Dec. 4, 11, Dec. 18, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
"The Christian tradition has long cherished a vision of the world as paradise, a simple, harmonious whole made manifest in creation and renewed in Christ. From the garden in Genesis to the peaceable kingdom in Isaiah to the heavenly city in the Book of Revelation, one encounters recurring images of this unbroken whole that is paradise." - Douglas Christie
During the season of Advent, we prepare for the renewal of the world, symbolized by the birth of the Christ Child and the coming of the light in the darkest days of winter. The coming of Christ is not about the end of the world, but rather its transfiguration. In the early church, the apokatastasis panton – the renewal of all things – was understood as the recreation of paradise on earth. This series will explore some aspects of the "paradise tradition": prosoche or paying attention; cultivating penthos, the gift of tears; undergoing kenosis or self-emptying; and experiencing amerimnia, freedom from anxiety or care. How might these ancient practices support our work to renew the world?