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REVISITING NAUVOO: A Retreat for LGBT Mormons, Families & Friends
“To arrive where we started and know the place for the first time”
LGBT Mormons, their Families and Friends are invited to a spiritual/leadership retreat in historic Nauvoo, IL, during May 2-4, 2014 (stay may be extended Thursday May 1 to Monday May 5). This retreat is not just for LGBT people, but for all those who desire to serve in the LGBT Mormon community.
Nauvoo was a formative place for the church. As the last gathering place before the divisions that followed Joseph Smith’s death and the trek West, Nauvoo is key to understand our history.
The concept of returning to one’s place of origin is expressed in one of T.S. Elliot’s most famous poems:
The end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
In the same way as many LGBT Mormons are exploring their spirituality on their own terms -discovering a new place in the Church or outside of the Church, and perhaps finding new meaning and interpretations to things they once believed they knew- returning to Nauvoo will be an opportunity to beginning to understand all the diversity in the Restoration that traces its origins back to things that happened in Nauvoo.
Registration & Lodging
Lodging in the historic Nauvoo House will be cost $15 per person per night. The registration cost for the retreat, which will include all meals, is only $55 per person.
For this event we have reserved the Nauvoo House, owned and operated by the Community of Christ. Located in the center of Historic Nauvoo and mere yards away from the Mississippi River, this is the home where Emma Smith lived till her death in 1879. The upstairs bedrooms and attic of this old house have been converted into simple, dorm-style rooms. Downstairs, we will cook in Emma’s kitchen and share meals in her parlor.
Note: For those wishing to have more privacy, we are holding a block of rooms at the Nauvoo Family Inn, with rooms with 2 queen beds at $81 per night. Please call the Inn directly to make reservations.
Those flying to this event will carpool from St. Louis International Airport to make the 3-hour drive to Nauvoo. Attendees will have to share the cost of renting cars. More details will be announced later on. There will be some flexibility for those wishing to fly in on Thursday or to return on Monday.
Nauvoo is 4½ hours from Chicago and 6 hours from Minneapolis.
For answers to questions, please contact John Gustav-Wrathall at firstname.lastname@example.org