Advent is the season in which we wait for the arrival of Jesus, the most Holy. No one has more to teach us about this than his mother. After all, she was in her last month of pregnancy during the first Advent -- in other words, she was deeply eager for Jesus' arrival!
On this 24-hour retreat, we will devote ourselves to learning from Mary about how to wait for the Holy, how to bear the Holy into the world, how to welcome the Holy. We'll do that through:
- engagement with Scripture
- reflection on visual images of Mary
- teaching from Lauren Winner
- time in guided, individual spiritual reflection
- guided discussion with friends
Lauren Winner writes and lectures widely on Christian practice, the history of Christianity in America, and Jewish-Christian relations. Her books include Girl Meets God, Mudhouse Sabbath, a study of household religious practice in 18th-century Virginia, A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith, Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis, and, most recently, a book on overlooked biblical tropes for God, Wearing God. She is completing a book called Characteristic Damage, which examines the effects of sin and damage on Christian practice.
Dr. Winner’s research has been supported by numerous institutions, including Monticello, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. She has appeared on PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and has served as a commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” She has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today, and her essays have been included in several volumes of The Best Christian Writing.
Dr. Winner, an Episcopal priest, is vicar of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Louisburg, NC.