A Light No Darkness Can Overcome
A Message from Acting President DeLisio
The Chicago iHeartRadio FM station switched to playing Christmas songs 24 hours a day on Tuesday, November 6, at 4:35 pm. The president of
iHeartMedia Chicago offered this reason:
"With all the turmoil in the world today, we felt Chicago needed a little more Christmas right now. The extension of the Christmas music season will allow Chicagoans to get into the Holiday spirit even more this year."
In my parish, All Saints Episcopal Church in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago, we are experiencing a different kind of seasonal extension. Along with a growing number of Episcopal, Lutheran, and Methodist churches in the U.S. and elsewhere, we are celebrating an expanded seven-week Advent that this year began on November 12.
The Very Rev. Dr. William H. Petersen, president emeritus of one of our predecessor seminaries, Bexley Hall Seminary, developed this practice of observing an expanded Advent with fellow liturgical scholars at the North American Academy of Liturgy in a seminar called The Advent Project. In his new book, What Are We Waiting For? Re-Imagining Advent for Time to Come (New York: Church Publishing, 2017), Dr. Petersen explains the rationale for this project in chapters that elaborate on the Q&A that he offers in the introduction:
Q: What are we waiting for?
A: The full manifestation of the Reign of God/kingdom of Christ.
Q: Why do we need to re-imagine Advent?
A: The truncated season is eclipsed by the global Christmas culture and the church's observance is liable to subversion by it.
Q: What would be the shape and feel of [an expanded] Advent?
A: Advent would start earlier and its observance would be a continuing exercise in the Gospel's counter-cultural redemptive message. *
Advent, from the Latin root adventus, means "coming." On these liminal Sundays that mark the transition from the end of the liturgical year and start of the new, as darkness in the northern hemisphere literally descends earlier and earlier until the arrival of Winter Solstice and Christmas day, the appointed lessons in the Revised Common Lectionary carry a message of God's promise that the reign of God is coming.
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Katherine Doyle (Anglican Studies, Seabury-Western '12) became the 7th Rector of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 17. Shown at the altar, to Doyle's right is Bishop Terry White (SWTS '85) Congratulations!
Andrew Kunihito Shirota (Seabury-Western '09) and the people of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Louisville, Ky., will celebrate Shirota's new ministry as the 20th rector of St. Paul's on the Feast of St. Andrew, Thursday Nov. 30. Congratulations!