Second Tuesdays with Kitty on Sept. 14

The DeKoven Center’s Second Tuesdays Series begins its seventh year on Sept. 14 with a discussion about “overshadowing.”

Kitty Clark will lead conversation and meditation on Angel Gabriel’s words to Mary at the Annuciation, as told by St. Luke: “The Spirit of the Lord will come up on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” And yet, in God’s own divine economy, these words are for us too, and for all humanity. We live in that overshadowing. The life of God present to his creation is the testimony of saints and sages alike. Sometimes I think we know this, Kitty reflects, sometimes not. But the overshadowing is there all the same, and God’s invitation and hope in us does not fail. The gift is God’s, but the response can only be ours. Her meditation invites us into the mystery. “We all know more than we know that we know,” American author Thornton Wilder reminds us.

There is no charge for Second Tuesdays at DeKoven, but a free-willing offering is appreciated. Conversation and coffee begin at 10 a.m. and Meditation is at 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact Kitty Clark at

Second Tuesdays with Travis on Nov. 9

“Welsh metaphysicals” will be the topic for reflection during “Second Tuesdays with Travis” at 10 a.m. on Nov. 9 at The DeKoven Center.

The Rev. Travis DePriest will lead conversation and meditation on “Thomas Traherne: Poet of Felicity.” It’s the latest in Travis’ series that has featured George Herbert, Katharine Phillips and Henry Vaughan. Here’s the full description of the class:

For this reflection, we will continue our visits with “the Welsh metaphysicals,” Travis says. “This time with Thomas Traherne added to the list.” So far he has invited George Herbert, Katharine Phillips, and Henry Vaughan to our Second Tuesdays, and we have been graced by each poet’s particular charm and wisdom. Traherne is perhaps a poet many already know and will anticipate happily. “Savoring his wondrous poetry and luxuriant prose will be a treat for everyone,” Travis assures us. A treat indeed! Travis of course is a gifted teacher. He has presented each poet as friend to friends. The visits have been as memorable as the introductions!

There is no charge for Second Tuesdays at DeKoven, but a free-will offering is appreciated. Coffee and conversation begin at 10 a.m. and Meditation begins at 10:30. For more information, contact Kitty Clark at

An Autumn Quiet Day for Busy Women

The DeKoven Center will host “An Autumn Quiet Day for Busy Women” on Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Themes for the fall retreat include: Making room for God, Caring for Ourselves and Empowering One Another.

During this day, we will ask: How do we take care of ourselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually? How do we take time to listen to God? How can we trust our own wisdom and to live into all we were created to be?

Come join us as we explore prayer, wholeness, and self-care and as we give thanks for the mentors and role models in our lives.

Our leader: The Rev. Holly Whitcomb has been a minister 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 in Bethesda, Maryland. 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, The Seven Spiritual Gifts of Waiting, sold out in three weeks and had to be immediately reprinted. It also took her to New York where she did a taping for the Hallmark Channel’s show, New Morning. Holly lives in suburban Milwaukee with her husband John. They are parents of David and Kate, both in their 20s.

DeKoven is happy to welcome Holly back to us for this very special Day of Reflection!

Suggested donation: $50.00 (refreshments, lunch, facility, and stipend)
For reservation, email Julia at
For information about the Day itself email Kitty Clark at

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