Monday, June 4, 2018 at 2:00 PM CDT
Friday, June 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM CDT

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Seminary of the Southwest 
501 E. 32nd Street
Austin, TX 78705

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Laurel Schlueder 
Seminary of the Southwest 

From Political Polarization to Vestry Infighting: Engaging Faithful Dialogue During Troubled Times 


June 4 - 8, 2018

Difficult conversations, making tough choices, bridging political divides, disarming conflict: as church leaders we face these issues every day. The Gospel offers spiritual perspective and practical guidance to help us constructively and charitably engage difficult conversations.

This week-long continuing education retreat includes both theological teaching and practical training in Gospel-based dialogue techniques. You will acquire tools to make your job as rector, priest, or lay leader easier, and develop friendships with others who are navigating similar waters. 


Dr. Steven Tomlinson

The Rev. Jane Patterson, PhD

The Rev. John Lewis, DPhil

Rebecca Hall, MSF

Cost: $475, including daily breakfast and lunch on Tuesday and Thursday

CEU’s may be available for this event. Please check with your diocese or certifying board

Please note that all registration fees includes:

Breakfast: Tuesday - Friday

Lunch: Tuesday and Thursday

Dinner: Tuesday evening at the home of Dr. Steven Tomlinson

Fees do NOT include housing. (There are limited number of guest rooms available on campus. Once registered, you will receive information on the availability and cost, as well as options for local hotels.)

You are encouraged to explore the wealth of Austin's excellent home grown restaurants for the evening meals and for lunch on Wednesday.

If you have questions about how to register or about the event, please contact Laurel Schlueder at laurel.schlueder@ssw.edu or at 512.439.0356.