Sustainable Faith was born and nurtured in the cradle of the Convent, a former retreat space in Norwood, Ohio that took in multiple hundreds of Christian ministry leaders over the course of seven years (2007-14). We gave them a place to lay their distracted heads, weary hearts and tired bodies. We offered them nourishing, homemade meals around a candlelit table. We invited them to join us in our daily prayers. And just as importantly, we listened as spiritual directors to their stories of pain, fatigue, confusion, loneliness and burnout. It always seemed a small miracle just how much good a little more sleep, some decent food, shared prayers, and a listening companion did for them. They weren’t “cured,” but they were better off, and it routinely prompted us to ask the question, “What would it take for their experience here to be the rule rather than exception?”
All that Sustainable Faith has done, continues to do, and proposes to do is in the end an attempt to answer that question.