Archives for November 2012

Rejoice? Rejoice!

[MaineStewards] When Mallory was very small, I decided that our family would live into the season of Advent. I would make it part of her early spiritual formation that, for us, Christmas would be the start of the season, not the end of it. Like many new moms with great ideas, I went a little […]

Advent: Taking it to the streets

(But let’s wait until December…)

[Episcopal Church Foundation]It’s nearly December; for weeks now the media – traditional and social – has increasingly ramped up its Christmas messaging. With Thanksgiving behind us – and despite having a week plus between turkey day and December 1 – all things fall have mostly disappeared as people rush headfirst into Christmas and Advent, using […]

Advent calendars for 2012

[Building Faith] Over time, Advent calendars became more sophisticated with little doors that contained candy or a Bible verse. During World War II, the production of Advent calendars was halted in Germany. After the war, the custom spread to the United States. Many families make their own calendars using pictures, candies or trinkets. The origin […]

Observing Advent in Washington, DC

[Episcopal Diocese of Washington] Advent begins this Sunday, bringing four weeks of preparation and reflection before Christmas. This week, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori gave her Advent message, asking “What is it that you are most waiting for?” Find a way to make Advent a meaningful season for you as you wait: Follow an Advent […]

Advent 2012 resources and reflections

A collection of resources and reflections to help you to observe Advent 2012.

World Council sees positive step in Palestine upgrade at the UN

The newly upgraded status of Palestine in the United Nations (UN) is viewed as a positive step in the direction toward peace and a reaffirmation of the World Council of Churches (WCC) long-term commitment to a two-state solution, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary said on Friday. “It is now up to the […]

CREDO offers daily Advent reflections

[CREDO] Advent can open us to new life and new possibility, if we have the patience for its unfolding. Join CREDO faculty member, priest, and author Brian Taylor during this Advent season for a quiet moment of morning reflection—or build an Advent series in your church or community around Brian’s short reflections. Advent: God’s Victorious […]

Canada: Tune in to our Advent podcasts

[Anglican Church of Canada] Let General Synod’s Advent podcasts be your companion this season. Take them for a morning walk. Listen while you do the dishes. They are designed as devotional anchors during a time often stuffed with tinsel and parties. The Rev. Dr. Arthur Boers is the writer and presenter of Fully Present, the […]

Newark diocese offer Advent email meditations

[Episcopal Diocese of Newark] Once again the Christian Formation Commission will offer daily meditations during the season of Advent, which begins December 2. Each day you will receive a scripture reading, a reflection on that reading and a short prayer. Join us as we journey together in anticipation of our Saviour’s birth. We hope that […]

Young Adult and Campus Ministries launches Advent meditation blog

[Episcopal Young Adult and Campus Ministries] For years, the Young Adult and Campus Ministries Office has created Advent Meditation Guides.  In the past, these have been printed in booklets and PDF documents. This year, we are taking it virtual by inviting young adults and people who work and minister with young adults to write a blog […]