Gary Hall Retreat

Spiritually Surviving in the Time of Trump:
Lament, Connect, Resist

April 7-9, 2017

Each year, the Very Rev. Gary Hall of Los Angeles leads a reflective retreat weekend for adults at Camp Stevens. The weekend often uses an outside material to provide a framework for discussion, reflection, and prayer.

Both the 2016 presidential campaign and the early days of the Trump administration have raised serious spiritual, ethical, and missional questions for mainline Christians. What is our personal and collective stance toward a presidency so clearly at odds with most accepted norms (economic justice and racial reconciliation to name two) of Christian faith and practice? How do we monitor our own interior lives in the face of the external chaos abroad in our body politic? And how can we organize effectively to stand for the gospel values of justice, inclusion, and compassion that seem once again to be contested in our common life?

In this three-day retreat, we will explore biblical, theological, and other reflective resources that will ground us in the scriptural and Anglican ideas of “commonwealth”. We will explore prayer practices that can help us both express our concerns and open ourselves to God’s new possibilities hidden in the present moment. And we will talk together about how to connect with others in the faith community who will join us in standing with and for those who are most at risk.

As in past years, we’ll spend some time both in and outdoors, listening to each other in the beauty of the camp’s natural setting. Larry Dilg will once again lead us in song on Saturday night.  And there will always be time for pie.

Gary Hall is a longtime friend, chaplain, and retreat leader at Camp Stevens.  A former school, college, and seminary teacher (and longtime parish priest), he is the recently retired dean of Washington National Cathedral.


Schedule: The weekend will begin with supper Friday evening, April 7, and will conclude with morning Eucharist, a wrap-up of the weekend, and lunch on Sunday April 9.

Lodging: Accommodations will be available Lax-Sadler Lodge, Camp Stevens’s newest building, – with 3-5 beds per room and a private bathroom in each.

Cost: $210, which includes all meals, activities and programs


Rev. Gary Hall

About Gary Hall: The Very Rev. Gary Hall is a longtime friend, chaplain, and retreat leader at Camp Stevens. A former school, college, and seminary teacher and longtime parish priest who has recently returned to the Diocese of Los Angeles.  He is now retired, but has previously served as Dean of Washington National Cathedral, Dean and President of Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, and a clergy staff member of All Saints Pasadena.  Join him and a welcoming community for a weekend-long spiritual retreat, featuring stimulating conversation, outdoor exploration, and time for personal reflection.The Program: We usually think of prayer as our speaking to God. True enough; but in the Christian tradition, spirituality is equally concerned with our listening to God in dialogue with us as we give voice to our hopes, needs, concerns, and fears.