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Intentional Community Planning Its Summer 2017 Retreat

Intentional Community Planning Its Summer Retreat

By Jackie Arbuckle

The Rock Point Intentional Community (aka RPIC) will be meeting on Saturday, May 20 from 10 am -12 noon to continue planning for our early September annual retreat. Following a suggestion from one of our members, we’re going to focus the retreat on creating a Eucharistic liturgy in the Celtic tradition, with careful attention to avoiding “churchy” or traditional institutional religious language. The liturgy we produce during the retreat will be the first of a series of seasonal services that fit the contemporary style we’ve been working on – contemporary, creation-themed, and Celtic, as we tell the priests who preside at our “second week of the month” services all year.

Since Celtic Spirituality is very much in tune with the natural world and the turning of the seasons, the services we’ll be creating will fit Rock Point perfectly, and offer a distinctive form of worship that is likely to be much more palatable to the many spiritual but not religious partners and friends we have here. We’ll be offering this initial service at our second annual Partners and Friends celebration on October 7th, which in the Celtic world is in the harvest season of Mabon, which falls on the Autumn equinox. Other names found in Celtic texts include:  Second Harvest Festival, Wine Harvest, Feast of Avalon, Alben Elfed (Caledonii), or Cornucopia.

Anyone with an interest in creating this liturgy is welcome to join RPIC at our May meeting and/or at the retreat on September 3rd and 4th (Labor Day). Keep watch for more information.

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