ADVENT RETREAT: What will Christmas 2020 look like?

Live daily via Zoom, beginning November 30 and concluding December 3, CST. Recorded retreat components will be available especially for those unable to attend live.

facilitated by Mary Kay Whitacre, DMin.

The year 2020 has been full of surprises, uncertainty, and a new normal. Curiously, the story of the first Christmas is full of all the same elements. This Advent season we look to remind ourselves of what is worth celebrating this year. While there have been more than enough shocking moments, perhaps there have also been times you have found yourself pleasantly surprised? Or maybe creative new ideas have replaced certain things you once took for granted? Despite all of the challenges, we will look to the times and places where the extraordinary has revealed itself in the ordinary. This retreat will offer the opportunity for you to wrap your experiences of this year in the context of the Gospel message.

In designing this retreat, we wanted to keep things flexible. You will have the option of participating live, watching the recorded sessions at a time that is completely at your own convenience to match your needs, or to create your own hybrid by watching some sessions live and others on your own. While the live sessions will span 4 days of the first week of Advent, you may choose to focus upon one different theme each of the 4 weeks of Advent, taking you through the whole season.
Each day of the retreat there will be handouts along with a reflection and journal questions. The daily live schedule detailed below will be for Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, and guided meditation. These sessions will be at the following times:
-7:00 a.m.-7:15 a.m., Centering Prayer
-12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m., Lectio Divina
-7:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., guided meditation
Suggested donation: $40
Please register by November 24. Once your registration is received, you will receive an email confirmation. You can also expect, a day prior to the beginning of the retreat, an email including the Zoom meeting link along with any materials the retreat leaders wish to provide ahead of time.
Mary Kay Whitacre is a 2005 graduate of Souljourners and has been on the Souljourners staff since 2005.  She has worked in pastoral ministry in the Catholic Church for more than 40 years. She has a master’s degree from Seattle University and has recently received her Doctor of Ministry from Seattle University.  Mary Kay is Associate Director of Souljourners and does spiritual direction, supervision, and a variety of retreats.