The Heart of Our Faith:
Healing Ourselves and the World

Rev. Dr. Thandeka

The Rev. Thandeka

The UU Rhein-Main Fellowship is hosting the fall retreat in the lovely Bad Homburg, Germany, easily reachable from Frankfurt. It will be a weekend filled with fellowship with old friends and new. The weekend will provide spiritual and intellectual sustenance with talks by Rev. Thandeka, worship services and workshops. There will also be laid back fun with music evenings, city walks, fire pit gatherings (weather permitting of course!) and meal times.

UUs and those aligned with our values will come from all over Europe and beyond to join in the weekend festivities. The weekend offers something for everyone: dinner and in-gathering on Friday, Saturday theme talk with Rev. Thandeka, workshops, a fun filled Saturday evening, a moving Sunday service, and the final lunch and poignant goodbyes. Please join us November 15–17.

 

Registration begins September 1

September 1–15 Early Bird Rregistration

September 15–October 15 Standard Registration

October 15–November 1 Waiting List

THEME – Rev. Thandeka will guide us through understanding how in today’s climate UU has gotten off track, how we have lost the heart of our faith. Thandeka’s interactive session on Saturday will teach us what we can do to get it back, how to use our UU principles to heal ourselves and the world. We will learn how to “Love Beyond Belief.”

SPEAKER – Reverend Thandeka is a respected scholar, theologian, minister and author. Check out her book “Love Beyond Belief: Finding the Access Point to Spiritual Awareness,” where she discusses her profound personal spiritual discoveries about love beyond religiosity and the history of how liberal religion got to where it is.

Rev. Thandeka was given her Xhosa name by Archbishop by Desmond Tutu in 1984 and has since adopted it legally. It means “beloved.” She is an ordained UU minister and congregation consultant; she received her Ph.D. in philosophy of religion and theology from Claremont Graduate University. Peruse her website (revthankdeka.org) for more information about Rev. Thandeka, her writings and her views.

Extra Sunday Workshop – Rev. Thandeka is an impassioned liturgy expert and will hold an additional workshop Sunday afternoon, after lunch. Drawing on insights from personal experience, participants will develop a deeper sense of who we are as UUs and gain an expanded sense of what we can do. The goal of this liturgy workshop is to help fellowships improve their Sunday services by:

  • Strengthening links between music and the spoken word
  • Attending to the artful use of silence in services
  • Creating strategies that uplift the mind and the heart so that each service is the community’s UU faith in motion.

There will be a 25 euro cost to attend.

*Note: The EUU CC meeting will be held simultaneously with this extra workshop, from 13:00-18:00 on Sunday afternoon.

RE (Religious Education)

There will be a theme-related RE program for children and teens. Babysitters will be provided if needed, so make sure you request it when registering.

LOCATION – DJH Youth Hostel Bad Homburg.

The retreat will be held at the youth hostel in Bad Homburg. Located in the heart of the old town, guests will have easy access to the castle, cathedral and pedestrian area. There is a beautiful garden area with a fire pit that will be great for hanging out between activities. Check out the hostel here:

They are part of the Jugendherberge hosteling group where many of our German retreats have been held over the years.

Accessibility notice: The Bad Homburg hostel does not have an elevator/lift. There are only a few rooms available on the ground floor that have stair-free access to the main meeting room and some of the workshop rooms. These rooms are also wheelchair accessible. When registering please fill out if you need one of these rooms, they are being reserved for those with a need. We will also do our best to locate workshops according to the needs of our attendees. Unfortunately all rooms for religious education (children and teens) will require stairs. The retreat committee sincerely regrets this situation.

BAD HOMBURG

Bad Homburg is a famous spa and casino town in the state of Hessen in Germany. The city offers spa facilities, a Grand Baroque palace with a medieval tower, and shopping. Saalburg, a reconstructed Roman fort, is nearby. The town’s architecture and park are a perfect setting for an uplifting UU experience.

TRAVEL

Retreat check-in is at 15:00 on Friday November 15th, and the retreat ends after lunch on Sunday the 17th.

Train – direct trains from Frankfurt Main go several times a day. Check the RMV.de site for schedules. Parking is limited, so the train is recommended.

Plane – Frankfurt Main International Airport is the closest airport to Bad Homburg. You can then take the train from Frankfurt train station.

Car– straight up the autobahn from Frankfurt, but parking is limited; please consider other options.

Contact: retreatcommittee@europeanuu.org