Child of the Light

Walking Through Advent and Christmas

This eCourse is open for registration.

Course material will be available November 15.

Upper Room author Beth A. Richardson invites you to experience the weeks before Christmas differently this year. “We all need this time of Advent to slow us down, to open our ears to God’s quiet voice, to guide us through the chaos of the consumerist culture that Christmas has become.”

Child of the Light provides tools to help you find your quiet center. Our eCourse invites you to find that quiet center with friends old and new. Enter with Beth into readings and reflections inspired by the season’s carols and hymns. Your spirit will be lifted and your mind quieted. The experience extends past Christmas to Epiphany, encouraging you to live into the joy of Christmas beyond seasonal celebrations.

Our eCourse includes:

  • Live times of worship and reflection with Beth each week—online.
    • Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Central Time, December 2—January 6. (All sessions will be recorded and available for those unable to be present for the live event.)
    • December 23 and 30 sessions will be pre-recorded.
  • All daily readings from Beth’s book Child of the Light which offer a brief meditation for each day of Advent.
  • Audio recordings of Beth and friends highlighting the carols and hymns of the season
  • A space for online conversation
  • Everything essential for the eCourse is accessible via computer, tablet, or phone.

Join by yourself and meet new friends. Join as a group of 5 or more, and we'll open a private classroom for your group. For information on private classrooms and group discounts, email us at [email protected]

Your Instructor

Beth A. Richardson
Beth A. Richardson

Beth A. Richardson serves as the director of prayer and Upper Room worship life at The Upper Room and dean of The Upper Room Chapel. She has worked at The Upper Room in various roles, including editor of Alive Now and director of The Upper Room’s website. An Oklahoma native, she is an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church and is a member of the Mountain Sky Conference. Beth holds a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Oklahoma City University. Follow her writings at

Course Content

  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: What Child Is This?
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The eCourse starts when you are ready to begin and will remain open indefinitely. It’s self-paced, so you can decide when to start and when to finish. The live elements of this course will follow the 2019 Advent calendar.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like—across any devices you own. We’ll give you plenty of notice should we need to close the eCourse.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We don’t want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days, and we will give you a full refund.
Who sponsors these online courses?
These online courses are brought to you by The Upper Room.

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