Journey Toward Gratefulness
Featured Guest: Diana Butler Bass Author of Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks
Retreat Guide: Rev. Barbara Williams Retired Unity Minister
We know that gratitude is good, but many of us find it hard to sustain a meaningful life of gratefulness. Four out of five Americans report feeling gratitude on a regular basis, but those private feelings seem disconnected from larger concerns of our public lives. In Grateful, cultural observer and theologian Diana Butler Bass takes on this “gratitude gap” and offers up surprising, relevant, and powerful insights to practice gratitude.
We have been taught to think of gratitude as a response to gifts received, yet more powerful is to realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline, Barbara believes. The discipline of gratitude is to acknowledge that all we are and have is given to us as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy. All of life is a pure gift. To be grateful is to be receptive to life’s giving-ness, life’s abundance. Gratitude is a state of mind, a way of seeing life, of noticing and relating to life. It is a lens we choose to see our lives through. During our retreat we will use Bible stories and playful exercises to create each person’s unique way of living in gratitude.
Music: Fran McKendree and River Guerguerian
Your personal copy of The Guidebook to Grateful Living is included in your registration fee. Registration fee includes conference fees, materials, 6 meals, and 2 night’s lodging.