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October 20, 2023, Detroit – In the coming weeks, many of us will see signs that the Christmas Season is approaching, from items for sale to secular Christmas music on the radio and decorations in homes and the public square.
Sister Janet Schaeffler, OP, in her latest Advent booklet, invites Christians to approach the weeks before Christmas as a “time for holy listening” as we await the coming of Jesus in our lives and our world. “Advent is our introverted season,” she wrote in the book’s introduction. “The world around us does a lot of chatting, chattering, and contesting. Advent gives us a space for holy listening.”
In A Time for Holy Listening, Sister Janet lists the Scripture readings for each day, along with a reflection, a suggested daily practice, and a short Advent prayer – all tied to the day’s readings.
A retreat leader and a consultant for catechists and adult faith formation leaders, Sister Janet once ministered as Director of Adult Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Detroit. She received the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) Distinguished Service Award.
A Time for Holy Listening is available from the Weber Center Shop at Weber Retreat and Conference Center on the Adrian Dominican Motherhouse Campus. The shop is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday. The shop is closed for lunch from noon to 12:45 p.m. Copies can be ordered from the Weber Shop through email, email@example.com, or by calling 517-266-4035.
The Advent booklet is also available in English and Spanish from Twenty-Third Publications.
September 18, 2023, Adrian, Michigan – Compassion seems to be the center of spiritual traditions worldwide. In his live stream workshop, A Spirituality Named Compassion, Rev. Matthew Fox, PhD, explores compassion’s many dimensions, including how today’s physics gives us a basis for genuine compassion. The workshop is from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 12, 2023.
An author, theologian, and activist priest, Rev. Fox has called people into the Creation Spirituality lineage for more than 50 years, awakening them to become contemplative artists who honor and defend Earth and work for justice. He sought to establish a new education model for learning spirituality and founded the University of Creation Spirituality.
The cost is $20, and registration is required to receive the live stream link. To register, visit www.webercenter.org and click “programs”; call 517-266-4000; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.