Pathways Rhythms

June 2021


Mystic of the Month: Joyce Rupp

O Ancient Beauty, primordial love,

seeded in the secret of every self.

You plant yourself permanently,

as the mainstay of each one’s life.

How frequently you reveal yourself,

in unexpected form and manner,

touching our hearts with quiet hope,

stirring the embers of our faith,

rousing us with your pure loveliness,

as you visit our lives ever anew.

Today: I watch for how your Beauty visits me.

~ Joyce Rupp, Fragments of your Ancient Name


With deep sadness, we at Pathways Retreat mourn Sara VonGunten's death on June 4, following a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer 11 days previously.  Sara was married to Evan Miller, a Pathways co-director, and is survived by him as well as three children, their partners, and their children.  She was a spiritual director and supported Pathways as a volunteer associate for a number of years.  We miss her sense of humor, her ability to listen deeply, and her wide, expansive love.  Following a private family memorial service, an outdoor open house will be held at Walnut Hill Mennonite Church on Sunday, June 20, from 1-4 pm.  Her full obituary is here​.

Silent Auction Postponed

Auction: August 21 - august 28

Open House: august 28, 1-4 pm


The Silent Auction that was scheduled for June has been postponed to August 21-28, with an Open House on Saturday, August 28, from 1-4 pm.

We still welcome donations of items to be auctioned.  Our goal for this year is to auction off 50 items!  If you have something to donate, please contact Linda by August 15.  

Join us in supporting Pathways Retreat as we work to create a space for rest, reflection and renewal so all God’s creation may experience love and wholeness.

July Sabbatical


Pathways has an annual rhythm of taking July as a sabbatical month.

The land with labyrinths and trails is always open from dawn to dusk.

Pathways will be closed for reservations of the Cottage and Retreat House from July 1-31. 

Prayers will conclude on Friday, June 25 and resume Monday, August 9..

Sabbath observance invites us to stop.

It invites us to rest.

It asks us to notice that while we rest,

the world continues without our help.

It invites us to delight in the world’s beauty and abundance.

― Wendell Berry



Four youth and two sponsors from Walnut Hill Mennonite Church volunteered to pull the invasive weed, hairy vetch.  Some comments from the group include:

  • “This is very satisfying.” (pulling the hairy vetch)
  • “It was very hot but I’m glad I came.”
  • “I’m glad I could help with creation care.”
  • “How could anyone keep up with all these weeds?”

In response to the last question - “How can we keep up with all these weeds?” We can't! That’s why Pathways is so grateful to have volunteers come and help. If you or a group you are a part of have interest in volunteering at Pathways, contact Betty Schrag​, volunteer coordinator.

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Linda Lehman Thomas

Evan Miller

Julie Stegelmann