"... Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and
spent the night praying to God" - Luke 6:12
PROGRAM AREAS: OVERVIEW, RECENT & UPCOMING EVENTS
Ezekiel's Place includes 3 program areas. While they are at early stages of development, initial activities have been held since late 2001, in the spirit of "learning-by-doing". Based on further events and responses from participants and interested stakeholders, the focus, content, and inter-relationship of these program areas will become clearer.
Retreats: Ezekiel's Place is a quiet place for small group retreats for local and regional church communities, and provides space for day gatherings for worship, silence/reflection, renewal and re-creation.
Over the past 1 year, various church groups from the Washington D.C. area have used the existing facilities for their retreats, and have provided excellent feedback on EP's retreat environment, arrangements and facilities.
Inner-City Family Ministry: Ezekiel's Place will be used as a refuge for healing for families from inner city areas, who will be invited (through "partner" organizations) to spend up to one week. Listening and supportive friends will be available (in the planning stages). Beginning music, art and writing lessons will be offered some months. A carpentry shop and re-creation activities (on premise and nearby, including environmental education) also will be offered, and/or families may use the time simply to be together. Bible study and worship times will be available and encouraged.
Initially activities are beginning for families residing in the Martinsburg area. Plans are underway to link with several inner city ministries.
Global Forums: Ezekiel's Place is a center where forums and workshops are being held for serious discussion of and crystallizing appropriate responses/actions on global issues --- poverty, integrity/ethics/corruption, human rights abuses, hunger, health, racial, religious and ethnic conflicts. Leaders/speakers/resource persons and participants are coming from various parts of the US and other countries, and form part of a network currently being established. Global forums will also be targeted for foreign students enrolled in colleges/universities in the Washington D.C., West Virginia and Virginia areas. Participants will be encouraged to grapple with an issue on a personal level, and become connected (if not already) in an identified role with an organization dedicated to addressing that issue in selected countries.
The first global forum ("Biblical Perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Is there Hope?") was held on May 29, 2002, and follow-up activities are being planned on this vital subject. Plans are actively underway to formulate a module and to convene a series of forums on "Perspectives on Integrity in the Workplace: Framework for Closing the Gap between Stated and Actual Practices".
Front page news article on town hall forum held on Nov. 29, 2002, convened by EP retreat center; the reference to the "small crowd" reflects the thanksgiving holiday and general sentiments/mood of much of the American population toward peacebuilding in the Middleast (Note: The article contains a misquote which was corrected by the Journal Paper (on 12/3/02), as follows: "In the Palestinian camps we only see Israeli police and soldiers equipped with American-made weapons.")
Summary Points from the Integrity Forum/workshop held at EP on November 1, 2002
Summary Framework on Forum on Sustainable Living: Bridging our Faith and Lifestyle Choices (see attachment)
GJV Experience Concept Note
GJV Agenda (April 7-9)
(Sunday, January 30, 2005 from 3 to 5 p.m.)
Comfort in Suffering: How to Comfort People God's Way
Jan. 14 and 15, 2005
Led by Jennifer Foster (author and retreat leader), at Ezekiel's Place
(see attached flyer for retreat agenda/registration information)
+ Dec. 3, 2004 (in Martinsburg, WV, with State Senator Unger) (see Attachment)
+ 2004 Summer Camp Summary of Proposed Activities