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Women's Retreat with Dr. Lauren Winner

part of the Lake Junaluska Signature Series

Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God

September 17-19, 2015  

Women of all ages are invited to join Dr. Lauren Winner this fall in the beautiful North Carolina mountains for renewal of soul, mind, and body.  Dr. Winner, a professor at Duke Divinity School and acclaimed author of Girl Meets God and Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis, will lead the discussion pulling on themes from her latest book, Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God.

The retreat will be filled with a combination of fellowship, learning, and Sabbath rest in our NEWLY renovated Terrace. Gathering together for meals is an important part of the retreat experience, so lunch and dinner are included for those not staying in Lake Junaluska housing. 

Package Rates: 

$337/person Single Occupancy (Includes 2 nights lodging, dinner on Thursday through breakfast on Saturday, and program fee.)

$273/person Double Occupancy (Includes 2 nights lodging, dinner on Thursday through breakfast on Saturday, and program fee.)

$140/person Commuter Rate (Includes program fee and dinner on Thursday and lunch and dinner on Friday.)

Childcare available with advanced registration. Childcare rate: $75/child for the event. Download Childcare Registration Form or contact Jennifer Martin for details. Children under the age of 11 are not charged for rooms when staying with a parent or grandparent.  Meals are $29 for the weekend for ages 5-11.  Children under 5 years of age eat free.  

Lauren Winner

Lauren F. Winner is the author of numerous books, including Girl Meets God and Mudhouse Sabbath. Her recent memoir Still: Notes on a Mid-faith Crisis has been named a “Best Book of 2012″ in the religion category by Publishers Weekly and a 2013 Book Award winner in the spirituality category by Christianity Today. Her book on overlooked biblical images of God, Wearing God, will be published by HarperOne in the spring of 2015. She has appeared on PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today. Winner has degrees from Duke, Columbia, and Cambridge universities, and holds a Ph.D. in history. The former book editor for Beliefnet, Lauren teaches at Duke Divinity School, and lives in Durham, North Carolina. Lauren travels extensively to lecture and teach. During the academic year of 2007-2008, she was a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, and during the academic year of 2010-2011, she was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. When she’s home, you can usually find her curled up, on her couch or screen porch, with a good novel. 

Program Questions:

Jennifer Martin, jmartin@lakejunaluska.com, 828.454.6716

To Register:

Anna King, registrar@lakejunaluska.com, 828.454.6682; Download Registration Form.

There are hundreds of metaphors for God, but the church only uses a few familiar images: creator, judge, savior, father. In Wearing God, Lauren Winner gathers a number of lesser-known tropes, reflecting on how they work biblically and culturally, and reveals how they can deepen our spiritual lives.

Exploring the notion of God as clothing, Winner reflects on how we are “clothed with Christ” or how “God fits us like a garment.” She then analyzes how clothing functions culturally to shape our ideals and identify our community, and ruminates on how this new metaphor can function to create new possibilities for our lives. For each biblical metaphor—God as the vine/vintner who animates life; the lactation consultant; and the comedian, showing us our follies, for example—Winner surveys the historical, literary, and cultural landscapes in order to revive and heal our souls.