Well-Being Respite

​Board University introduces Well-Being Respite, a unique online opportunity for members that supports wholeness.

Well-Being Respite
"Having just finished the August respite, I can see how important it is for me to do this regularly. Normally, I am caring for the church, my family, and my community. This gives me an opportunity to care for me."

— Well-Being Respite attendee

Well-Being Respite is a unique online opportunity to step away from your daily routine and come to the well for spiritual renewal, mental stimulation, thoughtful conversation, and meaningful engagement with colleagues in life and ministry as you contemplate God's movement in our individual and collective experiences.

Available to all Benefits Plan members*, Well-Being Respite is a virtual space to pause, learn, reframe, and connect. Each of these four monthly offerings focuses on a different dimension of wholeness — financial, spiritual, vocational, and health — and how the current landscape shapes our understanding and application of it.

Respites will be held on Wednesdays, August 19, September 16, October 21, and November 18, from 1-4 p.m. ET. Each respite is comprised of the following:

  • worship
  • an engaging workshop
  • a panel discussion
  • break-out conversation with other participants

The event concludes with a charge and blessing as you return to the rhythm of your day. 

*Includes all active and retired plan members and their spouses, including surviving spouses.

October Respite: Vocational Well-Being

The October Well-Being Respite will focus on the topic Vocational Well-Being and feature the Reverend Dr. Eric Chavis as the keynote speaker. His keynote address, Navigating Vocational Transitions in Virtual Time, will explore how navigating vocational transitions and virtual processes require energy and intentionality. In a time of physical distancing, we are relearning to say hello and goodbye to new colleagues, calls, and roles — all from behind computer screens, mobile devices, and face masks. Join Rev. Dr. Chavis in exploring discernment of contextual (including congregational) and cultural fit, as well as a discussion of reading social cues in the midst of virtual seasons of change. Even as we navigate unfamiliar terrain, we are reminded of the constancy of God’s presence and vision for our lives.

Registration is now open for the October 21 Well-Being Respite. When you register, you'll find additional information about the event, including a detailed schedule.

November Respite: Health

The November Well-Being Respite will focus on the topic of Health and feature keynote speaker the Reverend Larissa Kwong Abazia. Rev. Kwong Abazia's keynote address, Practicing Resiliency, will focus on how resiliency is much more than making it through or dealing with what is before us; it calls us to adapt in the midst of trauma, tragedy, challenges, or stress. Whether we face problems or concerns about our health, finances, family, friends, or a larger sense of belonging, we have an opportunity to come together as a community to honestly name the realities and narratives that might otherwise divide us. Join us for this thoughtful conversation about defining resilience as faithful leaders.

Registration is now open for the November 18 Well-Being Respite. When you register, you'll find additional information about the event, including a detailed schedule.

Respite schedule

Scheduled topics and primary presenters for each respite are as follows. Registration for each respite will open a few weeks prior to the event. Check back for your opportunity to register for these unique online opportunities that support wholeness.


August 19

​Registration closedScott Dannemiller, author of A Year Without a PurchaseFinancial
September 16​Registration closedRev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana, author of Sabbath in the Suburbs: A Family's Experiment with Holy TimeSpiritual
October 21REGISTER NOWRev. Dr. Eric Chavis, CREDO facultyVocational
November 18​To be announcedRev. Larissa Kwong AbaziaEmotional/physical health


These events are offered at no cost to Benefits Plan members, including all active and retired plan members and their spouses, including surviving spouses.


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