"When there is a crisis in the church it is always here: a crisis in contemplation."

-- Carlo Carretto

Leaders for this retreat-style conference will journey with you through the week, providing one-on-one spiritual direction as requested, offering contemplative morning and evening prayer
and guiding relaxed table discussions over lunch.

Camp Wightman, near Hartford, CT: October 29 - November 2, 2018
Leadership Team: Betty Wright Riggins, Lee Spitzer, Judy Fackenthal and Brad Berglund
Hosted by Rev. Dr. Harry Riggs, Executive Minister, ABC of Connecticut

Rev. Betty Wright Riggins is a graduate of Oasis Ministry for Contemplative Spiritual Direction and has a certification from the Green Lake Coaching Center. Rev. Wright Riggins is ordained in the American Baptist Churches USA and teaches as an adjunct professor at Palmer Theological Seminary where her courses focus on spiritual direction and formation, the practice and theology of prayer and dealing with grief and loss.  Betty has been married for over thirty years to the Rev. Dr. Aidsand F. Wright Riggins. When she is not leading a retreat, speaking at a conference or teaching, Betty is happily raising their beloved granddaughter Nyla Jean Stokes.


Reverend Dr. Lee B. Spitzer serves as General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA. Lee is the author of Making Friends, Making Disciples (2010), in which he explores the pivotal role friendship plays in support of the church’s mission to make disciples and evangelize. Dr. Spitzer’s newest Judson Press book, Baptists, Jews, and the Holocaust: The Hand of Sincere Friendship, was released in October 2017. Dr. Spitzer's desire as General Secretary is “to lead ABCUSA into a future of spiritual renewal, creative service, and church growth, in joyful cooperation with all partners of the American Baptist Family.” His efforts as General Secretary are focused on strengthening connections with ABC regions, affirming and enhancing our diversity, reaching out to the next generation of leaders, growing trust and collaboration, strengthening our American Baptist identity and providing administrative leadership in areas of stewardship, funding, and fiduciary concerns.




A classical guitarist, an ordained American Baptist minister, and an adjunct seminary professor, Brad Berglund works ecumenically leading retreats and pilgrimage experiences around the world. The author of two best-selling books on the topic of worship renewal, Reinventing Sunday and Reinventing Worship, Brad is an internationally recognized worship designer and leader. When he is at home in Denver, Brad can be found leading an ecumenical contemplative worship experience called “The Threshold.” Visit Brad at: www.illuminatedjourneys.com and www.thethreshold.us


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