West End United Methodist Church

“For Sabbath’s Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community” - Sabbath Workshop with J. Dana Trent

Can sabbath revolutionize our lives … and the world?

In this workshop, we will explore how a regular practice of sabbath rest, worship, and community has the power to challenge and change us. We will dive into scripture, culture, economics, as well as the whenwhy and how of sabbath. Participants will enjoy contemplative time for reflection, community time for sharing, and practical lessons on how to achieve balance for ourselves and advocate for others in a 24-7 society.

Cost of $20 includes a copy of the book, light breakfast, and lunch with the author. 


About the Book: For Sabbath’s Sake

In our culture of constant busyness, most of us feel like we're never caught up. God's commandment to "Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy" seems like a relic from a simpler time. Many Americans balk at the idea of setting aside a whole day for worship, rest, and time with those who matter most to them. Yet we long for more time to spend on what matters most—unrushed time to rest, reconnect with friends and loved ones, and deepen our relationship with God.

An ancient spiritual practice exists that can help restore balance to our lives: the practice of keeping sabbath. But how exactly do we manage to build time for sabbath into our busy lives? Dana Trent explores this question in For Sabbath's Sake. With humor and honesty, Trent reveals her own struggles with setting apart a day devoted to God, rest, and community. This book traces the rich history of sabbath, helps you find ways to overcome barriers to this spiritual practice, and suggests achievable ways to build sabbath into your life.



The Rev. J. Dana Trent is a graduate of Duke Divinity School, Baptist clergywoman, award-winning author, speaker, and workshop facilitator. She teaches World Religions and Critical Thinking at Wake Technical Community College. Her work has appeared on Time.comReligion DispatchesReligion News Service, NBC affiliate WRAL, The Christian Centuryand Sojourners. Her second book with Upper Room Books, For Sabbath’s Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community, explores the how and why of slowing down for spirituality in a 24-7 world. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, a devout Hindu and former monk. Their Christian-Hindu interfaith marriage is chronicled in Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk. She loves naps with cats, vegetarian food, and teaches weight-lifting for the YMCA. 


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