Women's Retreat 2019

Outlaw Christian: Finding Authentic Faith by Breaking the “Rules”

Outlaw Christianity: (noun)

1. a new, life-giving faith for those who ache for a more authentic relationship with God and other people no longer having to hide their doubt, anger, grief, scars, or questions

2. an honest, outside-the-law faith for those seeking a hope that really speaks to the world’s hurt

Outlaw Christian: Finding Authentic Faith by Breaking the “Rules” by Jacqueline A. Bussie

The Book

The title of this year’s retreat comes from Jacqueline A. Bussie’s book. In this book, Bussie challenges the reader to break away from the rules we’ve grown up with in the Church and use that freedom to find a more personal, authentic, deeper faith.

It is in that spirit that we will be taking a look at some of the “rules” that we, as a congregation, follow and dare to ask, “what if we did something else?” This retreat will not directly follow the book. However, it is recommended that you read the book on general principles. It’s really good!


“I served as a parish pastor for twenty-five years. Walking with my people in times of crisis and deep pain I came to realize that some of their deepest struggles were not about loss nor about making sense out of what happened, but finding space within themselves and within their faith communities to speak honestly and openly about their doubt and anger toward God. Now Jacqueline Bussie, a theologian of the church, shares her experience and gives voice to all who have been caught in the belief that doubt is faithlessness and anger toward God is blasphemy. Quite the opposite, Dr. Bussie argues, doubt and anger are real expressions of a living faith. Outlaw Christian might break the rules, but it opens up the possibility of deeper faith.”

– Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Outlaw Christian: Finding Authentic Faith by Breaking the “Rules”, Praise for Outlaw Christian

This year’s retreat will be April 5-7 at the beautiful Watson Homestead.

More details will be posted as we get closer to the retreat!