“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.