From Darkness into Light — An Advent Community Learning Series at St. Joseph’s Parish: Join us for a new educational initiative offered entirely through Zoom this Advent, open to the community at large. Based on the theme of moving from darkness into light, we are offering four Zoom sessions on different topics, facilitated by members of St. Joseph’s Parish. These include an exploration of sacred music with Jamie Loback, an evening of prayer and peace with Michelle Miller, stories of flight and refuge with Deborah Dorner and John Weir, as well as other members of the Refugee Outreach Committee, and an exploration of faith and doubt as portrayed in literature with Christopher Adam. All are welcome to these Zoom sessions. Participants will receive in advance of each session by email readings and other resources from their Zoom facilitator. Please register for the session(s) of your choice using the links below. Following registration, Zoom will automatically send you the link to join the actual session:

  • Faith and Doubt in Literature: (Thursday, December 3rd, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.): We will read and discuss three short works of literature, including poetry, in which the author or speaker struggles with, and negotiates faith and doubt through the written word. The session will contextualize each work and author within the milieu of the relevant cultural and social history. Facilitator: Christopher Adam. Zoom Registration — Click here.
  • The Refugee Experience as Part of the Advent Narrative (Thursday, December 10th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.): St. Joseph’s Refugee Outreach Committee (ROC) hears many stories from families who are seeking refuge from persecution. The Flight into Egypt (Matt 2:13-23), part of the Advent/Christmas narrative, is such a story. In the second session of Darkness into Light, members of the ROC will share themes and experiences common to both of our stories. Facilitators: Deborah Dorner and John Weir. Zoom Registration — Click here.
  • An Advent Evening of Prayer and Peace (Thursday, December 17th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.):  Even at a time when the world around us seems so unsteady, we are invited to pause, relax, and gather together for an Advent evening of peace. They’ll be time for sharing, silence, and prayer. Facilitator: Michelle Miller. Zoom Registration — Click here.
  • Exploring Sacred Music (Monday, December 21st, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.): Learn about the principles of sacred music and its development; hear some music performed live during the session. Facilitator: Jamie Loback. Zoom registration — Click here.

For more information on the Advent Community Learning Series, please contact Christopher Adam: cadam@st-josephs.ca