Clergy Retreat 2018, Bishop's Ranch, Healdsburg

Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 4:00 pm to Friday, September 21, 2018, 1:30 pm


Ancient Wisdom + Modern Innovation

Renewing Vocational Vision for the World’s Healing

with Jay E. Johnson and Mahsea Evans

The Ignite Institute at Pacific School of Religion

What do religious institutions of spiritual practice offer in richly diverse communities facing complex challenges? Why do vocations to ordained ministry matter in a world of profound insecurity and deep fragmentation? How can we diagnose the world’s pain more effectively in our own particular contexts and offer healing pathways toward flourishing?

These broad questions frame a set of interactive exercises to recall who we are in our vocation to ministry and discern where we are now in the contexts we seek to serve. This will provide an occasion to renew a sense of shared Gospel mission for a rapidly changing world. We’ll tap insights from ancient wisdom in our biblical and theological traditions with tools drawn and adapted from improvisational theater, design thinking, and entrepreneurial innovation. 

Register here for Clergy Retreat

Retreat Leaders:

Mahsea Evans

Mahsea Evans is an educator, artist, and ordained minister who has dynamically engaged the topics of religious pluralism, leadership development, and social change through writings, lectures, performances, and workshops. He specializes in helping individuals identify both skills and obstacles in their personal and communal histories for the sake of enhancing their effectiveness as leaders.

Mahsea presently works as an Assistant Pastor at St. Marks United Methodist Church in Sacramento with a focus on youth services, community outreach, and interfaith initiatives. He is also a program developer, consultant, and instructor for Ignite Institute based in Berkeley, CA.

Mahsea received both his Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies from Pacific School of Religion where he serves as adjunct faculty. He is also a doctoral student at Claremont School of Theology. This former Changemaker Fellow combines his passion for community organizing, innovative education, creative arts, and justice work in service to causes of social transformation. Originally from Hartford, CT, Mahsea resides in Sacramento, CA with his wife, Dr. Kawami Evans, and daughter, Niara (11).

Jay Emerson Johnson 

Jay Johnson is an Episcopal priest and has served congregations in the Midwest and the San Francisco Bay Area. He is currently a faculty member at Pacific School of Religion and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He came to PSR as a staff member at the school’s Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) in 2003 and began teaching courses for the school’s Certificate of Sexuality and Religion program. He coordinates the Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change (CSSC) and the new Master of Arts degree in Social Transformation (MAST) at PSR. He also serves as associate clergy at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Berkeley.

Jay is the author most recently of Divine Communion: A Eucharistic Theology of Sexual Intimacy (2013) and Peculiar Faith: Queer Theology for Christian Witness (2014). In his writing and teaching, he seeks to retrieve ancient theological insights with contemporary tools for a world where all creatures can thrive and flourish (including his Australian shepherd dog Judah).


Things to think about as you prepare for Clergy Retreat 2018

Some materials to help guide and orient you to the Bishop’s Ranch:

The retreat dress code is casual and comfortable, and we encourage you to bring swimming or other sports gear if you’d like to play outdoors during free time on Thursday afternoon.

Registration opens at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, and will be located at the Graupner Room attached to Webb Lodge.


Basic Schedule:


4:00 – 7:30—Registration, Social time, Dinner

7:30 – 9:00—Keynote and Evensong


9:00 – 12:30—Keynotes followed by lunch

1:30 – 5:00—Free time, staff appointments*

6:30 – 9:00—Dinner followed by Eucharist


9:00 – 12:30—Bishop’s time, a presentation on the new School for Deacons, followed by lunch and retreat close

*Several members of the diocesan staff will be on hand on Thursday afternoon for individual meetings or group discussions. If you have a specific question, please contact staff beforehand with a topic or question. Or feel free to sign up for a meeting once you arrive at clergy retreat.

The Rev. Cn. Abbott Bailey, congregational development,

The Rev. Eric Metoyer, congregational development, multi-cultural ministries,

Amy Cook, adult faith formation,

Caren Miles, children and youth faith formation,

Stephanie Martin Taylor, communication strategies,      

Dani Scoville, communications, social media, web (re)design,

Davey Gerhard, development, stewardship, fundraising,

Denise Obando, OTM portfolio, resume, job search,


Bishop's Ranch
5297 Westside Road
Healdsburg, CA 96448