Advent Meditations and Conversations
with the Leaders of the
Anglican, Evangelical Lutheran, Presbyterian,
and United Churches
National leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Presbyterian Church in Canada and United Church of Canada have announced that throughout the month of December, they will be cooperating on an ecumenical Advent meditation series, reflecting on the four themes of hope, joy, peace, and love.
Each Monday during Advent, the church leaders will release an ecumenical Advent meditation in which they will focus on one of the four Advent themes and address challenges and opportunities facing the Canadian churches.
On each of the following Thursdays in Advent, participants can attend a live discussion at 7:00 PM EST (4:00 PM PST) on the theme and ask questions, via Zoom, with two of the leaders. Registration is required to join the Zoom gatherings. Attendees will be able to ask questions during the online conversation.
To receive the meeting link for each event and receive email reminders of each week’s upcoming events, visit Advent2022.ca for access to the registration form.
Schedule for the live online discussions
Thurs., Dec. 1: Hope, “Signs of the Time”
Bob Faris in conversation with Susan Johnson about the church in the 21st century. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted many trends that all Canadian churches are experiencing. Churches face shrinking membership and a changed position in communities across the country. Can we read the signs of our own times to understand where we are being called to be the church?
Thurs., Dec. 8: Peace, “Finding the Good Path”
Bob Faris in conversation with Carmen Lansdowne about truth telling and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Three of the churches represented here ran Residential Schools. The recovery of hundreds of unmarked graves in Kamloops and in many other locations has once again has shocked all of us into hearing the truth that Indigenous people have been telling for decades. What is the path forward?
Thurs., Dec. 15: Joy, “God’s Love Includes Everyone”
Carmen Lansdowne in conversation with Bob Faris about the inclusion of all in the church. For decades, all churches have been engaged in discussion around the inclusion of 2SLGBTQI+ people. All four participating churches have taken steps towards greater inclusion, but the discernment continues. What does it mean to include everyone?
Thurs., Dec. 22: Love, “The Cost of Discipleship”
Bob Faris in conversation with Linda Nicholls about the church’s public witness in a rapidly changing social and political context in Canada. At times, the church is called to take positions that are not in tune with popular opinion or with other church partners. When should the church take a prophetic stand, and are we willing to pay the price to witness to the gospel?
Participating Church Leaders
New: Links for Monday meditations (as they become known)
Monday, November 28th: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc7vS4pA0xg
The slightly less than half-hour video has a brief introduction. The meditation begins with prayer and the First Sunday of Advent’s gospel reading, Matthew 24: 36-44. The four church leaders then engage in conversation on the week’s theme: Hope, “Signs of the Time”. The meditation concludes with a hymn and a brief description of the remaining weeks.
For more information, check the following links:
- The Anglican Church of Canada: https://events.anglican.ca/advent2022/
- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada: https://elcic.ca/2022/11/03/national-church-leaders-launch-advent-meditations-and-conversations-series/
- The Presbyterian Church in Canada: https://presbyterian.ca/2022/11/08/ecumenical-advent/
- The United Church of Canada: https://united-church.ca/events/ecumenical-advent-series-what-are-we-waiting