Friday, June 29, 2012

Walking Wounded Special Session Info

Mars Hill Refuge is excited to announce:

A special session of Walking Wounded: Hope for Those Hurt by Church specifically for those formerly connected to Mars Hill and Acts 29 Network churches will begin on July 23.

Kathy Escobar & Phyllis Mathis will be facilitating the course (Sophia will be a participant only).  Here is more about Kathy and Phyllis.

Kathy Escobar co-pastors the Refuge, an eclectic faith community in North Denver dedicated to those on the margins of life and faith ( She journeys with people in hard places as a spiritual director, teacher, and group facilitator. A Pepperdine University graduate, she also has a Masters degree in Management/Organizational Development and a Certificate in Evangelical Spiritual Guidance from Denver Seminary. Kathy is the author of Down We Go: Living into the Wild Ways of Jesus (Civitas Press, 2011).

Phyllis Mathis is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been practicing for over 20 years. She is also a long-time spiritual teacher, lay leader, former pastor, Ontological Coach. A seasoned writer, retreat facilitator and a beginning potter, she is the co-creator of the forthcoming course:The Iconic Self (Jen Lee Productions, 2012).

Class price is $49 and includes daily posts (Monday through Friday) and weekly exercises in journaling, storytelling, and wellness practices.

Please note: Mars Hill Refuge (Sophia & Kaelee) do not profit in any way from your participation. The cost of the course covers the web hosting service and a very small portion goes to Kathy and Phyllis.

A limited number of scholarships are available! 
To honor everyone’s safety, we are not offering open registration for this class.  Instead, please contact Sophia Grace at to get the registration link.

Course Description

Thousands of honest, sincere people are finding themselves on the outside of a faith system they once held dear. The sadness, anger, disillusionment and fear can be debilitating. And confusing.
Have You:
  • Been asked to leave a church or told you’re not a “good fit”?
  • Felt forced to conform or remain consistently overlooked?
  • Been told that you are loved but not your sin?
  • Questioned leadership or theology and found yourself on the outside?
  • Felt sad, angry, afraid, lost, or disoriented after painful church experiences?
  • Experienced a significant shift in your theology or faith perspective and find yourself feeling disoriented and unsure?
You are not lost, and you are not alone.
Walking Wounded: Hope for Those Hurt By Church is designed to help you move through the painful and confusing aftermath of a negative faith-based experience.
In this 4 week class you will:
  • Connect with others who have similar experiences
  • Identify your losses and reclaim your dreams
  • Tell your story and receive support
  • Work through your unfinished business
  • Learn effective practices to restore a sense of sanity
Through interviews, conversation, journaling and storytelling, Kathy Escobar and Phyllis Mathis will guide you through the confusion and into a place of purpose and peace.
For more information on what to expect, click HERE