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Advent ideas

What are you doing to keep Advent this year? Share your ideas in the comments. Here are a few offerings:

The Anglican Communion Office is asking people to post images on Twitter as a response to the word of the day. A single word is suggested and it is interesting to see how many different ideas come to mind that people share. Click here to see what has been posted from around the world.

From Odyssey Networks:

On Scripture -The Bible brings Scripture to life by linking the weekly reading from the Christian Revised Common Lectionary with a short video based on a news story, along with a commentary by one of America’s leading bible scholars drawn from a roster representing fifteen denominations.

Launched in 2011 as a preaching tool to help America’s clergy interpret current events through the enduring lens of Scripture, On Scripture – The Bible has grown into a popular resource now being used by lay leaders, congregations and seminarians, as well.

Odyssey Networks just received a grant from the Lilly Foundation for $1.25 million.

Odyssey’s latest video and Bible study is for Advent 2: Isaiah 40:1-11

Episcopal Divinity School has daily meditations for Advent with the Dean Katherine Hancock Ragsdale. Friday’s message, O Come O Come Emmanuel is here.

Jane Redmont is offering an online Advent Retreat: Whirlwinds and Waiting: Advent Peace in Turbulent Times is designed especially for those who find this season difficult or challenging, offers a gentle, supportive online space. You can find out more here.

I am reading Night Visions: searching the shadows of Advent and Christmas by Jan Richardson. This book explores darkness as good and holy. An excerpt:

darkness can
become the
tending place
in which our
longings for
healing, justice,
and peace grow
and come to


Looking forward to hearing from you about your Advent Practice.


posted by Ann Fontaine


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Sylvia Miller-Mutia

Here is a link to a bunch of Advent Prayer resources we’ve created for St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, San Francisco. More to come….

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