Holy Darkness

an Advent retreat with Jane Vennard


Holy Darkness

We have tended to associate light with the Divine and darkness with evil, but spiritual masters throughout the ages remind us that much of the spiritual journey is in darkness. The psalmist reminds us that God waits for us in the dark:

"For You darkness is not dark, and night shines as the day. Darkness and light are the same."  Ps 139:12

As the days grow darker during the season of Advent, we have the opportunity to explore the experience of darkness in our own lives and discover the light that rests there. Our morning will include periods for presentation, reflection and sharing as well as time for silence and prayer.

Holy Darkness

December 9, 2017
Virginia Village Library
1500 S. Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80222 (map)

Fee: $20 at the door
Reserve your space by Thursday December 7th:  email to wisdom@cfsaw.org or use our contact form

Jane Vennard

Jane Vennard is John Wesley Iliff Senior Adjunct Instructor in spirituality at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. She earned her B.A. from Wellesley College, her M.A. from Stanford University and her M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She was called to a special ministry of teaching and spiritual direction and ordained in the United Church of Christ. Jane is a spiritual director in private practice and a long time member of Spiritual Directors International.

In addition to Iliff, Jane has taught at the Pacific School of Religion, Vancouver School of Theology, Columbia Seminary, and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She is also a regular faculty presenter with The Upper Room Academy for Spiritual Formation and teaches classes in a variety of ecumenical settings, leads retreats internationally, and is the author of numerous articles and eight books: Praying for Friends and Enemies (1995), Praying with Body and Soul (l998), Be Still: Designing and Leading Contemplative Retreats(2000), Embracing the World: Praying for Justice and Peace (2003), winner of the Colorado Book Award, A Praying Congregation: The Art of Teaching Spiritual Practice (2005), The Way of Prayer (2007), Fully Awake and Truly Alive: Spiritual Practices to Nurture Your Soul (2013), and Teaching - The Spiritual Art: The Joy of Opening Minds and Hearts (2015). Jane lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband Jim Laurie, a retired Presbyterian minister.

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