November 25, 2015


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Spotlight Events

Personal Retreat time at the Lodge March 30, 2015
Through April 4. The Lodge is open for Personal Retreat from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Please call Nat at the Silent Retreat Office for overnight retreats (301-916-1131).
Maundy Thursday Service of the Shadows April 2, 2015
7:30pm to 8:00pm at the Farmhouse. Eight candles extinguished one by one while scriptures are read.
Good Friday-Stations of the Cross April 3, 2015
12:00 noon at the Farmhouse with the Emmaus Community
Good Friday-Retreat @ the Lodge April 3, 2015
10:00am to 4:00pm. Please call Nat at the Silent Retreat Office to sign up (301-916-1131).
Earth Vigil On the Eve of Easter April 4, 2015
7:00pm to 8:30/9:00pm at the Farmhouse. Gather in front of the Farmhouse. All ages welcome. Bring a flashlight, and dress for the weather. For those of us in the Christian household, Holy Week is a time to steep ourselves in the story of Jesus' passionate love. In our time, it is Earth itself which is experiencing crucifixion -- our rivers and oceans, mountains, forests, air, and all the forms of life that share this exquisite, endangered place we call home. So on this sacred night when we remember Jesus' passage from death to resurrected life, we come together for a pilgrimage walk on the land at Dayspring. Through story, music, prayers, and simple ritual we pray for the healing and renewing of all Life. The vigil closes with the lighting of the Easter fire, followed by a time of celebration with light refreshments. For more information see or call Earth Ministry at 301-916-4827
Easter Sunday April 5, 2015
Worship, Egg Hunt, and Potluck 10:00am, at the Wellspring Conference Center

Join Us

Sunday Worship

9:45 am Gather in silence, 10 am service begins

Outside in the pavilion in the summer and in the old Farmhouse in the winter (with programs for children ages six and up)

School of Christian Living
Thursday evenings sessions in Spring and Fall

Noon Prayer (contemplative)
Weekdays at the Farmhouse 12 - 12:30

Centering Prayer
6:30 pm Monday at the Silent Retreat Lodge

Quiet Days, Weekend Silent Retreats, Individual Retreats
 Full schedule at

Seasonal Celebrations, Walks on the Land, Tours
 See Earth Ministry website


For Reflection

Tell me the landscape in which you live and I will tell you who you are.

Creator God, You have called us to be keepers of your Earth; through greed, we have created an economy that destroys the web of life. We have changed our climate and drown in despair. Let oceans of justice flow, may we learn to sustain and renew the life of our Mother Earth. We pray for our leaders, custodians of Mother Earth. May they negotiate with wisdom and fairness, may they act with compassion and courage, and lead us in the path of justice for the sake of our children and our children's children.

~ Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.