Each Monday-Friday you will get an email with a 5 minute Advent reflection at 3pm Eastern//12pm Pacific
You will get access to a private Facebook group where you can discuss, share, and reflect
There will also be a LIVE session every Monday starting: Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, and Dec. 18
When the headlines bleed and your relatives are screaming at each other online, who knows what "home for the holidays" is going to mean this year? What happens when those December dates that used to bring such joy (the ones that once set the steady rhythm of your spiritual journey each year) suddenly don’t provide the reliable comfort they used to? Instead of being more deeply connected to God, family, and faith community, our world seems to be sneering at the season.
We’ve been listening.
We’ve heard a lot from our friends this season - Jesus-followers and spiritual free-agents, activists and artists, ministers and moms - that you just can’t this Christmas: shopping for gifts, making plans to see family, lighting the Advent candles, awaiting the birth of the Christ-child anew. It all feels so remote.Many of us are struggling. What on earth does ‘Emmanuel’ mean when the world’s going mad?
While the Religious Right is once again gearing up its theatrics about a made-up "War on Christmas," you've been waking up to the reality that education cutbacks, healthcare decimation, immigrant intimidation, war agitating, and the reality televisionification of our politics and cultural discourse amount to nothing less than a War on Advent. Advent, a word we often don’t even hear any more: the often-overlooked season preceding Christmas, where the open-hearted, empty-handed friends of God have recognized for millennia that when all is bleakest, this is precisely when we let go of our burdens and wait. Spiritual and cultural ideals have been hijacked this season by many politicians and preachers who want to "Make America Great Again." But there’s an alternative. We’re creating a pop-up community - to help each other Make Advent Great Again.
We’re giving you daily reflections that plant potent seeds of hope to counter the weeds of that Grinch-ly other MAGA. We’re offering a weekly check-in video that you can tune into live (or whenever you want) where we’ll cover:
The cost? Contribute whatever you can to help make this possible for everyone. The suggested donation is $20, but no one is turned down for lack of funds.
Diana Butler Bass
Grace Ji-Sun Kim
Micky ScottBey Jones
Jasmin Pittman Morrell