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Having Courage in the Dark: Looking to the Sacred Space of Holy Saturday to Empower Leaders as They Companion in the Midst of Lost Hope

  • Ignatius Retreat House 6700 Riverside Drive, NW Atlanta, GA 30328 (map)
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An invitation to small teams of vestry, ministry heads, and clergy from the churches of the Episcopal
Diocese of Atlanta. Space is limited to 15 participants. Early registration is encouraged.


  • The Transformational Space of Holy Saturday---- What is it? Why it is so important in our ministry together?

  • Crossing the Threshold---- How to understand ‘Time in the Tomb’ as spiritual growth.

  • Spiritual and Emotional Courage---- How can we trust ourselves to the Dark?

  • In the Ditches---- The essential holy work of companioning all God’s people in all places.

  • Tools and Practices ---- How to nurture presence and discernment of Spirit in the midst of great darkness and loss of hope.


  • The Right Reverend Robert C. Wright, Bishop, The Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

  • The Very Reverend Canon Liz Hendrick, Rector, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Snellville

  • Mrs. Kathy Malcolm Hall (MS, LPC), Connecting Us; One Bread, Founder

  • Mr. John Ray, Diaconal Candidate

  • The Reverend Julia G. Rusling, Associate Rector, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Dunwoody; Director, Anam Cara

Cost is $200 and includes program, private room and bath, meals, snacks, and use of grounds.

Questions?  Please contact The Rev. Julia Rusling (

To RSVP please email The Rev. Julia G. Rusling,