Bee At Peace

a program for Black women that merges faith and femininity in a journey toward healing and wholeness
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Peace, Stillness, and Connection for Black Women

Bee at Peace seeks to create spaces for Black women to encounter God via new-found freedom for peace, stillness and connection. Women participate in small, Faith-Sharing groups (“honeycombs”) across the South, and meet seasonally for prayerful Days of Reflection or overnight Spiritual Retreats.

Participants can expect to explore the intersection of faith and femininity; a moment-by-moment experience of peace and wholeness, and a journey through the uniqueness of being a Black woman. These experiences will result in a greater sense of community, positive connection and confident freedom.

How You Can “Bee” Involved

Join a honeycomb or start one! Honeycombs are small, faith-sharing circles of support for 8-10 Black women led by a “Queen Bee.” Find honeycombs near you or learn how to form one. These regular gatherings for faith sharing, companionship and inner peace are based on the spiritual wisdom of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Society of Jesus.

Support Bee at Peace to make possible all aspects of this Christian vision for total well-being — heart, mind and soul. Discover the impact your gift can make. Help develop new faith-sharing communities that build spiritual growth, brightness, and personal power for Black women. Bee at Peace is based on the spiritual wisdom of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Society of Jesus.

Swarm together with other Black women for immersive, prayerful Days of Reflection or Spiritual Retreats. We look forward to welcoming you to upcoming special events. “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24

“The beauty of Bee At Peace is that it recognizes the humanity and complexities of womanhood.
They’ve created a safe space for all women to pursue their health, wholeness, and healing within community.”

– Dedra W.

Program History

The Bee at Peace project was started for Black women in 2019 by Lauren Morton who sought to design a retreat experience that would facilitate an encounter with God. She also wanted to free women to “take off the cape” and openly support one another through personal struggles. The project takes its name from Lauren’s mother, Debra, which means “bee” in Hebrew.  Debra was the connector for her friends and loved ones, who died while battling mental health challenges in September of 2018.

Lauren believes that if her mother, and matriarchs like Debra, had received more support through faith and the permission to openly admit their feelings, that her life would have been more fulfilling — as God desires for each daughter of creation.

Motivated to help matriarchs and the generations that follow, in the fall of 2019, Lauren launched three “honeycombs” as neighborhood faith-sharing circles for Black women. Those groups continue to meet in Atlanta and Auburn, with a vision to expand where needed as God allows.

Who We Are

Creator of Bee at Peace

Lauren Morton is the creator of Bee at Peace. At the age of 4, Lauren announced to her mother in Kroger, “I am going to be a ‘Kroger check-out girl’ because they get to scan groceries.” She said, “Lauren, you…

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Retreat and Program Director

Sarah Otto, M.Div., serves on the Pastoral Team at Ignatius House. She studied theology as both an undergrad and graduate student, receiving her Master of Divinity from Boston College. Her passion has focused on the intersection of faith and justice,…

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Terresa Ford is a graduate intern through the Office of Contextual Education at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She is a second-year Master of Divinity candidate, concentrating in Catholic Studies and Chaplaincy. Terresa recently completed a year-long…

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Staff can assist with choosing the right retreat, understanding what to expect, making payment arrangements or other questions you may have. We look forward to welcoming you.

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