Refuge Groups
Refuge Spring Groups

Spring Refuge groups are closed. The next season of Refuge will begin in Fall 2021.

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Refuge Open Class
Review the group descriptions below. Our description for our drop-in open class is located at the top of the list.

All groups are subject to the availability of facilitators and participants. Attending an Imago Dei campus is NOT a requirement for joining either campus’ groups. Options to attend in-person or online are available. Our open class meets in-person, outside, socially distanced with masks.

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Refuge Open Class

Refuge Open Class this season will focus on embodied connection to others and to God as we seek peace in the midst of our challenging circumstances. We meet in various local parks, with masks, Sundays at 1pm for 1.5-2 hours. Led by Chelsea Gerlach, the Director of Refuge, the group is based on the book ‘When Anxiety Strikes.’ We do a brief check-in, share an opening scripture or poem, practice mindfulness techniques from the book, have some solo time with God in nature, then regroup to share our experience and how we’ve been finding peace through the week, then close in prayer. No commitment or homework is required, but you are invited to get the book and follow along with the daily devotionals if you’d like. All are welcome. Email if you’re interested.

When Anxiety Strikes

“Fear not,” the Bible says. But how can we find peace in a world where anything and everything can– and often does– go wrong? This book tackles the realities of living with anxiety and offers real solutions to find shelter when the storm of fear looms. The group will engage in short daily readings of Scripture and mindfulness practices to rest in the presence of God.

This group is available either online Monday nights or as a hybrid meeting in local parks for a very short hike and discussion on Sunday afternoons, weather permitting.

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Genesis Change Process

Are you tired of struggling with painful chronic personal problems or coping behaviors such as drug/alcohol abuse, sex, food, etc. “The Genesis Change Process is an attempt to provide the necessary understanding, as well as the practical tools, for real and permanent change. It is a blend of biblical principles, the science of the brain, and proven recovery strategies for not only freedom from self-destructive behaviors, but also addressing the underlying issues that drive them.” This group is offered separately for men and women.

Mending the Soul

Abuse can take on many forms: physical, verbal, sexual, emotional, spiritual… it happens in all kinds of relationships and can be overt and public, or subtle and secretive. While the details of our individual stories may be quite different, the consequences of abuse are often strikingly similar. When we experience abuse, it usually results in feelings of shame, powerlessness, isolation, and emotional detachment. Abuse colors the way we feel about ourselves and the way we relate to God and others. In Mending the Soul, we explore the nature of abuse, learn more about how it may have impacted us, and engage in a process of healing as we reconnect with God and others from a place of hope and healing. Mending the Soul is offered in separate groups for men and for women.


Whether in relationships, at work, with our kids, and even with God, boundaries help us determine what is our responsibility and what is the responsibility of others. We will learn how to set limits physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally so that all our relationships can be more healthy and balanced.

Shame and Grace

God calls us ‘good’ and offers us unconditional love, grace, and peace. Most of us, however, struggle with voices that whisper, and sometimes shout, that we are not good enough. Shame is the pervasive feeling, not that we have done something bad but that we are bad, that some part of us is flawed, unworthy of love and acceptance. In this group we will learn to recognize shame in our lives, examine and think critically about sources of shame, build resilience by connecting and speaking out, and lean in to God’s unconditional love and grace so that we might live an abundant life of joy. This group uses Brené Brown’s book The Gifts of Imperfection and is offered separately for men and women.

Why Emotions Matter

For some of us, emotions are overwhelming and all-important. For others, they’re bothersome and irrational. Wherever you fall on the emotional spectrum, pursuing a healthy relationship with emotions is key to living a passionate abundant life. In this group, we’ll learn how emotions work, why they are valuable, what to do when emotions don’t match the situation, helpful tools and habits for cultivating emotional health, and the ins and outs of shame, fear, anger, sadness, jealousy, and happiness. This group will be offered separately for men, women, and for couples.

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The Grief Group provides a place for people who have experienced a significant loss in their lives to process their grief with others who are on a similar journey. Grieving people often feel alone. As a result, receiving support in the context of a Christian community can be very valuable for the healing process.

Participants will engage in journaling, personal sharing, and group interactions. The group will help the participants to connect God’s truth to their life and specific situation, as well as to experience God’s comfort and hope. Together the participants will walk through the core themes in healing from grief presented in The Understanding Your Grief Journal by Alan Wolfelt (Central City) or the GriefShare Seminar Series (Eastside). This group is coed.

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Behind the Mask for Women

Over time, false identities (masks) can define you; the person God created you to be gets covered up, and you may be vulnerable to unhealthy relational patterns, including unhealthy sexual behaviors. Processing the Behind the Mask workbook with a small group of women will help you identify unhelpful choices and behavior patterns and replace those with healthy patterns of relational and sexual behavior, all based on biblical principles.