| 28 – 31 August, 2020
Gathering Leaves, the international retreat for Swedenborgian/New Church women, will take place at the Purley Chase Centre, in Warwickshire, England. The theme for the event is “Fruits of the Spirit.” There will be a variety of activities and time for connecting. A generous benefactor has offered to pay the room and board fees for women from Australia and New Zealand, and suggests beneficiaries consider making a donation to the NCIA. Details about the event, and about booking in, are on the Purley Chase website.
Here is an update from Rev. Alison Southcombe about Gathering Leaves 2020:
“As we are sure you are all aware, COVID-19, the illness caused by the Novel Coronavirus, has now been classified as a worldwide pandemic and governments around the world are requesting curbs on social gatherings and advising travel to be restricted. As the collective Gathering Leaves Committee, we have decided to make a final decision and announcement about whether to proceed with Gathering Leaves at the end of May. This may be somewhat optimistic, but we should be better able to see how measures have worked to impact the situation at that time with a fervent hope that we may be able to proceed with our Gathering Leaves event at the end of August as planned.”