Recovering Advent

December 1, 2011 - December 2, 2011

Recovering Advent

Sponsored by the Institute for Pastoral Leadership

Dec 1-2, 2011

Princeton Theological Seminary’s School of Christian Vocation and Mission


The Psalmist yearned for God: “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God” (Psalm 42:1). Do you yearn for God that intensely? Or is your thirst for God obscured by other desires, disappointments, distractions, and demands? 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.

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.


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.


Thursday, December 1

3:00-5:30 p.m. Opening Session, Erdman Center Cooper Conference Room: “Entering Advent”
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: “Tarry”

Friday, December 2

8:30-9:00 a.m. Morning Session 1: “Expect”
9:00-10:15 a.m. Morning Session 2: “Ponder”
10:30-11:20 a.m. Labyrinth (led by Raymond Bonwell) at the Gambrell Room in Scheide Hall
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 : “Hold”
2:30-2:45 p.m. Break
2:45-4:00 p.m. Closing Session/Lecture (also available to the public as a webinar): “Advent’s Gift of Knotted Time”


2011 Cost: $90 for conference, $45 for meals, total of $135 for commuters and those who lodge with us can choose lodging based on availability for a starting price of $65 a night.

Please read the Registration and Cancellation Policy before registering.

Contact Info

Additional questions may be asked by telephone at 609.497.7990 or by e-mail at [email protected].

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Categories: Seminars  |  Spiritual Direction  |  Spirituality