When the headlines bleed and your relatives are screaming at each other online, who knows what “home for the holidays” is going to mean this year? What happens when those December dates that used to bring such joy (the ones that once set the steady rhythm of your spiritual journey each year) suddenly don’t provide the reliable comfort they used to? Instead of being more deeply connected to God, family, and faith community, our world seems to be sneering at the season.
We’ve been listening.
We’ve heard a lot from our friends this season – Jesus-followers and spiritual free-agents, activists and artists, ministers and moms – that you just can’t this Christmas: shopping for gifts, making plans to see family, lighting the Advent candles, awaiting the birth of the Christ-child anew. It all feels so remote.Many of us are struggling. What on earth does ‘Emmanuel’ mean when the world’s going mad?
If you’re here right now, you’re in good company.
While the Religious Right is once again gearing up its theatrics about a made-up “War on Christmas,” you’ve been waking up to the reality that education cutbacks, healthcare decimation, immigrant intimidation, war agitating, and the reality televisionification of our politics and cultural discourse amount to nothing less than a War on Advent. Advent, a word we often don’t even hear any more: the often-overlooked season preceding Christmas, where the open-hearted, empty-handed friends of God have recognized for millennia that when all is bleakest, this is preciselywhen we let go of our burdens and wait. Spiritual and cultural ideals have been hijacked this season by many politicians and preachers who want to “Make America Great Again.” But there’s an alternative. We’re creating a pop-up community – to help each other Make Advent Great Again.
We’re giving you daily reflections that plant potent seeds of hope to counter the weeds of that Grinch-ly other MAGA. We’re offering a weekly check-in video that you can tune into live (or whenever you want) where we’ll cover:
- Mother Mary and Us: Recovering a Radical Christmas of Renewal & Resistance
- How to Go Home for the Holidays without Losing Your Soul
- Grounding in the Ultimate Gift: The Advent of Us
- We’re providing a private, safer-space discussion group where we can be totally honest about our struggles and breakthroughs. A ‘home base’ to truly Make Advent Great Again, one day at a time
In other words, we’re creating a pop-up community for holiday resistance and renewal.
The cost? Contribute whatever you can to help make this possible for everyone. The suggested donation is $20, but no one is turned down for lack of funds.
Make Advent Great Again will feature reflections from…
Diana Butler Bass
Grace Ji-Sun Kim
Micky ScottBey Jones
Jasmin Pittman Morrell