Thursday, December 10, 2020

Date: December 10, 2020

For many, the month of December can be a busy season – preparing for the end of the term, preparing for the holidays, and preparing ourselves for the arrival of the Christ Child. In our Christian tradition, this is a time of hopeful waiting, as well, that can be a challenge to observe. Tomorrow morning, the Department of Lifelong Learning is offering a complimentary retreat, “While It Is Still Dark: An Advent Quiet Morning” led by VTS Adjunct, spiritual companion, and poet, Dr. Kathy Staudt. This year in particular, the Advent themes of exile and longing invite us to dwell more deeply in our experiences of brokenness and loss, darkness and “not yet,” always in the context of Christian hope. Dr. Staudt will lead this retreat using poetry, music, journaling and guided prayer to reclaim ways to live in hope and respond to this season’s holy invitations.  This offering is a gift from the Seminary to our wider community in thanksgiving for your support of our work and mission during this pandemic. We invite you to participate on Friday morning, but if your schedule doesn’t permit, you can register for the retreat and receive the recording to enjoy on your schedule. The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President 

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