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Come, Holy Spirit: A Retreat with Jack Levison and Priscilla Pope-Levison

The Holy Spirit We Never Knew

Spend three soul-tending days with Dr. Jack Levison and Rev. Dr. Priscilla Pope-Levison, professors at SMU Perkins School of Theology, authors, and sought after speakers. The event will be filled with energy, thoughtful reflection, worship, and spiritual renewal.  Event begins on Monday evening and runs through Wednesday morning. (1 CEU Credit available for clergy.)


Seventeen words into the Bible, the Spirit of God hovers over a murky chaos. One hundred thirteen words from the end of the Bible, the Spirit invites everyone who is thirsty to drink for free. At the start and finish of the Bible—Genesis 1:2 and Revelation 22:17—the Spirit is there, bringing order to chaos and satisfaction to people with parched throats.

From beginning to end, the Spirit is active, yet we know so little about the Spirit of God. Not any more! Spend 3 days in the presence of the Spirit—studying, questioning, wondering, learning. With our Bibles at hand, we will explore the unknown but not unknowable world of the Spirit.

Come Holy Spirit gives you the opportunity to search the world of the Spirit in the Old and New Testaments, where the Spirit hovers, fills, rushes, clothes, rests, and is poured out upon people. By studying the Old and New Testaments in this retreat, you will learn to expect the unexpected of the Spirit, to prepare for the unprecedented, and, just as important, to discover the unlikely presence of the Spirit where you may least expect it—in the grit and grime of everyday life.


“Jack Levison studies, meditates, prays, and writes of the place of the Holy Spirit in our lives with more skill and understanding than anyone I know,” writes Eugene Peterson, author of The Message. Jack is an internationally recognized scholar, whose books have received wide acclaim. He holds the W. J. A. Power Chair of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. He has also held positions at Duke Divinity School and Seattle Pacific. Education: Ph.D., Duke University, 1985; M.A. Cambridge University, 1982; B.A., Wheaton College, 1978. (

Priscilla Pope-Levison is currently the Associate Dean for External Programs and Professor of Ministerial Studies at Perkins School of Theology, SMU. She has a passion for women’s studies and her interdisciplinary publications combine Theology, Gender Studies, Church History, and Mission and Evangelism. She has also held positions at Duke Divinity School and Seattle Pacific.  Education: Ph.D., University of St. Andrews, Scotland, 1989; M.Div. Duke Divinity School, 1983; B.A., DePauw University, 1980.

Program Registration: $165/person; Register online:

Lake Junaluska Lodging and Meal Packages available at Lake Junaluska. Call 800.222.4930 to make reservations. Please indicate that you are attending “Come, Holy Spirit.” If lodging online, use Group Reservation number #1785.

Questions: Call: 828.734.0630 or Email:


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