Advent Retreat: December 6, 2018
“Relational Grace: Reflecting on the Meaning of Advent” with Dr. Crystal Lucky
The literal meaning of “advent,” the arrival of a notable person, thing or event, invites us to pause and wonder. Who has come? For what purpose? And how might the noteworthy appearance affect me or my daily life? During our time together, we will consider the ways God’s gift of His Son impacts us both vertically and horizontally, how the one full of grace and truth encourages us to look up and in and out.
Dr. Crystal J. Lucky is Associate Dean of Baccalaureate Studies for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of English at Villanova University, where she has taught since 1996. She also served as the director of the University’s Africana Studies Program from 2005-2015. She teaches courses in African-American literature that focus on the works of the nineteenth century, the novels of the early twentieth century—specifically, the Harlem Renaissance, the 1930s, and the 1940s—twentieth-century short story, twentieth-century drama, and the work of novelist Toni Morrison and playwright August Wilson. She has published articles on African American women writers of the nineteenth and twentieth century and most recently published a critical edition of the autobiography of the Rev. Charlotte Riley, a nineteenth-century black preaching woman born into South Carolina slavery. A Mysterious Life and Calling: From Slavery to Ministry in South Carolina (University of Wisconsin Press, 2016). She is currently working on a new book project, titled On the Threshing Floor: The Image of African American Women’s Piety in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century. Crystal also acts as a Diversity Consultant to teachers and administrators in both public and private secondary schools on curriculum enhancement and multi-cultural community building. Finally, she is the Pastor of Sword of the Spirit Church in Lansdowne, PA, where she has served with her husband for over 25 years. She and her husband, Timmy, have been married for twenty-nine years and have one son, Caleb, who is a Junior at Villanova.
Employees, with approval from their supervisor, may attend this one half day with no loss of pay or charge to vacation time. If you have any questions about this, please contact Human Resources at x97900.
Holy Thursday Retreat: April 18, 2019
Presentation 10-noon, lunch to follow