Advent Guided Retreats
The practice of pausing to remember the first coming of Jesus and readying for the second coming of Jesus, which Advent prompts us to do, has been a gift for many. We've chosen Friday, December 1 and Friday, December 8, the Fridays on either side of the first Sunday of Advent, to offer retreats this year.
Advent is a time of remembering and readying for the coming of Christ, but it can often feel like a time of both too-muchness and not-enough-ness. Especially if you are walking alongside others in this season (children, congregants, parishioners, patients, and beyond), it may well be that your own hunger for a meaningful observation of the season is pushed to the margins as you create a path for others.
This guided retreat will include time for your own remembering and readying. We'll give space to allow things to arise and to tend to them, and that may include longing, hope, celebration, penitence, exhaustion, grief, recalling, reflecting, and preparing.
Each half-day retreat includes an introduction and teaching on Advent for any who may be new to the holy season or the Christian year (or longing for a more meaningful observance of it). The center portion of the retreat will be spent alone in prayer, reflection, and preparation. The last part of our time together will be to re-gather for noticing, questions, workshopping, and further connection. Each retreat date is a stand-alone invitation to join other retreat makers, though if you'd like more time and space for your remembering and readying, you might consider joining us for both days.
No familiarity with Advent or the liturgical year is needed to join a guided retreat! Beginners and long-time observers alike will benefit from the intentional time spent in retreat.
All Saints' Day guided retreat dates:
- Friday, Dec 1 | 11 am–3 pm central
- Friday, Dec 8 | 11 am–3 pm central
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Retreat Length: 4 hours
Half-day Online Retreat: each guided retreat will gather via Zoom for one hour, send retreat-makers off for two hours, and gather again for one hour with info and meeting links delivered ahead of time via email. We will also provide some recommendations for how to choose where you will make retreat, whether at home, at your church, at a retreat center, or anywhere that you can connect to the internet.
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