Alum Spotlight: The Rev. Dr. Susan J. Foster Publishes Book on Retreats

Susan J. Foster, a graduate of Hartford Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program and a pastor, has a new book out called Retreats to Go: Twelve Creative Programs that Renew and Refresh.

The Rev. Dr. Foster is pastor of the East Woodstock Congregational (UCC) Church in Connecticut. Her experience in leading retreats, according to the book’s description, includes “rural and city churches, a remote wooded cabin, a windjammer schooner, retreat centers, church fellowship halls, and personal homes.”

The book offers: “Everything you need to plan your next retreat. Each Scripture-based theme includes resources for ice breakers, music, quotes, small and large group activities, reflection questions, worship materials, and craft ideas. Designed for those who wish to lead retreats but may not have time for research and planning, this helpful guide offers engaging, easy-to-use programs for adults and older teens. The flexible format can be used for a weekend retreat, a day away, or weekly study group gatherings.”

For more information, visit the Rev. Dr. Foster’s website at

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