This year the Peace with Justice Committee of the Broome County Council of Churches is planning a January retreat for the purpose of helping you plan your Lenten services.  We have engaged the Rev. Dr. Bruce Epperly, who has a heart for the church and is a prolific writer and thinker, to facilitate this retreat. Rev. Dr. Bruce Epperly’s most recent book, Tending to the Holy, is a book that integrates the wisdom and practices of the Christian spiritual tradition with the commonplace practices of pastoral ministry. His passion is to join open spirited, bridge building, progressive, practical theological beliefs with life and health affirming holistic spiritual practices which can bring about personal and congregational healing and wholeness.

For many years the Peace with Justice Committee of the Broome County Council of Churches has hosted a Lenten Series from which many have enjoyed and benefited. This year, in response to this trend, we would like to plan something different.

WHAT: A Lenten Planning Retreat entitled “Healing our World” with an emphasis on the world, it’s people and the environment.

WHO: Rev. Dr. Bruce Epperly, Dr. Bruce Epperly: Progressive Theologian, Author, Speaker. Learn more about him at:

WHEN: Sunday, January 10 – 9 am to 3pm. January 10

WHERE: Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church 801 Main Street, Vestal.

The day will include lunch for participants, local resources that can be used for Lenten planning, experiential and interactive sessions with our instructor Bruce Epperly, and tools for practical and holistic living. All interested participants are welcome to attend Currently we are looking for any groups and other organizations in our area to table and possibly co-sponsor this event with the Broome County Council of Churches. As always, I am available for any concerns or questions you might have. My phone number is 607-724-9130 x 310 and my email address is To make a reservation, e-mail Amy Fleming at or call her at 754-3621. I look forward to hearing from you.

For more information and Program Schedule, go to:  Lenten Planning Retreat.
For more information on registering, go to:  Time to Register Now!

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