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.
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.
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 Facebook, Instagram 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.
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.
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