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General Church 2020 Retreat News

We are happy to announce that the application form to offer a session at the 2020 Retreat next June in Bryn Athyn is now available – go to and click on the link “Submit a Session Application for Retreat 2020” on that page. You can either submit it electronically or print out an application, fill it in and mail it. Applications close November 1, 2019.

A small Docket Committee will receive the applications and will be charged with making determinations about those that can be gratefully accepted. Experience shows that not every application can be accepted. The aim of the committee is to share criteria that will increase the likelihood that a session will be welcomed into the menu of offerings.

Selections will be based on the following criteria:

  • Connection to the overall theme: “Behold I make all things new” – a way forward focused on the Lord and a life of useful service. (Note that every session need not directly reference the theme).
  • A clear foundation in the teachings of the New Church, and perceived fit within the General Church.
  • Variety and balance of subject matter within the overall program: Examples include spiritual growth, outreach doctrinal inquiry, accessibility for people relatively new to the New Church, marriage, parenting, and so on.
  • Variety and balance of emphasis within the overall program: Love (worship, support, community, ministry); Wisdom (learning, studying, sharing truths); Use (applying teachings, serving others, activity).
  • How this session brings spiritual concepts into life.
  • Ability to generate healthy discussion.
  • Perceived interest to the participants.