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Embracing Radical Acceptance: Learning a Relational Model of Faith

Participants will learn how to become more authentic and less performative in all areas of life. The retreat includes education, prayer, discussion, and reflection.

Using Jesus as a model of radical acceptance, participants will -

  • Explore how our learned performative behavior has limited our ability to love God, love our neighbors, and love ourselves.

  • Explore new ways of communicating with radical acceptance.

  • Explore how colonization and capitalism have shaped us to prioritize production, and how this has deformed our authenticity in relationships.

  • Explore how an assumed fear of punishment drives our behavior, and how radical acceptance can free us from this fear.

  • Explore how radical acceptance can liberate us from systems of oppression that limit our personal relationships.

  • Explore how practicing radical acceptance challenges traditional ideas of judgement, inviting us to a new understanding of ourselves and of the world.

  • Explore how radically accepting ourselves and others can free us to deepen our lives of faith.

Typical Embracing Radical Acceptance Retreat Agenda:

  • Day 1 - 

    • Welcome and Overview​

    • Introduction to Nurture, Play, Structure

    • Compline

  • Day 2 - ​

    • Morning Prayer​

    • What Is Radical Acceptance? 

    • Why Is Radical Acceptance Difficult? 

    • Noonday Prayer

    • Why Is Radical Acceptance Christian? 

    • How Do We Practice Radical Acceptance? 

    • Seeking Joy Together (Play Time)

    • Compline

  • Day 3 - ​

    • Morning Prayer​

    • Learning our Unique Interdependence

    • Eucharist 

    • Dismissal

Bringing together psychological and theological insights, The Rev. Phillip Bass, MDiv, ThM, MA, LCMHC, NCC (Trinitas Services) and The Rev. Dr. Helen Svoboda-Barber (Cardboard Dog Coaching) will introduce practices of radical acceptance.


The Embracing Radical Acceptance Retreat is great for clergy groups, vestry formation, and other church groups.  In learning to live out the command to love ourselves, participants are invited to live more authentically Christian lives, read scripture through a lens of joy, and encounter community with more open vulnerability.


We are currently selecting the location and dates for our next Trinitas Hosted Embracing Radical Acceptance Retreat.  If you are interested in hosting an Embracing Radical Acceptance Retreat at your site, please contact us. 

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