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Preparing to Become the Beloved Community curriculum revised for Advent 2020

Advent and Christmas resources available
November 4, 2020

New and updated Advent and Christmas resources for congregations, dioceses, and communities of faith are available, with additional resources coming soon. Available now: Preparing to Become the Beloved Community Advent curriculum; Way of Love Digital Invitation Kit; updated Journeying the Way of Love Advent calendar and curriculum; AdventWord 2020; Episcopal Migration Ministries Refugee Prayer Vigil. And be sure to sign up for daily Advent and Christmas emails. Find Advent and Christmas resources from The Episcopal Church here.

New for Advent 2020 is a five-session podcast series, Prophetic Voices: Preaching and Teaching Beloved Community, hosted by the Rev. Isaiah “Shaneequa” Brokenleg, Episcopal Church staff officer for Racial Reconciliation. Prophetic Voices explores where that dialogue intersects with faith. Join Brokenleg and invited guests as they share prophetic voices and explore the readings for each week of Advent and Christmas Day through the lens of social justice. Learn more about this podcast here.

Now available:

Preparing to Become the Beloved Community (available in English, Spanish, and French): Revised to reflect the Year B readings, this resource features reflections by people from across The Episcopal Church who are committed to the work of fostering Beloved Communities where all people may experience dignity and abundant life and see themselves and others as beloved children of God. The Episcopal Church Racial Reconciliation Department will produce a version of the curriculum for Year C in 2021, and a version for Year A in 2022. Learn more here.

Journeying the Way of Love Advent curriculum and Advent calendar (available in English, Spanish, and French): A four-week Advent curriculum and Advent calendar pegged to readings and themes from the first two chapters of the Gospel of Luke that incorporates Way of Love practices and the nativity/infancy narrative of Jesus.

Digital Invitation Kits for Advent and Christmas (Advent kits available in English and Spanish; Christmas kits available in English, Spanish, and French): Continuing the invitation to connect The Way of Love, Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life more deeply to the seasons of the year, these kits include customizable posters, postcard, and flyer; a social media-ready graphic; and a Facebook cover image.

#AdventWord (available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole): For the seventh year in a row, #AdventWord will gather prayers via a global, online advent calendar beginning Sunday, November 29. Learn how you can participate in #AdventWord here.

Daily Advent and Christmas emails: From Advent 1 through Christmas Day, daily emails will feature the reflection from AdventWord, the daily practice from the Journeying the Way of Love Advent calendar, and a resource from The Episcopal Church. For the Twelve Days of Christmas, the newsletter will highlight one new Way of Love resource from the last year. Sign up to receive the Daily Advent and Christmas emails here.

Episcopal Migration Ministries Refugee Prayer Vigil: EMM’s vigil, modeled off a ‘Blue Christmas’ prayer service, invites prayer and reflection on Advent themes in a world being transformed by forced migration. Learn more here.

Watch for these resources in the coming weeks:

  • Sermons for Advent and Christmas
  • Bulletin inserts
  • Episcopal Church Global Partnerships Global Advent Reflections
  • Christmas video message
  • Christmas readings
  • Digital Christmas card

CONTACT:
Nancy Cox Davidge
Public Affairs Officer