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Recovering Advent: Between the Message and the Miracle

An overnight retreat at Princeton Theological Seminary

Dec 5-6, 2013
Continuing Education

Erdman Center


The observance of advent is an age-old Christian tradition recognizing the time of preparation and waiting, that leads up to the celebration of one of the most momentous occasions in Christendom ---the birth of Jesus/Emmanuel.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Enter Advent consciously and prayerfully.
  2. Step out of the rush of the season.
  3. Enter into contemplative openness to God’s gift.
  4. Find refreshment for their souls.


Melinda.Byrd(b)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 5

3:00-5:30 p.m. Opening Session, Erdman Center Cooper Conference Room: “Introduction: Between the Message and the Miracle”
6:00–7:30 p.m. Reception and Dinner at PDR
7:30–9:00 p.m. After Dinner Session at PDR, Mackay Dining Hall: “Between the Message and the Miracle Continued”

Friday, December 6

8:30-9:00 a.m. Morning Session 1: “Hearing Our Message and ‘The Message”
9:00-10:15 a.m. Morning Session 2: “Discovering the Truth of the Miracle”
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-11:20 a.m. Morning Session 3: "Doing the Work of Preparation"
11:20 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Chapel at Miller Chapel/Lunch at Mackay Dining Hall/Break
1:30-2:30 p.m. Afternoon Session : “Preparation Continued”
2:30-2:45 p.m. Break
2:45-4:00 p.m. Closing Session/Lecture (also available to the public as a webinar): “Experiencing the Gift of Waiting”


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 $20 cost of dinner, and are welcome to attend the program at no cost.

 To register online, please click here.

Interested in more Advent programming? Our Advent Bible Study series is December 3, 10, and 17, 2013. Please click here.