The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.” – Unknown

Our Advent days offer a shift from ordinary time and invitation to reflect on our journey — if only we had the time! We can’t always schedule time but an EMAIL retreat is flexible. You will receive it in your email inbox early Saturday morning for the four weeks in Advent and you get to it when you have time. The eRetreat is shaped so you can ‘retreat” in one sitting or use bits and pieces throughout the week. You put together your retreat time in a way that works for the reality of your days.

The 2013 Advent Retreat is a kind of art pilgrimage. I love how art doesn’t explain but invites us more deeply into an understanding of ourselves and our world. Each week will highlight art that bears witness to the mystery of incarnation. There will be candle-lighting words, brief reflections, questions to prompt deeper contemplation and action, and a spiritual practice to try out. And there will be “Other Pathways.” I’ve enjoyed roaming the world of cyberspace to bring you creative, amusing, or interesting clips or websites supporting the theme.

advent presenceWe reflect on four practices that support creating our future: Paying Attention, Noticing Shadows, Seeing All Things Whole and Following Love’s Beckoning.

This retreat is written and guided by Janice MacLean, Conference Minister for Christian Nurture & Enrichment.

To learn more about the Advent personal retreat click here:  Information and Registration (scroll down)