New Streams retreat focuses on prayer, peacemaking



Focusing on prayer and peacemaking, the New Streams Team will host Seeking God’s Power and Living a Shalom Life, which will be held Nov. 9-10 at Effingham Centenary UMC. The event is the next in the Deeper Still series.
Susan Nienaber of the Alban Institute will lead the two-day retreat with additional resource persons coming from the IGRC. Nienaber, an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, has experience as a pastor, hospital chaplain, psychotherapist, and family and marriage therapist. She writes, lectures, and leads training workshops and retreats for clergy and laity on subjects such as managing conflict and change, professional ethics and boundaries, the use of dialogue, developing staff and strengthening leadership.
Participants will experience times of learning, hands-on practice of the disciplines of prayer and peacemaking, worship, and reflection, along with time to network with others from throughout the conference that are passionate about these disciplines. The Rivers of Life clergy band will provide worship music on Friday evening.
Registration for this retreat is $25 per person through Oct. 5. After that date, registration is $35 per person or $30 each for a group of three or more from the same church, charge or parish. Lodging expenses are not included in the registration fee. Child care is available, and the church is accessible to those with disabilities. The final registration deadline is Nov. 2. Further information and a link to the registration form may be found at Questions may be directed to Beth Fender, Coordinator of New Streams, at 217-529-2611 or
Deeper Still is a series of experiential retreats exploring spiritual disciplines. Each retreat offers hands-on experience with one act of piety (which helps us grow in our love for God) and one act of mercy (which helps us grow in our love for our neighbor), along with time to explore the connection between the two and reflect on how the practice of these means of grace helps us grow deeper still in our life in the Spirit. Each retreat in the series is a stand-alone experience.
Even if you have never attended any of the previous Deeper Still retreats, you are welcome and encouraged to participate in this one. Certified Lay Speakers may be able to use this event for renewal. Contact your District Director of Lay Speaking Ministries for further information.