Recovering Advent: "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence"
An overnight retreat at Princeton Theological Seminary
Dec 6-7, 2012
Princeton Theological Seminary’s School of Christian Vocation and Mission
For seventeen centuries Christians have sung the hymn “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence,” expressing the desire to keep silent and ponder the Incarnation. How can we enter into the silence of hearing God in what is the noisiest season of the year? Together this Advent we will stop, attend, and pray—in silence, conversation, and fellowship. Advent offers the opportunity to make space in our lives for the God who is always coming to us, seeking our attention and devotion, offering us new life. Enter Advent before facing the onslaught of the culture's Christmas.
Join us for thoughtful discussion, silence, and contemplative prayer. Advent offers the opportunity to make space in our lives for the God who is always coming to us, seeking our attention and devotion, offering us new life. Enter Advent before facing the onslaught of the culture's Christmas. Join us for thoughtful discussion, silence, and contemplative prayer.
- Enter Advent consciously and prayerfully.
- Step out of the rush of the season.
- Enter into contemplative openness to God’s gift.
- Find refreshment for their souls.
Susan S. Phillips, Ph.D. serves as Executive Director at New College Berkeley. New College Berkeley’s commitment to promoting the integration of Christian faith in everyday life is central to her sense of call as a Christian sociologist, spiritual director, and professor of sociology and Christianity. Phillips has written The Crisis of Care: Affirming and Restoring Caring Practices in the Helping Professions (with Patricia Benner, Georgetown, 1994) and Candlelight: Illuminating the Art of Spiritual Direction (Morehouse, 2008). Susan teaches regularly for NCB, the Graduate Theological Union, Fuller Theological Seminary, San Francisco Theological Seminary, Regent College, in addition to occasional lectures and retreat-leading for churches and organizations. Susan did her doctoral studies at U.C. Berkeley.
Rev. Dr. Melinda Contreras-Byrd is a licensed psychologist with clinical expertise in depression and anxiety, and general expertise in issues of class, gender, ethnicity, and faith. She is the owner/director of the Generations Center which specializes in meeting the psychological and spiritual needs of all women, and both men and women of color. She is an internationally recognized and respected preacher, conference speaker, and workshop facilitator who weaves practical insights and biblical principles in her points. Dr. Contreras-Byrd earned her Doctorate in Psychology from Rutgers University and her Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She is an ordained Elder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and co-pastor of Grant Chapel A.M.E. Church in Trenton, New Jersey.
Thursday, December 6
||Opening Session, Erdman Center Cooper Conference Room: “Entering Advent”
||Reception and Dinner at PDR
||After Dinner Session at PDR, Mackay Dining Hall: “Stop”
Friday, December 7
||Morning Session 1: “Turn”
||Morning Session 2: “Turn From”
||Morning Session 3: Rev. Dr. Melinda Contreras-Byrd - "A Time to Stir Up"
|11:20 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
||Chapel at Miller Chapel/Lunch at Mackay Dining Hall/Break
||Afternoon Session : “Turn Toward”
||Closing Session/Lecture (also available to the public as a webinar): “Exaltation and Feasting”
Cost: $145.00 for commuters and those who need lodging can stay at the Erdman Center based on availability for a starting price of $65 a night.
To register online, please click here.
You may also register by downloading the registration form (.pdf) and either faxing it to 609.497.0709 or mailing it to:
School of Christian Vocation & Mission
20 Library Place
Princeton, NJ 08540-6824
Cost: $145 which includes program and meals. Lodging is available for a starting price of $65 per night.
The Seminary Community will be responsible for the $15 cost of dinner, and are welcome to attend the program at no cost.
Additional questions may be asked by telephone at 609.497.7990 or by e-mail at email@example.com.