While Waiting — an Advent Bread Baking Retreat Day


While Waiting —

an Advent Bread Baking Retreat Day

Saturday, December 11, 2021
10:00am to 2:30pm, CST
On site and on Zoom
All faith traditions and spiritual paths are welcome.

The simple task of bread baking replaces pre-holiday busyness and claims Christmas giving as something that comes from our hands and heart. Whole wheat flour, water, yeast, salt, honey, oil — simple ingredients are combined and kneaded into a loaf to be baked and served as an expression of love for those we care about. Patient waiting for the dough to rise calls to mind all that we wait for in our lives, claiming it as sacred time to reflect and to pray.

This retreat experience will take place both on Zoom and on site at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois where vaccination and masks are required and appropriate distancing will be observed. All are asked to be present for the entire four and a half hour retreat.

The presenter is Br. Joseph Kilikevice, OP, a friar of the Dominican Order, the founding director of the Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality, Oak Park, Illinois, and a director of interfaith retreats. He seeks to bring peace into the world through interreligious understanding and respect.

This retreat will take place at St.Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, IL

The Rev. George D. Smith, Rector
393 N. Main St.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 858-1020, ext. 222

Br. Joseph Kilikevice, OP
Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality
708 N.Harvey Ave
Oak Park, IL  60302

WHILE WAITING, an Advent Bread Baking Retreat Day, Saturday, 12/11/21
Registration before December 9, 2021 is required.

CLICK HERE! to register for the retreat
CLICK HERE! to make your donation. Options are PayPal or Electronic Payment (credit/debit card)
Choose Advent Retreat as your option.

IN PERSON (covid vaccination required):

Access the zoom link here:

Shem Center and St. Mark’s will share your donations.
Thank you for your generosity.

Ingredients and utensils will be provided for those attending the retreat in person.
Recipe, ingredients and utensils for those participating on zoom follow.

Shem Center Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

1/2 cup honey and 1/4 cup molasses
3 cups boiling water and 1 cup cold water
3 packages of dry yeast, or 4 tablespoons of bulk yeast
1/4 cup Canola oil
10 cups whole wheat flour, divided & placed in two 3 X 5” paper lunch bags
1 teaspoon salt
(bake @350 degrees for 40 minutes, more or less)

You will also need:
1 very large mixing bowl
1 8 oz. measuring cup
1  16 oz. glass measuring cup
1 very large spoon for mixing ingredients
1 tablespoon measuring spoon
1 kettle for boiling water
1 bread dough scraper
4 baking pans, 8.5” X 4.5”, nonstick if possible,
(1 can of Pam vegetable spray if nonstick is unavailable)
1 very sharp knife to score loaves before baking
wax paper and kitchen towels to cover loaves while rising
oven @ 350 degrees plus a timer
wire racks for cooling loaves
4 plastic bags with twist ties