Pacifica Synod

Tending the Longing: Discernment of Call

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 3:00 PM

to Friday, October 26, 2018, 6:00 PM
The registration period has closed for this event.


Registration open through 10/17/2018 6:00 PM

Space is limited - register early!



Thursday, October 25 (following Theoasis) to Friday, October 26

Program Times - 3:00 p.m. Thursday to 6:00 p.m. Friday

This retreat is designed to be a safe and guided space for discernment and vocation. Wherever you are in your ministry discernment (i.e. candidacy, exploring a new call within your context, exploring a change in call, retirement, struggling with burnout, considering a sabbatical), this retreat is a time set aside to ask honest, open questions and explore where God might be leading you next. There will be cohort break-out groups for mutual conversation.


St. John's Lutheran Church
42695 Washington Street
Palm Desert 92211


$85 per person

Includes Thursday dinner and Friday lunch.

*A special note to candidates of the Southwest California Synod - please contact Pastor Reg Schultz-Akerson ( for details about scholarships available.


Our leader for this event will be Rev. Elizabeth Rechter, the executive director for Stillpoint: The Center for Christian Spirituality. Stillpoint is a Pasadena-based organization that has aided seekers in their journey of spiritual discovery and transformation for over thirty years, training individuals in the Art of Spiritual Direction.


Participants are responsible to reserve their own lodging, at a location of their choosing. The Embassy Suites, Palm Desert (74-700 Hwy 111, Palm Desert) is offering a discounted rate of $114, plus taxes, on Thursday night. This rate is available until September 20 or when the room block is filled. Use this link to reserve a room at this rate.


Registration Questions? Contact Terri Robertson at


Retreat Questions? Contact Pr. Reg Schutz-Akerson (Southwest California Synod) at or Pr. Terry Tuvey Allen (Pacifica Synod) at








St. John's Lutheran Church

42695 Washington Street

Palm Desert, CA 92211

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About Us
This retreat is a joint partnership between Southwest California Synod, ELCA and Pacifica Synod, ELCA

Pacifica Synod

1801-C Park Court Place

Santa Ana, CA 92701


Southwest California Synod

1300 E. Colorado Street

Glendale, CA 91205