To Illuminate the Season
Each year, the Advent season spirals us back around the sacred texts, stories, and images that help us know who we are and where we are from as the people of Christ. Advent offers a path that may be deeply familiar to us, yet it also invites us to enter it anew, to dig deeper, to see the story of the Incarnation with eyes that are open to the surprises that hide among the habitual. This event offers an opportunity to dive into the lectionary readings for Advent and Christmas, exploring them from the inside out in order to find the treasures in the familiar texts, to follow the threads that link the texts, and to discover the connections between the Christmas story and the sacred text of our own lives.
We will use an enticing array of tools to explore the stories and images of this season, including collage, storytelling, music, writing, and lectio divina (sacred reading). Our emphasis will not be on producing finished pieces but rather on creating a treasure trove of raw materials—a portfolio-in-progress filled with ideas, images, words, stories, and insights that will inspire and ground you as you enter into Advent and Christmas as a preacher or other liturgical leader. This event offers a space for engaging the texts at the level of the soul and imagination: for doing the deep internal work that will help the Word become flesh in you, and prepare you to illuminate the season for those whom you serve.
In addition to preachers, we welcome worship leaders, liturgical artists, and others engaged in leading worshiping communities through the liturgical seasons.