Join us for our annual Congregational retreat at the Abbey Resort in Fontana, WI!  The retreat will be held March 1-3rd, 2019.

Rev. Dr. Brooke Petersen is a pastor, clinical pastoral theologian and licensed professional counselor.  Brooke’s currently works as a psychotherapist at the Spiritual Life Center located in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chicago and sees individuals and couples with a variety of mental health concerns.  Brooke graduated with an MDiv from LSTC in 2006 and went on to serve Irving Park Lutheran Church in Chicago.  She finished a PhD in Pastoral Theology, Personality and Culture at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2017, focusing her research on the experience of religious trauma among queer persons in the church.  She teaches as an adjunct faculty person at both McCormick Theological Seminary and LSTC, including classes focusing on Mental Illness and Pastoral Theology, Ritual through the Life Cycle, and advanced Pastoral Care.  Brooke recently finished a call as the interim pastor at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square.  Brooke lives in Chicago with her husband and two children, and in her spare time (of which there isn’t much!) she enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling.
Our theme this year will be:  Widening Our Welcome: Pastoral Care, Religious Trauma, and Mental Illness
What makes our congregations welcoming places?  Is religious trauma real?  What does our spirituality have to say about mental illness?  This retreat will help us to answer these questions and more, as we focus on how our community might reflect God’s welcome to people who have been wounded by the church or the world.  Brooke Petersen, a pastor and psychotherapist, will draw on her research in religious trauma as well as spirituality and mental illness to help us think about our mission at Trinity to transform lives by living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • The retreat is a self-supporting event. If you are interested in making a contribution toward the "retreat fund", please contact us or indicate an amount. Thank you!
    We offer a 50% discount to folks attending the retreat for the first time. Also, we never want the cost to stand in the way of attending. Please let us know if we can discuss options to make attending more realistic.