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BERKELEY, Calif., July 31, 2012 –The first Episcopal retreat in Poland will take place on Aug.31-Sept. 2 in Poznan.
The retreat is the continuation of the project “Bringing the Episcopal Church to Poland,” which was designed by Dr. Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski of Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), working with Polish Christians and the Episcopal Church in Europe. This resulted in the first known Eucharist according to the Anglican rite in Krakow, Poland and the first steps toward the establishment of an Episcopal congregation in Poland.
Joslyn-Siemiatkoski led a daylong workshop in Krakow on March 31.
“At the retreat we want to ‘listen what the Spirit is saying to the church’ (Apocalypse 2:7), the church that we all form, regardless of our institutional membership,” said the retreat organizers, Jarek Kubacki and Lukasz Liniewicz, who write and edit a bilingual Polish/English blog, “Don’t Shoot the Prophet” that promotes the teachings of the Episcopal Church for a Polish audience.
At the retreat, participants will pray together the Daily Office from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer and hold conversations inspired by the lessons for those days. There also will be time for personal reflection in silence and individual conversations. A Sunday Eucharist, celebrated in Polish in the Episcopal rite will crown the event. Following that will be discussions of the future of the Episcopal presence in Poland.
The retreat will take place in the Navigare Hotel Centre (a former scout sailing center), 10/11 Wilkow Morskich St. on the shore of the Kierskie Lake, Aug. 31-Sept.2.
The retreat was made possible by the contributions of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, Evangelical Education Society of the Episcopal Church, Kritische Gemeente IJmond and Celtic Cross Mission Society.