Covid-Safe Procedures

The 2021 Retreat of Our Own will be following a number of covid-safe procedures:

  1. Meals will be eaten outside, weather-permitting. If we need to move indoors, groups will be limited to two households per table (across from each other).
  2. Participants will go up for meals by household. Food will be served by staff who are masked and gloved.
  3. Masks will be worn by participants and staff when we are gathered inside. Seating will be socially distanced.
  4. Worship will follow safe procedures that are agreed upon by the group.

2019 ROOO Poster

2019 OLD

Dr. Faith Nostbakken

Spiritual Director, Ecumenical Officer, ABT Synod (ELCIC)


September 13–15, 2019

Kuriakos, Sylvan Lake, AB

A Tapestry of Sacred Stories:

Yours, Mine, God's


  1. Introducing Sacred Story: Call and Blessing
  2. Spiritual Encounters: Personal Relationships
  3. Tests/Challenges/Eclipses


We began by considering how our lives can be seen as threads of a story and what makes them sacred. Then we expored the first avenue into sacred story through the biblical theme of call and blessing. Two more threads of the sacred tapestry were drawn from our spiritual encounters and our many and diverse relationships: this is the warp and woof of divine and human experiences interwoven.

In the last session, we asked how the darker threads of the unbidden and unasked-for challenges also add texture and meaning to our sacred stories. What, then, is the unique fabric of each of our lives, still unfinished, still becoming?

Photo highlights from this retreat

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