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Journey to Christmas: An Adult Religious Education Series for Advent
December 5, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until December 19, 2021
Facilitated by Melinda Wenner Bradley, this four-week series will explore the time of expectant waiting before Christmas with scripture, discussion, guided activities, prayers, and readings. We will explore elements of the Nativity story each week through the lens of liberation theology and our own hopes and leadings for peace and justice in the world.
- November 28: Prophets Watch and Wait
- December 5: Mothering a New World Into Being
- December 12: Messengers and Visitors
- December 19: The Child Who Will Change Everything
Participants will need a journal, and it’s recommended but not required that they have a copy of the book, Keep Watch with Me: An Advent Reader for Peacemakers (see description below). Passages from the book will also be provided for the sessions. Participants will be encouraged to use the daily devotionals in the book in the days between our times together.
- When: Sunday evenings, 7:00-8:30pm ET
- Where: Online using Zoom
- Who: Adult Friends and interested Young Friends (high school) are welcome
- If you’re interested in registering or have questions: please contact Melinda by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep Watch With Me: An Advent Reader for Peacemakers is a collaborative daily devotional featuring diverse contributors: black, white, LGBTQ, Latinx, Palestinian, incarcerated, Native American, Australian, Americans, Irish, South African, clergy, laity, activists, authors, organizers, and more. The season of Advent, as the church prepares for the birth of Christ, is a penitential season of reckoning with our need and the needs of the world. Keep Watch With Me offers stories, reflections, prayers, and spiritual practices to sustain and challenge the faith of those who work for justice and peace, and long for the coming of God with us.
Melinda Wenner Bradley is a member of West Chester Meeting and serves the Yearly Meeting as the Youth Religious Life Coordinator. Melinda holds a MA in Education and is currently a Master of Divinity degree candidate at Lancaster Theological Seminary. She is a frequent workshop leader and facilitates programs for all ages of Friends.