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Know Chocolate for Lent Adult Study & Women's Retreat

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Adult Study & Women's Retreat
Know Chocolate for Lent

Use this along with Know Chocolate for Lent Formation for Kids & Families

Did you know that no fewer than seven popes made pronouncements on chocolate, all agreeing that it doesn't break the lenten fast?

Know Chocolate for Lent offers a thematic approach for communicating the message of the church seasons of Lent and Easter. The adult study and women’s retreat reflect on the film Chocolat and the implications for us as Christians. Lent is an appropriate time for reflection and study so that believers comprehend the significance of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Know Chocolate for Lent helps parishes reflect on the significance of the gifts that they often take for granted—the gift of chocolate and the gift of faith.

The adult edition of Know Chocolate for Lent includes the following features:

  • Six-session adult study designed for small group faith-sharing or class use, reflecting on the film Chocolat (you will most likely want to show scenes from the film, not included). The small group content is provided in an adult leader guide and in a reproducible participant booklet.
  • Women's Retreat: "A Chocolate Feast: Celebrating God's Goodness" • This resource incorporates the content of the above adult study into a weekend retreat format and adds additional components for group building and prayer, as well as a closing chocolate feast. The content is provided in an adult leader guide and in a reproducible participant booklet.

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Format: eResource
Product code: LR120
Dimensions: 8½" x 11"
Length: 47 pages
The Pastoral Center / LeaderResources
Written by Phyllis Vos Wezeman and Anna L. Liechty


As a religious educator, PHYLLIS VOS WEZEMAN has served as Director of Christian Nurture at a downtown congregation in South Bend, Indiana; Executive Director of the Parish Resource Center of Michiana; and Program Coordinator for ecumenical as well as interfaith organizations in Indiana and Michigan.

In academics, Phyllis has been Adjunct Faculty in the Education Department at Indiana University South Bend and in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She is an "Honorary Professor" of the Saint Petersburg (Russia) State University of Pedagogical Art where she has taught methods courses for extended periods on several occasions. She has also been guest lecturer at the Shanghai Teachers College in China.

As founder of the not-for-profit Malawi Matters, Inc., she develops and directs HIV & AIDS Education programs with thousands of volunteers in 200 villages and more than 1,500 schools in Malawi, Africa including “Creative Methods of HIV & AIDS Education,” “Culture & HIV-AIDS,” and “Equipping Women/ Empowering Girls.”

Author or co-author of over 2,000 articles and books, she has written for over 80 publishers.

Phyllis served as President of Active Learning Associates, Inc.; a consultant or board member to numerous local and national organizations such as the American Bible Society, Church World Service, LOGOS, and the Peace Child Foundation; leader of a six- week youth exchange program to Russia and Ukraine; and Project Director for four Lilley Worship Renewal grants. She is the recipient of three “Distinguished Alumni Awards," the Aggiornamento Award from the Catholic Library Association, and the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE).

Wezeman holds undergraduate degrees in Business, Communications, and General Studies from various institutions and an MS in Education from Indiana University South Bend.

Phyllis and her husband Ken (who met when they were in second and third grade in elementary school) have three children and their spouses, Stephanie (Jeff), David, and Paul (Deha); five grandchildren, Quin, Ayle, Lief, Ashley, and Jacob; and two great-grandsons, Maddox and Troy.

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ANNA LIECHTY taught English to high school students and served as adjunct faculty for Indiana University South Bend for many years. Anna also worked as a mentor trainer and teacher coach with adult learners for the Indiana Department of Education. She won numerous educational classroom grants, including the Eli Lilly Teacher Creativity grant.

As a life-long church educator, Anna worked with all age levels, directing Sunday morning and youth programming, consulting with congregations about their educational ministry, and writing a wide variety of religious education materials. She served as Vice President of Active Learning Associates and co-authored four Lilly Worship Renewal grants.

Anna’s undergraduate degree is from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and her Master’s degree from Indiana University South Bend. She was certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in Adolescent and Young Adult English Language Arts.

In retirement, Anna continues to pursue a variety of writing projects, receiving an Individual Artist Grant in Literature from the Indiana Arts Commission. Now living in Florida, Anna enjoys traveling with her husband Page Foster, a retired pastor, and counting the days between visits with six children, twelve grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

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    know Chocolate for Lent

    Posted by Christine on Jan 29th 2020

    This is an excellent study. We did it as a small group. After viewing the film and reflecting on the questions for discussion, it is amazing how the movie speaks to sin and forgiveness.