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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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IHRC hosts Native American Day of Reflection next month

the Inland Register

(From the Aug. 21, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

Tuesday, Sept. 16, will see an opportunity to learn more about the programs and facilities of Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC).

The “Road to Discovery” tour and lunch is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Talks will include IHRC’s director, Deacon John Ruscheinsky, and Sister Mary Eucharista Mazurik of the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church, on program opportunities.

There is no charge; RSVP is requested.

Also upcoming at IHRC:

• Rev. Gretchen Rehberg (right), an Episcopal priest serving as rector of Nativity Episcopal Church in Lewiston, Idaho, is lined up as the next presenter in IHRC’s continuing series “Coffee and Contemplation” on Wednesday, Sept. 17.

The topic, scheduled for 9-11 a.m., will be “One Body, One Spirit: Connected in God” (Romans 12). It is common to state that the Church is the Body of Christ. St. Paul uses this imagery in his letter to the Corinthians, reminding the Church that that we are all the body of Christ and individually members of it. The talk will explore how the image of the Church as the Body of Christ can be a powerful way of understanding the role of believers within the Church, as well as the grounds for unity of ministry.

Rev. Rehberg was born in Pullman, Wash. She holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry. She taught on the university level and also spent 21 years as a volunteer emergency medical technician and firefighter before entering ministry.

The program also includes warm beverages and rolls. Cost is $10 per session. Advance reservations are requested.

• One week later, on Wednesday, Sept. 24, IHRC will host a Native American Day of Reflection titled “The Medicine Wheel: Christ and Our Land,” under the leadership of Catherine Swan Reimer, who is of Inupiat Eskimo heritage.

This Day of Reflection will be an experiential event about developing balance in the reflective spirit to understand the Christian Medicine Wheel, which in turn is modeled on the Alaskan Medicine Wheel. Participants will evaluate their walk with Christ in an atmosphere of teaching and reflection, utilizing Scripture.

The Day of Reflection includes two conferences and lunch. Cost is $35 per person, or $45 with the use of a private room.

• For those whose schedules might make it difficult to visit IHRC or engage in its programs in person, the Retreat Center’s director, Deacon John Ruscheinsky (right), offers a free, online “virtual daily retreat.” The reflections for each day follow the liturgical cycle, providing thoughts about the Scripture readings for the day, accessible by computer or mobile devices. IHRC’s web site allows visits to read the reflections and sign up for daily delivery of the messages.

For more information or registration for these and other IHRC programs, or to sign up for the daily “virtual retreat,” visit IHRC’s web site:, or call (509) 448-1224. IHRC is located at 6910 S. Ben Burr Rd., Spokane.

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