Rev. Holly Whitcomb, United Church of Christ


When:  Friday, December 11, 2009; 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.*

Where: Gesu Parish Center, 1145 W. Wisconsin Avenue (enter off back parking lot)

Who: Open to all faculty, staff and administrators.

Retreat Director: Rev. Holly Whitcomb, United Church of Christ **

Cost:  FREE. Includes continental breakfast and catered lunch.

To register: Contact the Faber Center via e-mailing Ellen Blonski or by calling 8-4545.

*This retreat falls within the guidelines of the university Retreat Leave Benefit. Please see the Office of Mission and Identity Making a Retreat "Retreat Leave for Staff and Administrators" for further information.

What to expect: The Season of Advent, more than any other time of the church year, invites us to embrace the spiritual discipline of waiting. The Season of Advent will not be rushed. The Advent carols must be sung, the Advent candles must be lighted week by week, and the doors of the Advent calendar must be opened day by day. Christmas will finally come when all the expectant scriptures have been read and when the baby has finally been born.

Waiting presents an enormous challenge. We are impatient, I-can-fix-it kinds of people. Yet if we can welcome waiting as a spiritual discipline, waiting will present its spiritual gifts. Based on Holly Whitcomb's latest book, Seven Spiritual Gifts of Waiting, this retreat examines the spiritual opportunities that waiting offers. Because we experience little waits and big waits all the time, we can be on the alert to receive the seven gifts that waiting gives:

** Our presenter: Rev. Holly Whitcomb has been a pastor and clergywoman in the United Church of Christ since her graduation from Yale Divinity School in 1978 and has served churches in Connecticut, Iowa and Wisconsin. She is also a graduate of the two-year program for spiritual directors at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Bethesda, MD. A widely traveled retreat leader who directs Kettlewood Retreats, Holly is also a spiritual director and writer who has published dozens of articles on spirituality. She is the author of four books including Feasting with God and Practicing Your Path. Her latest book, Seven Spiritual Gifts of Waiting, published by Augsburg, sold out in three weeks and had to be immediately reprinted. Due to the popularity of this book, Holly was invited to New York City to do a taping for the television show, "New Morning." Holly lives in suburban Milwaukee with her husband, John. They have two young adult children, Dave and Kate, who are in their twenties.



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