Gathered Wisdom, Nov 10

A weekly collection of inspiration and resources for the journey, gathered from websites, books, and pass-alongs that have been shared with us. From The Wisdom Years – Spirituality for the Last Third of Our Lives.


For thousands of years our forebears in the faith have been following the path to God, and while they may be invisible to the eye, the path they walked stretches out ahead of us, beckoning us on, as we take our turn on this journey into the heart of God. As we have followed, so others will follow us, looking for what we have left behind marking the way. 

-Br. James Koester
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

Where are we now? 

by Br. David Vryhof
Society of St. John the Evangelist

We have come, at last, to the end of one of the most bitterly contested national elections this country has ever seen.  For many of us, finally naming a winner doesn’t bring the resolution we hoped it would; it feels like we’re all on the losing side in this contest.  We are like two battered and weary fighters standing in the middle of the ring, faces bruised and bleeding, bent over with exhaustion, waiting for the referee to raise the arm of one of us.  Our country is as divided as ever.  

Read the entire essay.

FROM Society of St John the Evangelist

Prophetic Voices: Preaching and Teaching Beloved Community

An Advent podcast series
from The Episcopal Church

Across our church and our society, we are having profound dialogues about race, truth, justice, and healing. Coming this Advent, Prophetic Voices: Preaching and Teaching Beloved Community explores where that dialogue intersects with our faith. Join us and our invited guests as we share prophetic voices and explore the readings for each week of Advent and Christmas Day through the lens of social justice.

For more information.

FROM Episcopal News Service

A World of Daily Advent Meditations

For the seventh year in a row, #AdventWord will gather prayers via a global, online Advent calendar. Virginia Theological Seminary is offering meditations and images during this holy season beginning Sunday, November 29. Images and meditations can be experienced via the #AdventWord website, direct daily emails, as well as on FacebookInstagram and Twitter, and ASL videos via YouTube. This year, meditations will also be available in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.

Around the world, prayers ascend in response to the meditations. People post their reflections on their respective social media pages, tagging AdventWord on the platform. From there, AdventWord shares and reposts on each site – amplifying the prayers during this holy season. Find the social feed on our website, or on your favorite social media platform. 

Learn more.

FROM Advent Word

The Legacy Writing Workshop Series

Three online workshops from Sage-ing International

November 10 – Writing Legacies of the Virus, COVID-19 and Racism 

December 8 – The Legacy of Secrets 

January 12  – The Legacy of Messengers, Mentors, and Angels 

Legacy writing, one pathway to your spiritual self, and to a deep connection with loved ones and future generations still to come, may be best practiced in community, with a group of like-minded and unique others.  In this Sage-ing International “Beyond the Basics” online event, we hope to bring together a global circle of elders who have that goal.

For more information and to register.

FROM Sage-ing International

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Gathered Wisdom is from The Wisdom Years, a ministry that invites older adults to deepening spirituality in the last third of their lives. If someone forwarded this to you, learn more about The Wisdom Years and subscribe to the site at

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