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Becoming the Change: Social Justice & the Mysticism that Nourishes It

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Special Guest: Lisa Fullam

When: August 5-10, 2018

Where: Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center, Lake Tahoe, NV

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Description: God calls everybody into closer relationship with God; God calls everybody to work for social justice. In this retreat, we’ll explore the interconnection of work for social justice with some of the great Christian mystics, in the contexts of four great liberatory movements: environmental justice, feminism, racial justice, and LGBTQ justice. In each, we’ll explore the insight of a Christian mystic, and then consider the contemporary challenge. The aim is personal: how are WE called into the transformation of the world and into the mysticism that sustains it?

Format: Each day includes lecture and dialogue with Dr. Lisa Fullam; 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: Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center, Lake Tahoe Everyone needs a quiet setting — a place to listen to God — again, or for the first time. Zephyr Point is one of those special places. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada, on a half-mile of Lake Tahoe shoreline, Zephyr Point is one of the most beautiful retreat centers in the world. Its Christian presence over the years witnesses that God, indeed, dwells among us. Since 1925 this Presbyterian Conference Center has provided rest, rejuvenation and recreation for thousands. 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
  • A $300 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration.
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Lisa Fullam is Associate Professor of Moral theology at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. A 1990 graduate of the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, she received her Th.D. in 2001 from Harvard Divinity School. Her research interests include the intersection of ethics and spirituality, and Ignatian spirituality. Her published works include: The Virtue of Humility: A Thomistic Apologetic and these articles: “Virtue Ethics in Spiritual Guidance,” “From Discord to Virtues: Reframing Sexual Ethics,” "Bioethics and Public Policy" (with William R. O’Neill, S.J.) “Humility, a Pilgrim’s Virtue,” “Why Ordination Matters: A Reflection from Jamaica,” and “Juana, S.J. The History (and Future?) of Women in the Society of Jesus.”

In 2008, she climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. The view from the top is just glorious! She is married to John Mabry and has been our speaker at previous Companions Retreats.