The southern shores of Lake Tahoe, Nevada, provided a breathtaking backdrop for the third annual Well-Being Retreat (August 21-23), hosted by Board University in partnership with the Presbyterian Foundation and its subsidiary, New Covenant Trust Company.
A total of 90 participants from 26 states gathered at Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center — where “the fabric is thin between heaven and earth” — for interactive learning, energetic fellowship, community building, morning and evening worship, and moments of quiet reflection along the largest alpine lake in North America.
"A lovely and grace-filled event … pastors were fed and refreshed in a well-supported setting where they could be on the receiving end."
"Thank you to all involved with offering this event! Along with CREDO, the best Board of Pensions event experience I have had."
"I want to commend the leadership and all the staff for the balance, well-spokenness, and spirit of the retreat."
"I appreciate that worship was so integrated into the theme of the week."
These were just a few of the affirmations received from Benefits Plan members (including retirees) and spouses in attendance. As one participant noted, “This was a wonderful opportunity to focus on self-care, something pastors need to recognize on a continual basis … because you can’t be of service to others if you’re not at your best.”
With over 20 workshops focusing on the spiritual, health, financial, and vocational aspects of well-being, participants were able to tailor their retreat experience to meet their particular needs. Along with favorite presenters and topics from prior years, Well-Being Retreat 2017 welcomed new speakers and programs, such as spiritual direction, managing conflict, defining one’s legacy, understanding stewardship in racial and ethnic communities, and making healthcare decisions at the end of life.
Workshop facilitators at Well-Being Retreat 2017 included representatives from the Board, the Presbyterian Foundation, and several of the Board’s business partners (Highmark and Fidelity), as well as clergy, spiritual directors, healthcare workers, counselors, dietitians, and wellness coaches. Attendees could also request one-on-one sessions with the Board of Pensions Member Advocate, Fidelity Investments representatives, and (new this year) one of several spiritual directors.
Worship and service opportunities were woven into the retreat schedule to provide theological grounding as participants were engaged in acquiring knowledge and learning new practices to enhance their well-being. A number of those in attendance expressed gratitude for the worship experiences, especially for the sermons delivered by the Reverend Dr. Cleophus LaRue, Francis Landey Patton Professor of Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Details regarding Well-Being Retreat 2018 — dates, location, accommodations, programs, and speakers — will be available in the spring. Until then, be sure to visit
Board University to learn about seminars, e-learning opportunities, and other resources for finances, benefits, retirement, and well-being that are available for plan members, churches, employers, and mid councils.