To Heal the Wounded Soul: A Cohort to Support & Encourage African American, Asian American, Latinx, and Native American Wesleyan clergy

February 16, 2022

Imagine 48 hours away from the pressures of life and ministry at a retreat designed for your rest and restoration!  We’re preparing just such a place at To Heal the Wounded Soul, a program brought to you by the Duke Clergy Health Initiative and Duke Divinity School.  The program is designed to support and encourage African American, Asian American, Latinx, and Native American Wesleyan clergy who have been serving in the cross-currents of a pandemic and heightened racial tension.
You’ll be treated to a series of three retreats with relevant content from speakers like Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, who will join us in March and April. But believe me, this is not about sitting in a classroom taking notes. We’ve planned plenty of time for you to relax, and activities to help you reconnect. There’s the meditation room and art space, along with chair massage and restorative yoga.  Another feature of the program is the peer support groups that will allow you to connect with clergy across the Carolinas from various Methodist traditions.  Though we’re definitely not here to put you to work, you’ll also have the option to enhance your church’s referral-making systems to help you support your congregants without increasing your stress.
We’ve made preparations, will you make room in your schedule?  We’re currently recruiting African American clergy for Cohort 1 and Cohort 2.  Please follow this link to express interest by February 18 as space is limited and the first retreat for Cohort 1 is March 4-6.  Soon we’ll be recruiting Asian American, Latinx, and Native American pastors.
If you have questions, please contact Co-Directors Tamario Howze or Chalice Overy at or 919-684-0994.

This event is endorsed by the WNCC Equity & Justice Ministries.

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