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Understanding the Dynamics of Religious Leadership

Rabbi talking to pastor

By Marisa Guerin — For the last 18 years or so, I have had the opportunity to consult to many of the finest people I have ever met – the women and men of religious congregations and the ministries that they sponsor, from various denominations. These people are hard-working, kind, and faithful to their missions —- but that doesn’t mean that leadership is easy in these settings. The real-world challenges are formidable, and the internal community dynamics are subtle and complex. Religious leadership is not what it used to be! Several years ago, I started experimenting with a series of...

New 2018-2019 Brochure is Here!

Cranaleith brochure cover

Join us for a retreat this year and you will find a warm welcome, quiet peace and a sense of belonging. View it below. Download your own copy (pdf) Request a hard copy via email info@localhost or call 215-934-6206.  

Caring for Our Corner of Creation

Cranaleith autumn foliage

At Cranaleith, we are committed to extending Mercy hospitality to all who come here and to caring for this corner of creation which has been entrusted to us. Our vision ensures that visitors will be able to enjoy the beauty of this place for years to come. Here are some of the ways we are working to sustain and nourish Cranaleith. Kitchen: “¢ We source food locally whenever possible. Many meals are made from scratch, including salad dressings and sauces. This allows us to make only what is needed and eliminate waste. “¢ We serve fair-trade coffee, tea and sugar....

CATCH, Inc. Clients Receive Eco-Therapy

CATCH, Inc Eco-Therapy at Cranaleith

A few times a month, Cranaleith has the privilege of welcoming clients from CATCH, Inc., a behavioral health program in Philadelphia, who participate in days of guided reflection or eco-therapy in our garden. We are gifted by the presence of an enormously talented artist, Mary Kay Eichman, RSM, who enables our guests to respond to each day’s theme with sheer delight, freedom and spontaneity. The diverse and colorful possibilities of their imagination seem endless. Often, they break out into song, utterly present to the joy and beauty of their creative power. During the planting and growing season, these same guests...

In Somerton, Suffragists’ Vision Lives On

view of main house at Cranaleith

Hidden City, October 27, 2016 By Sarah Kennedy Editor’s Note:We travel to the Somerton neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia where the Cranaleith Spiritual Center sits on a bucolic 10-acre property. The late-Victorian house at the center of the parcel, formerly known as Mill-Rae, was built in the late 19th century for women’s rights activist Rachel Foster Avery and was the defining commission that set in motion Nichols’ career as America’s first independent female practitioner of architecture. On Saturday, October 29, the Cranaleith Spiritual Retreat Center will host an event to celebrate its forthcoming placement on the National Register of Historic Places...

Spirit of Inclusion

Northeast Times Photo

Northeast Times, October 11, 2016, By William Kenny In a year when the United States may see the elec­tion of its first wo­man pres­id­ent, a North­east Phil­adelphia in­sti­tu­tion is cel­eb­rat­ing its role in achiev­ing the right to vote for the na­tion’s wo­men. Cranaleith Spir­itu­al Cen­ter in Somer­ton didn’t ex­ist in 1920 when the states rat­i­fied the 19th Amend­ment, but a Vic­tori­an farm­house on the spir­itu­al cen­ter’s 10-acre cam­pus stood back then and once served as a vi­tal meet­ing place for lead­ing suf­fra­gists in­clud­ing Susan B. An­thony and its own­er, Rachel Foster Avery, dur­ing a peri­od in Amer­ic­an his­tory when wo­men...