to Apr 9

Second Tuesdays Programs

The DeKoven Center’s popular Second Tuesdays series returns this year, 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 will explore an aspect of the DeKoven Center’s history, while the second program will address a spiritual topic. And the third program, scheduled in spring of 2019, will have an educational focus.  

All Second Tuesdays programs are held in Taylor Hall and run from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Tuesday of specific months. In addition to the presentation, each session offers time for coffee and conversation.

The 2018/2019 programs are scheduled as follows:

  •  10 a.m. Tuesday, October 9 - "Evergreen Cemetery, Camp Utley and other Interesting Bits of Racine History," with author George Fennell.  

Travel back to the 1800s, when the Evergreen Cemetery was located along Racine's lakefront, just south of the DeKoven Center, and Camp Utley, a Civil War training camp, bordered what was then the Racine College campus. George Fennell, author of a half-dozen books about Racine history (and a retired Racine County Deputy Sheriff) will share his knowledge of what life in Racine was like more than 100 years ago. 

  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 11 - "And What Happened Before That?: A Journey to the Origins of Contemporary Christmas Iconage," with Rev. Angie Buchanan

Whimsical elves, a jolly man in a red suit, holly wreaths, flying reindeer and decorated evergreens that glitter in the darkness. What do these and other beloved symbols have to do with Christmas and the birth of Jesus? And how did the two become intertwined? Join us for a wonder-full journey to a land long ago, when the people of the earth watched the skies and huddled together for warmth and survival, telling stories and waiting for the long dark nights to end.

Rev. Buchanan, of Earth Traditions Church, returns to DeKoven to share stories and lore about the pre-Christian traditions of the indigenous peoples of Europe.  

  • 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Please check back here soon for further details about these programs. More information is also available at www.facebook.com/DeKovenRetreats. 

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to Oct 28

Creative Space

Creative Space is a weekend retreat that gives artists of all stripes - from poets and bookmakers to photographers, dancers, musicians, crafters and more - the time and space  to work on their art. Participants are invited, but not required, to share their creative projects, and impromptu workshops sometimes occur. Time is also offered for participants to get to know one another, during evening cocktail hours.  

Overnight accommodations are available in Taylor Hall; attendees are also welcome to commute to the retreat. Retreat fees for overnight guests are $210 for a single room and $200 for a shared room. Commuter rate is $125. Meals are included. 

Registration forms and other information are available from Pam Smiley at psmiley@carthage.edu. 


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to Dec 2

Advent Retreat

This year's Advent Retreat begins with a reception at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and runs through brunch on Sunday, Dec. 2.

It will be framed by a series of readings, written by the Rev. Travis DuPriest from his homilies for Advent and Christmas, and presented by Max Dershem, executive director of the DeKoven Center. Travis’ thought-provoking homilies are based on various participants in the Christmas story, providing a unique outlook on the season.  

Guests can choose to be in silence if they wish.

Cost, including accommodations and meals, is $225 per person.

To register and for more information, call 262-633-6401, ext. 110.

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