FutureChurch Pilgrimage to Greece in March 2020

Follow in the footsteps of our foremothers in faith in Greece from March 4 - March 13, 2020
 

From the ancient Greek goddesses Athena, Artemis and Gaia to women of the New Testament and finally present-day nuns in Greek monasteries, this pilgrimage will focus on the influence of women on the spirituality and history of Christianity. Lydia, Euodia and Syntyche are women named by Paul as partners in ministry in Philippi.  Phoebe, Priscilla, and Junia are named as leaders in the church and in the city.  Our Greek guide, Aliki, will delight you with her vast knowledge and stories.  Our educational director, Christine Schenk, CSJ, will share the stories of great women in the early Church.  Our spiritual director, Russ Petrus, will help participants prayerfully reflect on the lives of our foremothers in faith and the meaning of their contributions for both women and men in the church today.

This pilgrimage will be led by expert author Sr. Christine Schenk, CSJ and FutureChurch Co-Director, Russ Petrus, M.Div.

EDUCATIONAL DIRECTOR CHRISTINE SCHENK, CSJ, is the co-founder of FutureChurch. She led the organization from 1990-2013 and worked to transform a diocesan network of 28 parish councils and 100 parish leaders into an international organization of over 3500 parish-centered activists reflecting the values of Vatican II.  Currently she writes an award-winning column “Simply Spirit” for the National Catholic Reporter.  Schenk’s new book Crispina and Her Sisters: Women and Authority in Early Christianity details original research into iconic motifs of female authority found in early Christian art and archaeology.   She has offered countless presentations on women in the early Christianty and has led multiple pilgrimages to Rome and Greece to the sites of women leaders in early Christianity from 2006 thru today.  Schenk is one of three nuns featured in the award-winning documentary Radical Grace.

SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR RUSS PETRUS serves as Co-Director for FutureChurch. He holds an M.Div from Weston Jesuit School of Theology and the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College. Jesuit-educated and formed since high school, Russ is well-versed in Ignatian Spirituality but has also been heavily influenced by the many Franciscan priests, brothers, and sisters with whom he studied. Prior to joining FutureChurch, Russ engaged in parish and college ministry for over ten years in the areas of life-long faith formation, liturgy coordination, RCIA direction, and music ministry.  Russ has developed and facilitated numerous programs and retreats on topics ranging from contemplative prayer to social justice for a variety of audiences. At FutureChurch Russ has created and led dozens of profoundly engaging prayer services and reflections.  Along with his many talents, Russ is trained as a classical musician.

Please return this form as soon as possible since it contains information needed to make hotel reservations. After completing this form, you will have the option to proceed to a payment page, where you may make payment online, if you would like. Otherwise, you can send a check to FutureChurch, 17305 Madison Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107. 

Whether you make your payment online or by check, a $500 deposit is due to hold your space. (this deposit will be returned to you in the unlikely event the trip is cancelled due to insufficient numbers. Otherwise, the deposit is non-refundable). In addition, we request that you send: 

1. A photocopy of the identification page of your passport.

2. A photo of yourself to be used in our photo book for all those on this pilgrimage. (The photo can be sent electronically)

3. Payment in full is due January 5, 2020 for the March 4 - 13, 2020 pilgrimage. Send to: FutureChurch, 17305 Madison Ave., Lakewood, Ohio 44107 or pay online at https://www.futurechurch.org/events/2020-futurechurch-pilgrimage-to-greece

 
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Please return this form as soon as possible since it contains information needed to make hotel reservations. Please include: 1. $500.00 to reserve your place. Make your check payable to FutureChurch. (This deposit will be returned to you if the trip is cancelled due to insufficient numbers. Otherwise, the deposit is non-refundable.) 2. A photocopy of the identification page of your passport. 3. A photo of yourself to be used in our photo book for all those on this pilgrimage. (The photo can be sent electronically) 4. Payment in full is due January 5, 2020 for the March 4 - 13, 2020 pilgrimage. Send to: FutureChurch, 17305 Madison Ave., Lakewood, Ohio 44107 or pay online at https://www.futurechurch.org/events/2020-futurechurch-pilgrimage-to-greece