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Spiritual Practices: Advent & Christmas

resources to support contemplative beginners and adepts, including individuals, families, small groups and congregational practices

Books & Devotionals

Advent in Plain Sight     The adventure is beginning               Embodied Light     9781506480565h     I Am Mary Advent Devotional     In Days to Come          The Living Nativity     Mandalas, Candles, and Prayer     Meeting the Messiah     Open Our Eyes     Pauses for Advent     Prepare the Way     Simply Wait     A Star-filled Grace     A Surprising God     This Here Flesh by Cole Arthur Riley          Traveling with our Ancestors Advent Devotional     The Uncluttered Heart     The Wondrous Mystery

Jan Richardson has graciously given copyright permission for using her work online. Her writing is appropriate for worship, contemplative practices, family devotions and small group discussions.

Keeping Watch Under Pandemic Skies provides an opportunity to claim sacred space on the grounds surrounding the church building and unfolds from the Wednesday before Advent begins (November 25) through Epiphany Day (January 6); includes a reading, reflection, prayer, song and an action for meditation and prayer.

Online Devotionals

Preorder This Here Flesh (Penguin; 02.22.22) by November 28th and receive an invitation to a four-part series intentional virtual space: Sunday evenings during Advent, gather by candlelight for a brief reflection, practice breathing and silence, and learn to wait together through the dark.

Additional liturgical elements following four themes - The Wait, The Silence, The Body, and The Dark - will be shared throughout the season via Patreon. Discover written content and liturgies by becoming a Black Liturgies patron here.

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Intergenerational Practices

The word "Advent" spelled in scrabble letters with greens in background.Gathering to Write: An Intergenerational Advent Practice

By Lauren Graeber (she/her/hers) on Sep 26, 2022 12:00 pm

Writing is a way of paying close attention to our lives. Finding just the right words to describe our thoughts, emotions, and experiences can be an act of holy gratitude and a way of opening ourselves to God’s ongoing work within us. When we write alongside others and share some of the words we’ve found, we build trust and community among ourselves.

Download the full Gathering to Write PDF here.