A Retreat with Grace Song

Experience what Buddhism teaches Christians about wisdom and compassion  

Saturday, October 1, 2022 (EDT) | 9:30 AM - 3 PM

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In person and streamed with Grace Song, Rev. David Peck and Prof. Randall Zachman

Come join a day-long workshop to stimulate head, heart and body!

This workshop is for people anchored in a Christian contemplative tradition who want to explore the insights that Buddhism offers for inner and outer peace building. Specifically, participants will explore the concepts of Wisdom and Compassion through teachings, practices and discussion.

Workshop Elements

  • Learn some of the major tenets of Buddhism.
  • Experience practices from Buddhism that help us find peace and balance.
  • Get insights from Buddhism related to personal harmony and social impact.
  • Practice guided meditation- understanding of physical postures, breathing and gentle movement.
  • Reflect on how to deepen compassion in everyday life.
  • Take away simple practices to enhance peace and balance in your life.


9:30: Registration and check-in
10:00 - 11:30: Exploring wisdom
11:30 - 1:00: Lunch break
1 - 3 PM: Exploring compassion


    $100 per person

    All sessions will be recorded and available after the retreat. Have questions?

    Ticket Discounts

    Bundle your ticket purchase when you purchase more than one activity. Save 10% on any two events or save 20% on all three. (Discounts apply to Walters Museum trip, Grace Song retreat and six-week Mercy Seminar only.)

    Have questions? Email Nancy LeVasseur for more information.

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    Meet the Retreat Leaders

    Reverend Grace Song
    Grace Song is an ordained Won Buddhist Kyomunim, meditation teacher, and interfaith dialogue advocate. She's the Won Buddhist Studies Department Chair at Won Institute of Graduate Studies and Buddhist Chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania. Grace was appointed to the Philadelphia Mayor's Commission on Faith-Based and Interfaith Affairs in 2020, and recently joined Won Buddhism to the United Nations Office's Steering Committee. Additionally, she serves on the board of directors of Presence Collective, a community committed to personal transformation, social justice, and collective liberation.

    Grace holds a Ph.D. in Won Buddhist Studies from Wonkwang University, an MA in East Asian Philosophy from Seoul National University, and a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Toronto. She leads monthly meditation sessions for The Institute of Korean Studies at Penn State University and meditation retreats at the Won Dharma Center, Claverack NY. She is committed to embodying the truth of interconnection and invests her time putting into practice her belief that renewing society starts with renewing our inner lives.

    Rev. David Peck

    The Rev. David W. Peck is the twenty-third rector of Saint James. Prior to his arrival in 2008 from the United Kingdom, he served the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, at Lambeth Palace as his Secretary for International Development. In this role he focused on building partnerships with church leaders, UN agencies and international non-governmental organizations in order to provide food and education in post-conflict zones in sub-Saharan Africa.

    Born in Indiana, David was educated in the United States and England, earning his Theology and Ministry degrees from Cambridge University and Westcott House.

    David’s prior peace building and reconciliation work led him to study in Jerusalem in 2013. There he began a new focus on how the rich theology of mercy could help Jews, Christians and Muslims explore their own and each other’s texts and traditions more deeply. His work in Africa and the Middle East and his completion of a 30-day Ignatian silent retreat at the Jesuit Center in Wernersville, PA drew him more deeply into the practice of contemplative prayer. Since then he has taught meditation in school, hospital, hospice and prison settings. He lives with his wife Dr. Cordelia Moyse, a church historian, and their daughter.

    Professor Randall Zachman
    Randall Zachman is Professor Emeritus of Reformation Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in theology for twenty-six years, and is currently an adjunct instructor in theology at Lancaster Theological Seminary. A lifelong Episcopalian, Randall received his undergraduate degree in religion at Colgate University, his Master of Divinity at Yale Divinity School, and his PhD at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He is the author and editor of several books on Martin Luther and John Calvin, and has also published articles and chapters on the theology of Søren Kierkegaard and Karl Barth. He has spent his career teaching the history of Christian theology, including seminars on the Old and New Testaments. 

    For the past fifteen years, he has been a member of the International Theology Conference at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem in which Jewish, Muslim and Christian scholars study and dialogue together. He lives in Lancaster with his wife, The Rev. Dr. Carrie Call, who is the Transitional Conference Minister of the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ. Their son Johnny lives in Austin, Texas.

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