• The Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D. - Biography
    The Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D. - Biography

    The Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D. was ordained a priest by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1993. Michael Battle’s clergy experience, in addition to his academic work, makes him an internationally sought after speaker, teacher, writer and spiritual leader. In 2010, Battle was given one of the highest Anglican Church distinctions as “Six Preacher,” by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. A distinction given to only a few who demonstrate great dedication to the church that goes back to 16th century England and Thomas Cranmer. Battle has published eleven books, including his latest: Desmond Tutu: A Spiritual Biography of South Africa’s Confessor. Battle’s PeaceBattle Institute works on subjects of diversity, spirituality, prayer, race and reconciliation. In addition, Battle has served as pastor and spiritual director to thousands of clergy and laity. He has also served as chaplain to Archbishop Tutu, Congressman John Lewis, the Episcopal House of Bishops and the Lambeth Conference of Anglican Bishops. In addition, Battle has served as vice president to the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Arun Gandhi’s Institute for Nonviolence. Battle and his wife, Raquel, were married by Archbishop Tutu and are parents to two daughters, Sage and Bliss, and a son, Zion. All of whom were baptized by Archbishop Tutu as well.


Sunday - Saturday July 07 - 13, 2024


$325 program/activities

Ubuntu: I in You and You in Me: Practising God’s Compassion

“Ubuntu” is an African proverb: I am because we are; and because we are, I am.  This way of seeing human identity invites us to deepen our awareness of what it means to be created and to be human. 

Ubuntu teaches us that we are different so that we can know our need of one another, for no one is ultimately self-sufficient. 

Drawing on the wisdom and practice of Christian spirituality as illuminated by this African concept of being interrelated The Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D., an expert in reconciliation, peace, and justice theology will guide you on a retreat that invites us all to better practice compassion for the sake of being human. 

Archbishop Desmond Tutu helps to explain as he states, “God has set in motion a centripetal process, a moving toward the center . . . thrown out to clasp all, everyone and everything, in a cosmic embrace, so that all, everyone and everything, belongs.” 

Ubuntu invites such compassion.  Our task in retreat is to receive it.

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