Close to Home: Advent Art Study

Adult Education Study: Sundays, November 28 — December 19, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

On Sunday mornings, men and women of all ages, including college students, are invited to gather at 9:45 a.m. to participate in a Christian education study for the season of Advent. Those choosing to attend in person may join us in the Hulme Room; virtual participation via Zoom videoconferencing also will be available.
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From November 28 through December 19, the Adult Christian Education Team invites you to join a new study for the season of Advent: Close to Home. Join us for a program of guided visual meditation, Bible study, and prayer on Sundays from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., both on-site and virtually via Zoom.

When something hits close to home, it affects us deeply. During the Advent and Christmas season, we journey through Scriptures and rituals that are tender, heavy with emotion, and vulnerable. We carry the memories and truths of this season close to our hearts. The Close to Home theme acknowledges the “already-but-not-yet” tension of our faith: Emmanuel is with us, and yet, God’s promised day — our everlasting home — is not fully realized. It names our deep longing for God to come close to us.

The Advent and Christmas Scriptures are rich with home metaphors and imagery. In these Scriptures, home is both physical and metaphorical, something we seek and something we are called to build. In many ways, these Scriptures are like blueprints — detailing the dreams of a God who makes a home with us. Ultimately, God is our home and resting place. God draws near and makes a home on earth; sacred ground is all around us.

This Advent, may we be comforted by the One who dwells intimately with us. May we expand safety and sanctuary for everyone wandering far from home. May we come home — wherever home is found — to live fully with joy, hope, and courage.

Join us on Sunday mornings as we explore this theme through artwork based on our lectionary texts for this liturgical season. These art pieces, created in a variety of mediums — paper lace, acrylic and oil painting, hand-cut block prints, and digital media — were created by Rev. Lisle Gwynn Garrity, Rev. Lauren Wright Pittman, Hannah Garrity, and Rev. T. Denise Anderson. Our study will incorporate the ancient Benedictine spiritual practice of Visio Divina. Latin for “divine seeing,” Visio Divina is a method of meditation, reflection, and prayer through a process of intentional seeing. Our gatherings will blend this visual meditation with group discussion and Bible study.

For Virtual Participants: Access links are typically delivered to participants by email on Sunday mornings. If you have questions, or want to be sure you will receive the email invitation, please contact the church office.

Reminder: Childcare for infants through two-year-olds starts at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings, and Children’s Ministry leaders are ready to welcome older children during this time should families choose to participate in person.

For additional information, please contact the church office.