Jun 27 - Jun 30, 2019

Picturing God: Metaphors for Pilgrims


James K.A. Smith (web)

Grand Rapids, MI

Lauren Winner (web)

Durham, NC


Michael Wilson (web)


Ben Kyle (web)


Considering the significance of metaphor in the spiritual life.

“How can anyone who is not a poet ever fully understand the gospels with their accumulation of metaphor?,” asks the poet R.S. Thomas. “Yet, how shall we attempt to describe or express ultimate reality except through metaphor or symbol?”

This retreat is an invitation to (re)consider the ways we’ve learned to picture God—and perhaps a chance to refresh the gallery of our imagination with images of God we’ve neglected or ignored.

Scholarships are available. To apply for a scholarship, first register for a retreat to secure a space. Then apply for a scholarship after paying the $100 deposit. In the event of a full scholarship, your deposit will be refunded.

Plan to arrive at Laity Lodge anytime after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 27. The retreat will officially commence with a 6:00 p.m. reception at the Great Hall and will conclude Sunday, June 30, following an 11:00 a.m. brunch. Click here for directions and more info on how to prepare for your visit.