If the light in you is darkness, how great is that darkness. — Jesus
One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. — Carl Jung
Over the next four weeks, a group of folks in our partner network of Faith & Justice will convene each Sunday evening—starting 11/27—to walk through Advent, by marking the end of one week and the beginning of the next with a simple 30-minute service based on monastic evening prayer, Vespers, and the day’s lectionary readings.
Bob Bongiovanni and Nelson González will facilitate the journey as we contemplate the possibility that it is perhaps we who are asleep in the manger. If the Christ child has already been born and God has already come for us, what are we waiting for? If Advent is always and Christ comes to us continually, in every breath, might God be dreaming us awake?
As we accompany Mother Mary in holy pregnancy, these weeks are an opportunity to drop into the womb of our holy imagination, into the dark crevices of our emerging. As such, Advent allows us to look into the dark, to perceive and welcome our shadows, by paying special attention to our dreams and synchronicities. How is God dreaming us awake? As siblings of both darkness and light, our very beings are connected to the circularity of the day, seasons, equinox, and year, making Advent our primordial liminal moment.
We invite you to journey with our friends at F&J by:
- Committing to intentional participation in each Sunday evening Vespers for the next four weeks, as you are able.
- Dedicating a notebook that you will keep next to your bed to record each day your dream(s) in the present tense (you could also dictate into your phone). You can add any emotion that strikes you on waking, and a note about the previous day should something seem to have triggered the dream. If you have no dream to record, write your first waking thought of the day.
- Each evening, reflecting on the day and noting any synchronicities that you experienced (“circumstances that appear meaningfully related yet lack a causal connection” or “meaningful coincidences”) and any connected emotions or insights. If you have no synchronicity to record, reflect on the day: When were you at peace? When were you troubled? What are the lessons?
Each Sunday, the Zoom room will open at 5:20 pmPT and the service will start promptly at 5:30pmPT and will last for 30 minutes.
Join us in walking and dreaming together into and through the darkest of night, that moment just before our dawn in Christ.