Sisters in Scripture
First Week of 2021's Advent
12/1/2021  Kathleen MacInnis Kichline

Retro Wednesday this first week of Advent. I am sharing last year's post of how to make a child-friendly Advent wreath and the prayer used through a couple generations now. 

Different people can take different roles--even the youngest can ask, "why do we light...?"
Another can answer, someone can say the prayer, and of course, yet another can begin
it all by lighting the candles. If it's just adults, you may want to omit #1.

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 Assisi Follow-up: More Good News

MAGDALA is the online journal born of the Assisi Colloquy that could not convene due to Covid-19. The website for that is now up and running and can be accessed here:  MAGDALA. There is much more still to be added--including the first journal edition in November. That edition on the Holy Spirit will include my article on Teresa of Avila and Her Poetry. I'll let you know once that appears. Meanwhile, MAGDALA has provided a link to my website--nice. The journal comes out of Italy and will be offered in three languages: English, Italian and French. Guess we've now gone international! 

Spiritual Direction

A more apt name might be "spiritual companioning.”  I often think of the disciples on the Road to Emmaus when doing Spiritual Direction.  On life's road, Christ draws alongside, unseen but ever present, though we are often only partially aware.  Spiritual Direction is intentional attentiveness to that Presence in the company of an other who walks that same journey.  To read more about this gentle disciple, go to the Spiritual Direction page on this website.
Spiritual Direction with Kathleen is also available via phone/Skype or in person at either of two locations: Lynnwood, WA (occasionally) and Bella Vista, AR (regularly). For more information on Spiritual Direction please contact Kathleen! 

 Bible Studies

Sisters in Scripture offers a variety of studies available for purchase from this site. Each study seeks to prayerfully engage the scriptures to arrive at meaning for today and in our everyday lives.  To do so, we enter the story through the lens of various biblical characters using both biblical scholarship and our own creative imagination. 
Each chapter includes Background, Prayer, Reflection Questions, and a Closer Look at the Text.  To see the full line of studies, go to  the Bible Studies page or the Purchase Books page on this site.
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 What is Sisters in Scripture? 
Sisters in Scripture began as a bible study for women and while it still is that today, the ministry has grown into much more.  Bible Studies were followed by workshops and presentations which evolved into a full line of retreat offerings—some as short as a partial day, others over several days, on a rich variety of topics. 
Recently, online retreats have been added to in-person retreats

 Retreats and Presentations

As with the interactive focus in my studies, the retreats are also designed to help participants enter into and experience the theme through a variety of modalities: prayer, silence, presentation, discussion, music, art, poetry, etc. 
In addition to leading retreats, for the past four years, I have been co-teaching a course on Spiritual Retreats in the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University, a sacred task that allows retreat ministry to expand through the future ministries of those I teach.

 Upcoming 2021 Retreats

 Once Blessed is She Who Believed... (Luke 1:45)

This NEW Advent retreat takes us to the scene after the Annunciation, to Mary's encounter with Elizabeth in the Visitation. The joy of the Magnificat, the tender scene of reunion and the friendship is a perfect way to celebrate this wonderful season!

Available Retreats
A partial list of retreat offerings would include:
  • Once Upon a Time in a Town Called Nazareth,
  • The Women Who Follow Jesus
  • Four Women Doctors of the Church 
  • Giving Voice to Our Hearts
  • Women of the Early Church
  • Two Theresa's
  • The Devotional Life of Biblical Women
  • At the Foot of the  Cross
  • Rachel and Leah: At Odds with Ourselves
  • God's Gift of Abundant Time (also a book!
  • Mary Magdalene: Fact and Fiction - What Would Snopes Say?
  • Teresa of Avila: Her Poetry as Window Into Her Life
  • Hildegard of Bingen: A "Contemporary" Contemplative
  • Prisca: Paul's Right-Hand-Woman
  • Miriam of Exodus: the Girl Who Watched by the Nile
  • Grandparents of Jesus (also a book!) 
  • The First Supper
  • Witnesses on the Way: an Interactive Stations of the Cross
  • Encounters with the Risen Lord
  • Grandmother God: Loving as God Loves (also a book!)
  • An Evening with Esther
  • Wisdom from Tobit
To View Photos of a previous Retreat, Once Upon a Time in a Town Called Nazareth, click on the link.  

 Comments from Retreat Participants

Thank you so much for the Saturday session. It was informative and also fun! I liked the way you involved all of us. I am always impressed by your knowledge and the obvious love you have for teaching. - LF, Arkansas

I really appreciate your gentle welcoming presence. I benefit not just from the content of your sessions, but from the gems you drop along the way. - MW, Washington

I think the audience participation was the best I have seen. I also think that your detailed knowledge of the multiple subjects was truly impressive. – KB, Connecticut
I feel it is such a privilege to read the materials and then hear your lectures and to be with such equally interested and interesting women. What a great experience it has been for me. Thanks for being the wonderful scholar and teacher you are. – PH, Minnesota

This is one of the best things that I have done for myself in months. I thoroughly enjoyed the time. It was well spent. I was very satisfied with the content and would be very interested in more courses like this. - KW, Washington 
A comment from Julie Joslund, Pastor:
Kathleen and Betsey’s Advent Retreat Once Upon a Time in a Town Called Nazareth is fabulous! The story and the inspiration of young Mary becoming the mother of our Lord - with all the incumbent questions, joys and fears - comes to life with the images, colors, words, songs and dances from long ago Nazareth…. right up to today. Participants are involved and included in the retreat experience. It is hands on and fulfilling. Everyone goes away with a full heart, ready to engage the season of Advent and the coming once again of Christ into our days. 

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