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Life Together: A week of reflection and renewal in the style of Bonhoeffer's Finkenwalde Seminary

Part of the “Finkenwalde Experiment” at Freeborn Lutheran Church in partnership with The Bonhoeffer Botanical Gardens and The International Bonhoeffer Society
Sunday evening June 25th through Friday afternoon June 30th, 2017
Freeborn Lutheran Church and Bonhoeffer Botanical Gardens Exit 215, Stanwood, WA
Rev. Dr. Mark Brocker, Faculty
Rev. Erik Samuelson, Chaplain
A weeklong retreat in early summer 2017 for lay and ordained Christian leaders based on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s community practice at the Finkenwalde seminary, as outlined in “Life Together” and other writings from that period. The purpose of this one-week experience at Freeborn Lutheran Church and Bonhoeffer Botanical Gardens in Stanwood, WA is to engage a community in a week of “Life Together” for personal renewal, learning, spiritual and vocational discernment, and community formation, as a way to begin connecting Bonhoeffer’s insights and work to the challenges we face today.  Evening lectures by Rev. Dr. Mark Brocker connecting Dietrich Bonhoeffer's work to the challenges of today with the theme "Faith under fire" will be open to the public.
Registration is open and spaces are limited, scholarships are available

For more information visit: http://www.freebornchurch.org/life-together-retreat/


Draft Retreat Schedule (based on Finkenwalde Seminary Daily Schedule)
Sunday, June 25th:
5:00pm Arrival and registration
6:00pm Community Dinner
7:00pm Introduction to Life Together week
7:30pm Viewing of Bonhoeffer Documentary
9:00pm Evening prayer (brief)
9:30pm Return to camp/hotel
Monday, June 26th-Thursday June 29th
6:30am Morning silence/travel to site from camp/hotel
7:00am Morning worship
7:30am Breakfast
8:30am Individual meditation/prayer based on Finkenwalde practice
9:00am Life Together
12:00pm Community singing/Communal meditation practice
12:30pm Lunch
2:00pm Work/Study/Service/Games/music/free time
Optional organized activity each day
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Public lectures on Bonhoeffer and contemporary topics
               Week’s Theme: “Faith Under Fire”
               Monday: Bonhoeffer and the Church Struggle
               Tuesday: Bonhoeffer as Pastor
               Wednesday: Conspiracy and Imprisonment
               Thursday: Ecological Trajectory of Bonhoeffer’s Ethics
8:00pm Conversation
8:30pm Evening Prayer
9:00pm Return to camp/hotel
Friday Evening June 30th 
[same as Monday-Thursday through 6:00pm dinner]
7:00pm Holy Communion Service and sending--open to public
8:00pm Depart for home or return to camp/hotel


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