An Epiphany Quiet Day Retreat

Howard Thurman – Meditations for the
Heart & World

Howard Thurman (1899 – 1981)

In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair.—Howard Thurman

Join Glenn Mitchell from Oasis Ministries along with Kimberlee Peifer, for a Quiet Day of reflection on the life and teachings of Howard Thurman—a gifted theologian, philosopher, author and educator who dedicated his life to helping others establish an inner climate for mental and spiritual growth.

The Urban Well partners with Oasis to provide this retreat day in the season of Epiphany. In the tradition of our Quiet Days there will be a rhythm of presentation, retreat space for reflection and meditation and times to share with the larger community.

A story of resiliency, bravery, and hope and an act of kindness

Born in Daytona Beach, Florida,  Howard was only fourteen years old when he left the comforts of home in pursuit of knowledge at a boarding school in Jacksonville as there was no high school for black children in Daytona Beach.

When he arrived at the train station to make his trek north, he was shocked to learn that while he had enough money for the fare, he needed more to check his trunk. Thurman thought his adventure was doomed to end on that platform until an “anonymous stranger” approached him and asked him why he was crying. This stranger changed the trajectory of Thurman’s life, giving him the funds he needed to get to Jacksonville. (

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​​Kimberlee Peifer is a spiritual director and retreat leader who currently works at Work Wisdom in Lancaster in the field of organizational behavior. She helps guide individuals, businesses and organizations to embrace a more reflective, thoughtful posture through exploring contemplative leadership, spiritual direction, coaching with compassion, and the Enneagram. Kimberlee’s prior positions include Director for Contemplative Prayer and Practices at Saint James Episcopal Church and the Parish Resource Center; facilitator and spiritual director at Kavanna House, and as a health and physical education teacher. Kimberlee holds a BS in Kinesiology and a Masters of Education in Health Education, both from Penn State University. She is also a certified yoga instructor.

The Rev. Glenn Mitchell is Co-Director of Oasis Ministries and has a practice of spiritual direction in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania. Glenn loves all things contemplative and in his spare time enjoys watching birds, restoring their 1800’s log home and making things from wood.