Mark your calendars now for DeKoven's Long Summer Retreat, set for June 16-20 at Taylor Hall, our Retreat & Conference Center. Led by the Rev. Brian Hastings of Chicago's Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, this all-inclusive retreat offers time for deep spiritual reflection, enlightenment and fellowship. Check back here soon for more details about this event.
Fans of the BBC television series “Dr. Who” might do a double take when driving by The DeKoven Center this July. A TARDIS – a fictional time machine and spacecraft from the British sci-fi show – will be stationed on DeKoven’s grounds while we host a new retreat titled “The Gospel According to Dr. Who.”
Led by the Rev. Deborah Woolsey, the two-night retreat will feature screenings of past episodes and discussions of the Christian themes that can be found in them. But, you don’t have to be a “Dr. Who” fan, or of any particular faith, to participate. Even those who have yet to see a single episode are welcome to join this time of finding God in all of time and space.
Woolsey, who serves as Rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Athens, Ohio, led a series of “The Gospel According to Dr. Who” programs with her parish last year. And several parishioners who did not know about “Dr. Who” were “delighted to learn something new and appreciate learning to look for the sacred in the secular,” she said. They, too, had a TARDIS on the church grounds and found that it reminded them “that interacting with the Holy Spirit can be playful and joyful and still be holy,” Rev. Woolsey said.
DeKoven’s July retreat will open with a Friday evening gathering and meal, and run through Sunday brunch. Cost, including accommodations and meals, is $275 per person. To register, and for more information, call 262-633-6401, ext. 110, or send an email to email@example.com.
All are welcome to join us for this unique program!
The DeKoven Center’s popular Second Tuesdays series returned in 2018, with a fresh, new approach that includes a broader range of subjects. As always, this series of free, public programs aims to inspire reflection and meditation, and is open to people of all faiths and interests.
On August 13, 2019, Second Tuesday’s will feature a visit from Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. The First Lady will be portrayed by Jessica Michna, whose portrayals of notable women of history have earned her the Presidential Service Center’s Distinguished Service Award.
Michna, who lives in Caledonia, is widely known for her riveting portrayals of everyone from Eleanor Roosevelt to Helen Keller. She has entertained groups throughout the U.S. ranging in age from young children to senior citizens. And audiences have been known to both laugh and cry, as she brings these characters to life with their fascinating stories.
Her Second Tuesday presentation will include information about Mary Todd Lincoln’s visit to Racine and her connection with the DeKoven Center. We hope you will come share this time with us as we visit with one of our country’s most interesting First Ladies.
All Second Tuesdays programs are held in Taylor Hall and run from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Tuesday of specific months. Each session begins with time for coffee and conversation at 10 a.m., followed by the program at 10:30 a.m.
For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/DeKovenCenter/ or call 262-633-6401, ext. 110.