Registration Now Open for Nov. 28-Jan. 6 Online Advent Retreat

November 17, 2010

Facilitator is member of Willow Glen UMC in San Jose

Ingrid Quigley's experience with an online blog last year proved so significant that this year she's taking it a step further – and extending the opportunity to others.
Last year Quigley used the Upper Room book, The Uncluttered Heart, by Beth A. Richardson for her daily devotion and discipline in the midst of the "Christmas chaos of December," visiting Richardson's blog site every day from the first Sunday in Advent through Epiphany.
But this year Richardson is partnering with to offer the Advent experience in an online retreat format, using online course software through Southwestern College. When she asked for facilitators in hopes of reaching a new audience of people of faith, Quigley, a member of Willow Glen UMC in San Jose, quickly jumped on board.
"While I'm not a huge fan of technology, I do use it and hope this retreat will reach folks who don't seem to be able to come to a physical (church) space to engage in spiritual reflection. I also hope to connect with others in our Conference, to share this reflective journey which is very important to me. In the past I have done my own personal reflections during Advent because it seems my local church friends don't have the time to come together much."
She says she wants to help guide others through the season of preparing hearts, homes, and spirits for the coming of the Christ child.
The online retreat, "Uncluttering Your Heart During Advent and Christmas," facilitated by Quigley, begins November 28, 2010 (the first Sunday of Advent) and goes to Epiphany, January 6, 2011. Go to to register.
The fee of $40 covers a facilitated small group experience, a digital copy of the book, the use of the online software, and any necessary technical support.
"The cost is less than daily trips to a meeting location and the snacks we all love to have with small groups," Quigley points out.
Participants will receive daily encouragement and receive support from others on the journey.
"This online retreat will help you make time for God during the busy days of Advent and Christmas. Plan to log in daily at a time of day which is convenient to your own schedule. A missed day may be made up the following day, but the discipline of daily study will be valuable to the journey through Advent," Quigley says. "I pray that people across the Conference who don't otherwise engage in regular spiritual disciplines will sign up, so we can expand the mission of the Church to make disciples."
For more information about the retreat format, contact Ingrid Quigley at 408.209.4430 or