IFD267 – Taste and See: Experiencing the Stories of Advent and Christmas – Taste and See: Experiencing the Stories of Advent and Christmas

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Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be present in the Christmas story? How might you have felt if you were Zechariah or Elizabeth, Mary or Joseph? What if you had been an angel, a shepherd, or one of the wise men? In this online retreat featuring Jan Johnson’s Advent guide, you’ll be invited to become a part of the events surrounding the birth of the Christ child. You’ll be invited to “taste and see”–to live inside the story for a while.

Our eRetreat includes:

  • Audio
  • Video
  • Guided group discussion
  • All content from the book, TASTE and SEE (Scripture readings, guidance for using imagination to enter the narrative, cultural and historical details that expand the reading experience)

Join in alone and meet a new group of friends online or join with a group of friends. Together, you’ll engage in a unique combination of Bible study and experiential learning that will create opportunities to hear from God in fresh and renewing ways.

Price: $50.00

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Jan Johnson

JanJohnsonJan Johnson is a writer, speaker, and spiritual director who holds degrees in Christian education and spirituality. She is the author of seventeen books including Enjoying the Presence of God, When the Soul Listens, Savoring God’s Word, and many magazine articles. She is also a frequent retreat and conference speaker. For more information about her writings and speaking engagements see


Sharon Conley Cottingham

sharon-conley-headshotSharon 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.