Online Retreat Offered for Advent

The Rev. Beth Richardson, a United Methodist deacon, has collaborated with others to offer an Advent/Christmas e-course based on Richardson’s book, “Child of the Light.”
The Christmas season has become more of a chaotic consumer ritual than a nurturing spiritual time. This online retreat invites you to experience Advent and Christmas differently this year. Advent is for Christians a time of waiting, a time to prepare our hearts, minds and spirits for the birth of the Christ child. Christmas, then, is an opportunity to carry the joyful spirit of Christmas forward into the new year.
"Take time for God: that's exactly the challenge God gives us during this season," writes the e-retreat leader Beth Richardson. She is the Editor of Alive Now, a magazine published by The Upper Room that seeks to nourish people hungry for a sacred way of living.
This Advent/Christmas e-course is based on Richardson's book Child of the Light. It is designed to help you find a quiet center, a time out from busyness, to be with God. Daily emails include readings, reflections, and prayers inspired by Advent hymns:
  • "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus"
  • "I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light"
  • "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"
  • "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming"
And for the 12 days of Christmas, the e-course will reflect upon 12 favorite Christmas carols.
Participants will have the opportunity to sing along with audio recordings of the hymns and carols and pray with special meditations based on the lyrics. Then you can share your own Advent/Christmas thoughts and feelings in the online Practice Circle with Beth Richardson and other participants from around the world.

To register, click here or visit and click on the "Subscribe to E-Course" button at the bottom of the page.