A Wizard’s Retreat:
Winter Youth Retreat
with Shalome MacNeill Cooper
Harry Potter has been one of the bestselling books of our time. This simple yet complex story has touched the hearts of many over the past decades because of its portrayal of love, friendship and loyalty in contrast to injustice, prejudice and racism. Underlying the story of Harry Potter are threads of the Gospel woven together into a tapestry of a magical world not so different from our own.
This program will explore the Harry Potter series to theologically reflect on various characters in the books and foster a deeper discussion on issues of racism/prejudice and social justice. We will explore Hogwarts Houses, Muggles, Witches and Wizards and Squibs, House Elves and of course Grindelwald and Voldemort. From there, we take headline news, the Bible and Harry Potter to see how we can develop our theological imagination and spiritual activism.
Winter Retreat is being organized by a partnership of the British Columbia and Yukon Anglican Youth Movement website » and the Diocesan Youth Movement in the Diocese of New Westminster website », alongside Sorrento Centre.
SHALOME MacNEILL COOPER is from Atlantic Canada and has been a student minister with The United Church of Canada and is a Probationer for the Methodist Church. Shalome has spent the last three years working for the Iona Community on Iona, Scotland.
She has been described as an engaging speaker who is funny, witty and has a deep understanding of the human condition. In her spare time, Shalome enjoys writing liturgy and prayers that reflect everyday life. She lives in Great Britain with her husband.
- Course Fee: $150. Includes programming, meals (Friday dinner through Monday breakfast) and shared accommodation.
- Register online at: https://dymwinterretreat.wordpress.com/
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