“Aren’t there annunciations/ of one sort or another/in most lives?”
This question turns up in Denise Levertov’s poem about the Annunciation to Mary. It suggests that the story of the Annunciation to Mary, so central to our Advent observance, contains wisdom for all of us. This Advent quiet day will use poetry, visual art and our own creativity to explore the many dimensions of this story, and to invite us into deeper meditation on the often surprising ways we may be invited to say “yes” to God. Guided by Dr. Kathleen Henderson Staudt.
This will be a silent retreat outside of the presentation and discussion times.
Dr. Kathleen Henderson Staudt is a poet, scholar and spiritual director and has taught over the years at University of Maryland, College Park, Wesley Theological Seminary and Virginia Theological Seminary. She offers retreats and workshops on on writing, literature, spirituality and explorations of vocation. Serving as president of the Evelyn Underhill Association, she facilitates the annual Evelyn Underhill Day of Quiet offered on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral each year in June. She is the author of three books of poems, notably Annunciations: Poems out of Scripture, as well as two scholarly books and many articles on the artist and poet David Jones. In 2021 she was a finalist in the Paraclete Poetry Contest. Most recently she has published Shaping a Faithful Life: Discernment and Discipleship for Young Adults (2021). Kathy also teaches in the Bon Secours Spiritual Direction Institute. She is also a Companion in the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross (SCHC). More information is on her website at https://www.kathleenstaudtpoet.com .