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Silent Morning of Reflection: Cultivating the Content of My Character
January 20 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm$35
Guest Speaker: Leslye Colvin, MA
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the March for Jobs and Freedom and gave one of his most memorable speeches one week before Leslye Colvin’s fifth birthday. Born into a predominantly Christian yet racially segregated system, Leslye learned at home the values that would influence her character as they prepared her to move beyond the dualistic status quo. By pondering the experiences of her journey and the deceptive concept of race, she continues to cultivate the values that are foundational for the content of her character. As she engages with participants, she leads them into periods of silence and invites them to intentionally ponder their own journey.
This is a silent program beyond the guided reflections from the retreat director. Gathering time is 9:00 am – 9:30 am, when a continental breakfast is provided. The program starts at 9:30 am and concludes around 1:30 pm after a delicious and nourishing vegetarian lunch is served. You are welcome to stay after the formal program is over, to enjoy the beautiful grounds and walking trails, and the amenities of Ignatius House a little longer …
Leslye Colvin is a Catholic laywoman and a writer who is inspired by the Church’s social justice tradition. She is communications coordinator for the Catholic Committee of the South’s Gathering for Mission, and an editor for the Center for Action and Contemplation. With a range of experience in promoting mission and expanding outreach, she is passionate about encouraging diversity of thought as it relates to those marginalized. Her essay, “Life, Freedom and Dignity: Reflections of a Black American Catholic”, is included in Catholic Women Speak’s Visions and Vocations published by Paulist Press on the occasion of the 2018 Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment. Leslye has been interviewed on race issues by America Magazine and Vatican Radio. She is also a contributor to Barmen Today: A Contemporary Contemplative Declaration. She serves on the Board of Directors for NETWORK Lobby, and is a student of the Living School for Action and Contemplation. When residing in Atlanta, she worked in Justice and Peace Ministries for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, facilitated JustFaith, and served on the Board of Trustees for Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center.