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Retreat
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[German Version]

A Christian retreat is a period of free time (Youth camps and houseparties) for meditation and theological reflection. Retreats can be short, designed to deepen spirituality through silence and prayer. In Protestant churches, a retreat was historically a period of preparation for ministerial office. In Germany in the 1920s, the word Rüstzeit came to denote a period of free time dedicated primarily to spiritual and intellectual work rather than relaxation. It was one of the central pillars of Protestant youth work after the Evangel…

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Thierfelder, Jörg, “Retreat”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124674>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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