Advent Series – Interrupted by Hope
The purpose of Advent is to make us pregnant with hope. For many, the holiday season is not filled with joy, family, and gifts, but anxiety, stress, and despair. Advent seeks to reframe our experiences with new expectations, expectations that will not disappoint. It is the expectancy that new life will start to grow within all of us. However, we must be willing to make room for an interruption. Can we make that space to receive this gift?
These films are provided to help bring our attention to the season, to a sacred, different time. Each can be used in a communal or individual setting. May God use this time as a fresh breath, a new life within you and among you. May the stirrings of this season take root within you, extend and serve the world through you.
The videos and discussion guide in this series are available for download. We’ve even created versions for ibook or Android if you’re into that sort of thing. Fill out the quick form at the bottom of this page to access this content.
SESSION TITLES AND FILMS
Advent week 1.1 – Advent as Reorientation – Brian Zahnd “Learning How to Hope”
Advent week 1.2 – Christmas as Incarnation – Parker Palmer “The Risk of Incarnation”
Advent week 2.1 – Advent as Wisdom – Richard Rohr “The Welcoming of a Bigger Mind”
Advent week 3.1 – Advent as Breaking the Circle – Wm. Paul Young “Coming to Find Us”
Advent week 3.2 – Advent as Imagination – Marlon Hall “Fully Human”
Advent week 4.1 – Advent as Subversion – Richard Rohr “Bearing the Divine Through the Ordinary”
Advent week 4.2 – Advent as Already – Rudy Rasmus “A Resurrected Christmas”
Advent week 5 (Christmas) – Christmas as Embodiment – Barbara Brown Taylor “Matter Matters”
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