2022 Advent & Christmas
Resources and Events
"Advent" comes from the Latin word adventus, which means "coming". The season of Advent is marked by the four Sundays (in 2022: November 27, December 4, 11, 18) leading up to Christmas. It is a season of waiting and preparing for the coming of Christ on Christmas, which lasts for 12 days until Epiphany (January 6).
The following are resources and opportunities from the wider Church. If you have resources to share, please submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abolition Advent Calendar
Looking for a meaningful way to engage Advent this year? Want to learn more about contemporary Abolition movements? The United Church of Christ’s antiracism initiative, Join the Movement Toward Racial Justice, is offering an Abolition Advent Calendar.
Daily offerings include…
Artwork – Breathing Praying Meditations by Dr. Yohana Junker
Advent scripture readings
Abolition reflections, prayers and practices
…to keep awake to the ways God’s freedom and love is unfolding in our midst.
Sign up to receive daily reflections via email, or find them on Facebook United Church of Christ, Instagram @UnitedChurchofChrist or Twitter @UnitedChurch.
View: Abolition Advent Calendar Discussion Guide for curriculum and ideas about how you might structure a discussion group using the Calendar.
In the season of Advent, where we await the coming of transformational Love in flesh and bone, connect to contemporary abolition movements and consider how you are preparing the way for Love’s birth.
From the UCC
A variety of Advent resources for worship planning, faith formation, and intergenerational activities are now available through the UCC. A number of worship planning resources were developed in partnership with the United Church of Canada. Read more about these resources and access them HERE.
Advent-Christmas devotional booklet (from UCC Minister Kathryn Schreiber):
"Advent-Christmas: Creation Awaits Christ Devotional Booklet"
contains a devotional for each week of Advent and one for Christmas; it includes chants, candle lighting prayers, readings, invitations to reflect, pray, and set a spiritual intention, as well as a closing blessing.
From Global Ministries
"Alternative Christmas" Special Giving Options
This Advent, give the true gifts of the season—hope, joy, peace, love—with an alternative Christmas gift through Global Ministries. Click HERE to learn more.
Advent and Christmas Resources
Global Ministries offers a variety of Advent and Christmas resources including webinars, reflections, advocacy, ecumenical statements and more.
Ahlan wa Sahlan! - Welcome! Advent Stories for Children
Ahlan wa Sahlan: Welcome! Advent Stories for Children is a curriculum designed to help children connect the Christmas stories in the Bible to real children who live in those places today. See how they find meaning in the stories from the Bible that happened in their hometowns!
From World Council of Churches
Stories, songs and ideas for worship services
Worship material has been prepared in different regions of the world, including two booklets with worship outlines for the four Sundays of Advent, meditations, stories and songs on peace.
Events around the Hawai‘i Conference