Retreat will provide a creative space for considering a new religious/spiritual paradigm which seems to be on the horizon, begging for midwives to assist in its birthing.  No previous knowledge of Celtic spirituality nor Jungian psychology is required for full participation. 

Jerry R. Wright is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Flat Rock, NC.  An experienced retreat/conference leader, he has also led pilgrimages to Iona, Scotland, Ireland, Peru, and India.  Dr. Wright’s doctoral thesis, Symbols For The Christ In The Gospel Of John And The Archetypal Self In The Psychology Of C.G. Jung, and his Jungian thesis, Archetypal Thin Places: Experiencing The Numinosum explored his passion for analytical psychology, Celtic spirituality, and the experience of the numinous (sacred or holy) in the practice of Jungian analysis, as well as in everyday life.  He is the author of the forthcoming book, Re-Imagining God and Religion:  Essays for the Psychologically Minded to be released in early 2018.

Program Registration: $200/person. Register online here or send check payable to: Jennifer Martin, 205 Calico Lane, Clyde, NC 28721.

Lodging and Meal Packages: (Separate registration with Lake Junaluska Conference Center) include 2 nights lodging at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, and breakfast on Saturday through breakfast on Sunday.  Terrace and Lambuth Rooms available. Double Room packages start at $141/person plus tax. Call 800.222.4930 for reservations. (Ask for the First Light Production room block.)


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A Summons to Witness, Protest, and Promise

We give thanks for this Summons to Witness, Protest and Promise written by the cabinet of the North Carolina Conference.  In our ongoing collaboration, we affirm these words alongside them.  Across our state, we invite all United Methodists to be a part of building “the new world God promises as heaven in time descends to earth.” (Revelation 21)

A Summons to Witness, Protest, & Promise

We, United Methodists in The Western North Carolina Conference, join our voices with The North Carolina Conference in witness, protest and promise in these times of violence against our Black brothers and sisters.

We believe. . .

We believe that the Holy Spirit is indeed poured out upon all people.
We believe that in baptism, we are incorporated into God’s mighty acts of salvation, and commissioned to resist evil, injustice and oppression, in whatever forms they present themselves.
We believe that God’s intent for humanity is community, compassion, and holiness, and that justice has been marred by the history of enslavement and racism.
We believe that repentance is urgent for the historic and ongoing violence against Black girls and boys, men and women.
We believe that in the wounding of Black bodies we see Christ crucified.
We believe that those who have been steeped in white privilege, through repentance, can be transformed into humble servants of the living God.
We believe we are called to work for the day when God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven.

We protest. . .
We protest violent murders of Black men and women, most recently Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.
We protest the narratives of fear and suspicion that divide people from one another.
We protest our historic failure to ensure all our churches are places of hospitality, welcome, and belonging for our Black brothers and sisters.
We protest the historic and continuing suppression of voting and other basic rights.
We protest all incendiary public leadership in this time of crisis and turmoil.
We protest the lack of will in our communities, our state and our country to protect the lives of our Black brothers and sisters, and especially the most vulnerable, the young and the old.

We promise. . .
We promise to use our voices, resources and power to dismantle white privilege and racist systems, especially within our own United Methodist Church.
We promise to read the Scripture with ear and eye attentive to the continued call toward God’s will for all people.
We promise to exercise the right to vote and to work against voter suppression.
We promise to create around ourselves at all times hospitable space for all people.
We promise to name prejudice when we see it and to receive the correction of others who see prejudice in us.
We promise to be life-long learners, to constantly make adjustments in the way we use our power and influence, to be active participants in the building of the beloved community, and ultimately growing always in holiness toward the perfection we see in Christ.

Signed,

Bishop Paul Leeland
Laura Auten
Carl Arrington
Michael Bailey
David Christy
Amy Coles
Bev Coppley
Beth Crissman
Otto Harris
David Hockett
Kim Ingram
Linda Kelly
Mark King
Melissa McGill
Samuel Moore, Jr.
Dan Pezet
Mark Ralls
David Snipes
Caroline Wood
Jane Wood

Hope Morgan Ward
Tim Russell
Edie Gleaves
Ray Broadwell
Gil Wise
Gray Southern
Mike Frese
Kenneth Locklear
Randy Innes
Linda Taylor
Dena White
Tara Lain
Ismael Ruiz-Millan
Jon Strother
Beth Hood
Lisa Yebuah
Greg Moore
Steve Taylor

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