My Relationship to Religion?… It’s Complicated

My Relationship to Religion?… It’s Complicated

NOTE: This program was moved to Saturday, September 22.

Like any relationship, our relationship to our religious heritage is a mix of grace and challenge.  As we mature we sort out how our religion will continue to live in us.  Some of us remain within the bounds of the institution even as we hold questions and tensions; some of us leave our home tradition to forge a new path.

Wherever you are on your religions and spiritual journey, Peace Tree offers you resources to find a path that holds integrity for you.  One upcoming opportunity is the first a series of healing workshops with John Blair.  This morning workshop will help you to begin to identify and heal the emotional and spiritual wounds that arise from our relationship with institutional religion.  Find more information and a registration link below.

The Spirit Led Life: Healing our Wounds for Institutional Religion

Saturday, August 25
9:00 a.m.-noon



This is the first in a series of healing retreats led by John Blair.  John honors the wisdom of Christianity and Buddhism.  Drawing from his experience as a Counselor, Priest, and Artist, he weaves these strands of tradition together to support inner healing and freedom.


This workshop will focus around identifying, acknowledging, and admitting that many of us have been hurt by institutional religion.  These wounds have deeply impacted and challenged our faith as spiritual people.  This workshop will provide the tools to begin healing from the wounds many of us have carried for far too long and often, in silence and by ourselves.  This workshop will include singing, contemplative prayer, a formal presentation on healing and a healing ceremony.  Please come dressed comfortably, with an intention to begin the healing process, and a willingness to allow the Spirit to lead you into a place of wholeness and recovery.




John Blair is an independent Catholic priest and non-sectarian Buddhist priet (teacher).   He is an adjunct instructor in English Composition and Psychology at a trade college in St. Louis, MO.  He has a Doctorate of Ministry and Masters of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.  He has a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.  He has exhibited his art work in solo and group art shows in several galleries in St. Louis and St. Charles, Missouri.