to Dec 25

Comfort & Joy Retreat

“Comfort & Joy” is the focus of a new Christmas Eve retreat offered at the DeKoven Center. It welcomes those in search of spiritual respite from the commercialism and busyness of the Christmas holiday. Susanne Sklar will return to DeKoven to lead this time together, which will feature readings and responses meant to help us discover how and where to find comfort and joy at this time of year.

Susanne was born in Chicago and is a member of the Cumnor Fellowship in Oxford, UK, where she teaches and writes about religion and the arts (including a recently-finished novel about Mary Magdalene). Before returning to Oxford, where she got her doctorate, Susanne taught humanities and theatre in Russia, China and Sweden, as well as at Northwestern University, Carthage College, and Shimer College in the U.S.  She’s written many academic publications and has also worked in public radio and television, and as a peace researcher/activist, a social worker, an actress and a cowmaid. 

The Comfort & Joy Retreat will open with registration at 2 p.m. Dec. 24, followed by the first session at 3:30 p.m., and will continue through breakfast on Christmas morning. Participants will also have the option of attending DeKoven’s Traditional Christmas Day Mass at 9 a.m. on Dec. 25, as well as the Christmas Brunch, which will follow Mass.

Cost for this retreat, including accommodations and meals, is $100. To register for Comfort & Joy call 262-633-6401, ext. 110.

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to Apr 10

Second Tuesdays Programs

The DeKoven Center’s popular Second Tuesdays series returns in 2018, with a fresh, new approach.  

As always, this series of free, public programs aims to inspire reflection and meditation, and is open to people of all faiths and interests. This time around, we’ve expanded the focus to offer a broader range of subject matter.

The first of this year’s Second Tuesdays programs was offered in October and explored the history of the places surrounding The DeKoven Center back in the 1800s. Our second program, in December, looked at the origins of today’s beloved Christmas symbols, and the third program, scheduled in April 2019, is yet to be announced.  

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.

The rest of the 2018/2019 programs are scheduled as follows:

  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Please check back here soon for further details about these programs. More information is also available at 

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