Me and some other guys at church have put together a Men’s Retreat.
It is designed to challenge cultural male stereotypes, loosening you from labels, shame and constraints. We want to confront oversimplified and ignorant notions that certain attitudes and activities are synonymous with manhood and masculinity.
We will leave church at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 29. We will arrive at the campground around 6:30 p.m. and eat there. Bring your emotions, Merton and Muir.
Here’s the schedule:
7:30 p.m.- The paradox- A talk about how masculinity in the Bible is attained by being vulnerable, broken, serving others, giving up one’s life and relying on the kindness of others.
8:30 p.m.- Bring Life- We will talk about how our positions and influence are not to be used to hold others down, but lift them up.
8:00 a.m.- Undressing the Warrior- The armor you wear is killing you and those closest to you. We will talk about how cultural notions of manhood don’t align with the Christ like male and stifle intimacy, connection and relatability. Bring your journal.
12:00 p.m.- Lunch- We’ll grill and have plenty of fruit and vegetables. I will bring sweet potato fajitas and guacamole and chips. We won’t need much else, but let’s get an email going about who can bring what.
2:00 p.m.- Recess- I’m bringing badminton, baseball gloves, horseshoes, frisbees and cards. You can bring whatever. You can hike at this time if you want.
6:00 p.m.- Supper- Leftovers!
6:45 p.m.- Stories- We will discuss your thoughts to these questions: What’s the narrative you tell yourself about yourself? How is that lens congruous with reality? How is it not? What healthy and right thoughts combat your pathological thoughts? What can you do to insert better thoughts into your thought life? This is heavy. Bring your empathy.
8:00 p.m.- What do you love?- What are your favorite things on Earth? Reading, running, woodwork, wolves, cooking, your family, international travel? We want to hear about your passions and interests- the things that you make you feel alive and connected. We think this exercise helps us understand and appreciate each other.
9:00 p.m.- Wax Nostalgic- We want to hear about the loud moments in your life and how you still hear their echo. We want the good and the bad moments. You will want to reflect on this before we talk about it.
7:00 a.m.- Head back to church- There is a detour right after you pass through Flowing Water, WY. It lasts just two miles and is marked well. Call me if you have trouble.
10:00 a.m.- Attend Sunday worship- Pastor Kyle is preaching a 3 week series on femininity and masculinity. His content is thought-provoking and will have us rethink what it means to be husbands, fathers, sons and males and how we think of our wives, daughters, mothers and females.
We look forward to seeing you.
Jason StringstonAssociate Pastor
Bleeding Lamb, Risen King Church