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Finding God in the Questions

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Special Guest: The Rev. Dr. Judy Siker

When: February 24 - March 1, 2019

Where: Serra Retreat Center, Malibu, Califonia

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Description — Today we seldom have to live more than a few moments with unanswered questions. We all simply "Google it."  In this fast-paced, technologically advanced world of ours, we have lost the ability to live in the questions. But as the poet Rilke once wrote, it is important sometimes to "try to love the questions" and to "live the questions now."

What are your questions? How can you find God in the questions of your hearts? What are God's questions? What can they teach us about ourselves?

Join us on retreat as we work together to live in, wrestle with, and raise questions. Join us as together we seek "God in the questions."

Format — Each day includes lecture and dialogue with Dr. Judy Siker; small group community around spiritual reading; corporate and individual times of silence and contemplation; worship with Eucharist; and communing with God through movement, art, and nature.

Retreat Location — Serra Retreat Center
The Serra Retreat Center, located in Malibu, Calilfornia is a community of Spanish Mission-style buildings that have been the home to the Franciscan Friars of California for over a half a century and include dazzling 360-degree views of the eastern mountains, canyons and the Pacific Ocean.  Visit for more information.


  • $790 per person, shared accommodation
  • $990 per person, single accommodation, pending availability
  • Work scholarships ($200) are available on a first-come basis, shared accommodation only
  • Diversity (PoC) scholarships ($490) are available 
  • A $300 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration
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Judy Yates Siker, Ph.D. was most recently visiting professor of New Testament & Christian Origins at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Prior to this, Dr. Siker was at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, serving as Vice President and Professor of New Testament at San Francisco Theological Seminary and Dean and Associate Professor of New Testament at the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, CA.

Dr. Siker has also taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Meredith College, in Raleigh, North Carolina; and the Loyola Chicago Rome Center, Rome, Italy. Her teaching includes classes in the field of New Testament and Christian Origins and in biblical languages. Her current research interests are in the areas of “anti-Semitism” in the New Testament (with a special focus on identity theory and first-century Jewish/Christian relations), the history of interpretation of the Gospel of Matthew, and rethinking women’s stories in the New Testament.