Adelynrood is a retreat and conference center owned and operated by The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross. We offer women and men an opportunity to visit and to discover new resources for spiritual development through conferences and workshops, as well as individual or group retreats.

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“Love is The Most Powerful Force for Change in the World”

August 3–5 (Friday dinner–Sunday lunch)

According to author Becca Stevens, her life’s work as a priest and as founder of Thistle Farms (a community of women healing from prostitution, trafficking, and addiction) has been to learn how Love Heals (published 2017). She says “I have learned the lines that divide us are so small and what we hold in common is so much more powerful. Community holds the key to healing. In today’s world we are all busy with the tasks of our everyday lives and leave little room for community engagement and transformation. But this is where we need to focus for healing, for ourselves, and our world. Let us get busy surrendering to our faith; let us get busy loving one another, and serving each other, and forgiving each other, and learning how to walk in faith.” At this retreat you will hear stories of hope from survivors and learn how you can incorporate daily practices of healing into your own life.

The Rev. Becca Stevens is an author, speaker, priest, social entrepreneur, founder and president of Thistle Farms. She has been featured in the New York Times, on ABC World News and NPR, was recently named a 2016 CNN Hero and a White House “Champion of Change.” She was featured in the PBS documentary, “A Path Appears,” and named Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America. Becca's latest book Love Heals is about creating healing spaces. Becca lives in Nashville with her husband, Grammy-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon, and their three sons.

Program fee $130; room and board $230. Total cost $360

Program check-in: 4:00–6:00 pm Friday

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The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross is a community of women, Christ's disciples, called by God to a life of prayer, transformation and reconciliation within ourselves, within our Companionship, within our faith communities, and within the whole creation.

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August 3-5

“Love is The Most Powerful Force for Change in the World"
The Rev. Becca Stevens

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Adelynrood School for Spiritual Direction
August 6-10, 2018

Registrations are being accepted for the Aug. 2018 and both 2019 sessions.
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The Companions

The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross denounces hatred, bigotry, and violence. We as Companions of the Holy Cross are reminded of our vows that include:

  • To pray and work for social justice and peace, for the unity of all God’s people, and for the mission of God in the world
  • To practice peacemaking and non-violence, acknowledging responsibility for the environment and for economic justice throughout the world.

Please join us in praying:

Almighty God, who created us in your own image, grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your Holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer p. 260, Collect 21 for Social Justice and printed in the 2006 Manual of the Society of the Companions of Holy Cross p. 102)

As followers of the cross, we cannot resist evil by remaining silent.

The above was adopted by the SCHC Assembly on September 11, 2017

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