IFD266 – Singing Mary’s Song: An Advent Message of Hope and Deliverance
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We welcome you to join this Advent eRetreat from The Upper Room! Participate on your own or join with a small group from your congregation or with a group of friends from across the country for this unique opportunity to meet together online through Advent.
Mary’s song — the Magnificat from the Gospel of Luke — is a song of praise to God that Mary sings after she learns she will give birth to the Messiah. It is also an aria of freedom and hope for the homeless, the hungry, the refugee, and the powerless. This Advent eRetreat encourages focus on the promise of hope and deliverance found in Mary’s song through each day of this busy season.
Throughout Advent, you’ll reflect on daily meditations from Jon A. Strohman’s book, Singing Mary’s Song, to listen to guided audio reflections, and to discuss in small groups—all from their computer or mobile device.
No book purchase is required for this year’s eRetreat. Should you choose to purchase a print copy of the book as a part of this class, a 20% discount will be available.
Sharon Conley Cottingham
Sharon has worked at The Upper Room since 2005. Much of that time has included involvement with some aspect of Companions in Christ® –leading training events, working with training teams, marketing Companions resources, developing the Companions websites, even serving with a Companions training team in South Africa. Currently, Sharon’s work at the Upper Room is focused on eLearning and broadly connected to all Upper Room resources. She creates, leads, and develops online learning programs that feature Upper Room Books, Magazines, and Programs.
Before joining the staff at The Upper Room, Sharon worked with college students at Florida Atlantic University and graduate students at Vanderbilt University with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. While working with IVCF, she completed her Master of Arts in Theological Studies at Regent College (Vancouver, BC) both through their extension program and while on sabbatical in Vancouver.
Sharon is very happy these days to live in Nashville in a little house just a mile from 2,600 acres of preserved hiking land. She lives there with her husband Stephen (an Elder in the United Methodist Church). She enjoys visiting family in South Florida, hiking and biking the hills of Tennessee, traveling with Stephen, and growing more flexible via her yoga class.