"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.


Look at a bedside table and learn about someone.  So, let’s look at Judy Fackenthal’s bedside.  A stack of books resides there; at

least one fiction, one spirituality, usually something about self-examination, and a journal for taking daily note of gratitude and God’s presence (her Bible is on her iPad).  A pile of rocks from around the world, some marked with names to hold in prayer, others serving as reminders of beauty and grace in the world.  A candle for focus during contemplative prayer in the morning.  Small post-it notes with significant quotes for awareness of the Holy.  In other words, her beside table is her sacred place to encounter God.  The practices there prepare Judy for her day as wife, mother (and in-law), pastor, spiritual director, mentor, daughter, sister, ABCUSA past-president, and friend.   Judy and her husband, Fred, live in the heart of Indianapolis where she has been pastor of Garfield Park Baptist Church since 1999.  She received her Master of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary and has served American Baptists in many ways over the years.  Participating in Rhythms of the Spirit provides space for Judy’s soul to go deep with Christ while walking alongside others with the same desire.


Harry Riggs has been active in ministry for 35 years, faithfully serving three churches, located in Spindale, NC; Hamden, CT; and Lincoln, NE, and now back in CT where he serves as the Executive Minister of American Baptist Churches of Connecticut. As a deeply devoted follower of Jesus Christ, loving husband, and father, Dr. Riggs desires to leave a legacy in Christ that the next generation will be able to continue to build. Life Verse: And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6


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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