Rufus Jones Annual Retreat

The only way the new kind of world will eventually come will be through the persistence, the patience and the unyielding faith of those who will not surrender, nor compromise, nor mistake expediency for truth. We must have our Thermopylaes of peace and our-spiritual Bunker Hills, where a little band of heroic persons are ready to stand the opposing world and to show that in the end the right way becomes the way men and women live.

Rufus Jones

The annual Rufus Jones Leadership retreat brings members and friends together to reflect on the life of Jones and work to support the mission of the Rufus Jones Society. The retreat provides an opportunity for a sustained critical engagement with the thought and work of Rufus Jones and its relevance to today’s challenges and to discuss and shape the mission of the Rufus Jones Society.

The very first retreat was held in Pendle Hill in May, 2018. The retreat is open to all members of the Haverford Community. The next retreat is scheduled for May 30-31, 2019 in conjunction with Haverford’s Alumni Weekend. Follow this link to register for the retreat.

The agenda for this year’s Rufus Jones Retreat is as follows:

Thursday, 5/30

11:00 am — 1:00 pm
Arrival, Fellowship and Informal Lunch

1:00 pm — 5:00 pm
Spiritual Reflection & Practice
Introduction to Rufus Jones’ Life and Work
History of the Rufus Jones Society
Significance of Rufus Jones to Modern Leadership Challenges
Leadership in the tradition of Rufus Jones

5:00 pm — 8:00 pm
Dinner and Fellowship

Friday, 5/31

10:00 am — 12:00 pm
Reflections from Day 1
Building the Movement (Workshops and Breakout Sessions)
Next steps

12:00 pm — 2:00 pm
Lunch, Fellowship and Departure