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Retreat: The Book of Esther

The Book of Esther

Friday–Sunday, November 1–3, 2019

The Book of Esther is a beautifully written story named after Esther, the young Jewish Queen who risked her life to save Jews from the decree of death orchestrated by the Hitler-like anti-Semite Haman.

In spite of the book’s lack of religious language, it speaks powerfully into our modern context. We recognize similarities between our broken world and Esther’s world that is ruled by an impulsive egocentric tyrant, where God seems hidden, and God’s people are sidelined.

We will read this dramatic and inspiring book together and explore its historical background, consider how our Christian forbears found food for the soul in Esther, and unpack its life-giving meaning for our lives as individuals and as the church today.

Led by Marion Taylor, a Professor of Old Testament at Wycliffe College. She has published the award-winning Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters and a number of other books that feature the writings of forgotten women interpreters of Scripture.

  • Arrivals and registration 2-4 pm Friday; ends 1:30 pm Sunday
  • Fee $240; deposit $50
  • Registration deadline: October 25, 2019
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  • All retreats and quiet days at St. John’s Convent take place in the milieu of a contemporary monastic community which has a daily rhythm of prayer. All guests are invited to take part in the daily Eucharist, and those staying overnight may like to join us in the Divine Office (Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline).
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