Our lives are filled with doorways, or opportunities, and each one offers us a different path. We can decide to cross each threshold or not. These doorways can open us to the movement of the Holy in our lives. How do we decide what to do: Go through the doorway? Close the door? Turn away from the door? Join us for a weekend of reflection and conversation about listening for and responding to God’s presence in our lives.
Holy gates are everywhere… Culture and organized religion conspire to trick us into believing that entrances to holiness are only at predictable times and prearranged places… Entrances to holiness are everywhere and all the time. [Rabbi Lawrence Kushner]
Friday evening June 2 – Sunday morning June 4, 2017
John Wesley Ranch in Divide, Colorado
Retreat Leader: Rev. Dr. Edgard Francisco Danielsen-Morales
$120 per person (scholarships available upon request)
The annual church retreat is an opportunity to slow down and enjoy a weekend in the mountains. There will be facilitated sessions and worship, as well free time to relax, nap, hike, go fishing, walk the labyrinth, or join a pick-up game of football. Meals are included. Semi-private rooms (with two beds) are avaliable for an additional fee on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Fill out and turn in your retreat registration form today!
The Rev. Dr. Edgard Francisco Danielsen-Morales is the Assistant Pastor for Congregational Life at Metropolitan Community Church of New York. In this position his responsibilities
cover a wide range of activities: from religious education to life development programs; from spiritual direction to preaching; from Bible queer reading and interpretation to lay leadership training, theological writing, as well as the usual responsibilities of pastors.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Edgard Francisco’s spiritual journey began in the American Baptist and Disciples of Christ (Charismatic) traditions. Because of his sexual orientation, his church stripped him of his lay ministry, and any future possibility of entering the ordination process.
On his vocational journey, Edgard Francisco has been blessed with a wide array of
experiences in leadership positions. In the academic world, he held a tenured position as Full Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico for 16 years, as well as 6 years as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.
In religious settings, he has served as pastor in two different MCCs, and previous to that had 4 years of work with the National Ecumenical Movement of Puerto Rico, and 3 years with Reencuentro, the first theological reflection group for and by GLBTQ people in Puerto Rico. The experience with these religious organizations opened his eyes to the ecumenical and interfaith world, its challenges and promise.
In 1996 Edgard found his spiritual home in Metropolitan Community Churches where he reclaimed his call to the pastoral ministry. He was ordained in 2002 and began his pastoral work at ICM Cristo Sanador in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After being called by MCC NY on 2004, he left behind his home church, and his position as a tenured Professor at the University of Puerto Rico, and moved to New York City where he currently lives.