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I look forward to speaking at the HOLY SPIRIT SYMPOSIUM.  Friday, February 8, 2019 • 9:00 a.m.- Sunday, February 10, 2019 • 2:00 p.m.

If you have not yet registered, there is still time. Please visit the site here.


Holy Spirit Retreat Center is excited to announce that we will be hosting a three-day symposium on the Holy Spirit on our grounds in Encino. The event itself is interactive. We have three major speakers who will be sharing their thoughts. Those present will then be asked to respond to those speakers in small groups. In addition, there will be time for Centering Prayer, engaging in Qi Gong exercise, watching the film The Shack.Exhibitors will be present as appropriate to this theme. The intent and hope for this symposium is to offer fresh and creative thinking about the identity of the Spirit of God and how the Spirit moves and works in our lives. The main speakers will present creative ways of perceiving the Spirit and share diverse perspectives based on their lives, including Jewish approaches to the Spirit of God, the vast African understandings of the Spirit, and the Asian perspective of Holy Spirit present in the Chi and the Other.

Our Main Speakers

Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels, D.D.is the spiritual leader of Beth Shir Shalom, a progressive Reform synagogue in Santa Monica. He received his rabbinic ordination and his Doctor of Divinity from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He is active in many organizations, including “Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice” (CLUE), and uses his musical background to weave together music, words and translations to create pioneering spiritual celebrations.

Rev. Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Ph.D. is an associate professor of theology at Earlham School of Religion, Indiana. Rev. Kim received her M.Div. from Knox College (University of Toronto) and her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. She is the author of sixteen books, including The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other: A Model of Global and Intercultural Pneumatology; The Grace of Sophia; and Embracing the Other: The Transformative Spirit of Love.

Rev. Dr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, S.J. Ph.D.is the President of the Conference of Major Superiors of Africa and Madagascar (JESAM) and is the Principal of Hekima College in Nairobi, Kenya. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Leeds in 2007. He has authored and edited several books including Theology Brewed in an African Pot; The Church We Want: African Catholics Look to Vatican III; and Religion and Faith in Africa: Confessions of an Animist.

Timing: The Symposium will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning and end on Sunday afternoon with a closing ritual at 2:00 p.m. Upon receipt of registration, a schedule will be sent to each participant.

Overnight Guest: $300.00 per person, includes all meals, double occupancy*

Commuter Fee: $175.00 per person, includes all meals

A $60.00 non-refundable deposit is due with registration by February 1st, 2019

*Please Note: Holy Spirit Retreat Center has limited overnight space available. In order to accommodate more people for this special event, all rooms are double occupancy. Please indicate whom you will room with above. If you do not indicate a preference, you will be paired with a roommate of the same sex in an available room. A list of local hotels can be provided upon request for those who require a single room.

For questions regarding the Holy Spirit Symposium, please click on Inquiry button, or contact Sr Deborah Lorentz at (818) 815-4496, or e-mail us: holyspiritsymposium@gmail.com


For my talks, I will be drawing on my books, Embracing the Other, The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to the Holy Sprit and Holy Sprit, Chi and the Other.  My books will be available for purchase at the Symposium.