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Journeying with Mary and Elizabeth: The Blessings of an Advent Community – A Weekend Retreat

December 6 - December 8

Theme: Journeying with Mary and Elizabeth: The Blessings of an Advent Community

In the Christ tradition, Advent is the season of waiting and preparing for Jesus to be born. It’s a time of great anticipation! No one was filled with more anticipation than Mary, the mother of Jesus. In her frightening position as an unwed pregnant teenager, Mary reaches out for help to her cousin, Elizabeth, who is also expecting a baby under some rather unusual circumstances. 

In Elizabeth, Mary finds blessing, acceptance, and sanctuary. In Mary, Elizabeth finds joy, companionship, and support. As Mary and Elizabeth await the arrival of their babies, they form a loving community that helps alleviate some of the fear, uncertainty, and anxiety of their unknown futures and that of their children. With Mary and Elizabeth as our guides, we will rest and wait in loving and sacred community, listening deeply for the blessings of the season in the midst of the unknown.

Leader: Lorie Conway Lorie Conway has a passion for deep listening and accompanying others on their spiritual journeys as a spiritual companion and retreat leader. She also works with Well for the Journey in Lutherville, MD, and the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation.

Weekend retreats run Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. The silence begins Friday night after dinner when the leader opens the retreat and introduces the theme. The leader usually offers brief reflections with morning and evening prayers on Saturday. The silence ends after breakfast Sunday morning with a time of sharing and worship, followed by lunch and departure.

The cost for weekend retreats is $275.  A $125 deposit is required to register.

We serve family-style, homemade vegetarian food which includes eggs and dairy. If you have any allergies or medically advised dietary restrictions, please let us know, and we will accommodate your needs if we can.

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Dinner on Friday at 7 pm is the first official gathering. You are welcome to arrive and settle in between 3:30 and 6:30 pm on Friday. The retreat will end by 2 pm on Sunday.  Please plan to stay for the entire retreat.



December 6
December 8
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