JOIN US FOR
A Fireside Chat
with Maren Tirabassi
Pastor, Poet, Educator
Friday, December 11, 2020
12:15 – 1:00 pm (Eastern) • Online
Join Allen Ewing-Merrill, Executive Director of The BTS Center, for a lunchtime Fireside Chat and poetry reading with Rev. Maren Tirabassi, United Church of Christ pastor and former Poet Laureate of the City of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Mid-way through the Season of Advent, Allen and Maren will connect for a virtual fireside conversation about the significance of Advent and Christmas in 2020 and what it means to practice hope and find joy in the midst of a pandemic. Maren will read selected pieces from her newest collection, Christmas Eve at the Epsom Circle McDonald’s and Other Poems — some of which, like "In a Long Year of Advent," "A Pandemic Pageant," and "Christmas Greetings to All the Closed Inns," were written specifically for Advent during this Covid-19 Advent and Christmas season.
Reflecting on this particular season, in her poem "In a Long Year of Advent," Rev. Tirabassi writes:
Much of this year has unfolded
in ways that turn us heartside out —
and now we don’t just read this story
in its gathered cultural nostalgia,
but understand more,
about the unexpected pregnancy
of life itself,
the grueling essential work
of watching sheep sleep,
and the foolishness
of wandering somewhere new
in a strange landscape
with the uneasy guidance of a star.