Men's Retreat with Chaz Howard

Fri evening and Saturday Nov 13-14

chazThe Rev. Charles L. Howard, PhD is the University Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania, his alma mater.  Prior to his return to Penn, he served as a chaplain in hospice and hospital and as a street outreach worker to individuals experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. His writing has been featured in such publications as Black Arts QuarterlyBlack Theology: An International JournalDaily GoodUrban CuspSojourners MagazineChristianity Today’s Leadership JournalChronicle of Higher EducationThe Huffington Post, and Slate.  He is the editor of The Souls of Poor Folk, which explored new ways of considering homelessness and poverty, The Awe and The Awful, a poetry collection and Lenten Devotional, Black Theology as Mass Movement, a call to theologians to expand the reach of their theological work, and Pond River Ocean Rain, a small book about going deeper with a big God. Chaz has taught in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Graduate School of Education at Penn, as well as at The Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia.  He shares life with his beloved wife, Dr. Lia C. Howard and their three daughters.  He sees his vocational calling to be to work for a communal increase in joy, peace, justice and love.

Chaz will be leading our discussion around “Crossing Borders,” using the Old Testament story of Joseph to explore topics of betrayal, food insecurity, forgiveness, reconciliation & caring for others.  We will NOT be going to Black Rock Retreat Center this year as originally planned and will instead have the retreat at the church.  Stay tuned for details.