Updated: Sep 4, 2021
Waiting on a Promise: An Advent Retreat for Partners
Naked Truth Project: P Word Conference
My childhood and young adult experiences connected to celebrating Christmas held both joy and pain. Trying to navigate both often led to focusing heavily on one and compartmentalizing the other; a not-so-healthy but oh-so-common coping with life practice.
Then, about 15 years ago I began engaging in the Advent experience, and in doing so my journey through the 'holiday' season became richer. I discovered the point of the journey through the Advent season: it builds within us a capacity to experience both joy and pain - especially when we do so with others - when we collectively wait on a promise.
An Advent retreat for partners
Like me, ADOH alumni and co-presenters Cindy Bajema (Naked Truth Recovery) and Corinne Foley understand why the holiday season uniquely holds a range of emotional challenges for those who experienced betrayal trauma. During our peer facilitator training experiences, I discovered their mutual love for (and experience with!) celebrating Advent. To my great joy, after I asked if they'd be willing to offer an Advent partner retreat, they said yes. As they began co-creating their retreat concept and then began sharing it with me, my joy jumped off the chart.
And I believe yours will too!
The "Waiting for a Promise Partner Retreat" occurs online, via Zoom, during six sessions (Sundays, November 21, 28, December 5, 12, 19, ""an Epiphany session January 9.) Registration is limited to 30 participants closes on October 8. For complete details (and be prepared to join in the joy) register here.
Connecting and collaborating with ministries like The Naked Truth Project is a welcomed gift in my role as ADOH's founder. Several years after she completed ADOH training I met Catherine Etherington, NT's Head of Recovery (and Ian Henderson, CEO and Founder) at a C-SASI conference in Houston.
I LOVE NT's vision and their recovery programming approach, and routinely refer them both within and outside the ADOH community.
Answering the "why" P Word conference
"The P-Word Conference exists to break the silence around the issue of porn in the church. We’ve invited over 30 expert therapists, coaches, church leaders, and activists to share their personal stories and professional wisdom with us, so that we can step into the conversation equipped to talk about and tackle porn in our congregations and communities.
The conference is for church leaders, small group leaders, youth and pastoral teams but it is also for any individual passionate about seeing personal and cultural transformation, pursuing freedom from the damaging impacts of porn and inspiring others to do the same through open and honest conversations.
Church; we have the hope of redemption, healing and restoration; let’s talk about it."
For conference details, list of speakers,
and to register click here.
The September 15 - December 1 partner peer facilitator training cohorts are full! Looking forward to going through the training experience together with amazing women. For more information about the training click here.