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An Advent Invitation: Jazz, John Wesley, Armenian Traditions, and Bible

October 24, 2017 by Linda L. Furtado

Join George Donigan and The Upper Room as we take the time to deepen our sense of awe and wonder of the incarnation of Christ.

Itinerant United Methodist pastor and former editor at The United Methodist Publishing House and The Upper Room, Donigan puts a unique spin on the Christmas season with his recently released book, In Days to Come (Upper Room Books, 2017). The book, and eCourse based on it, are not your typical guides through the holiday season. 

Drawing from his own roots in the Armenian Christian tradition, love for jazz, John Wesley, and Biblical text, Donigan weaves a colorful and creative Advent guide. In Days to Come invites participants and readers to reflect on their own traditions and spiritual journeys this time of year. One unique feature of the resource is an invitation to linger longer in the season, beyond Advent and Christmas Day, into Epiphany.

In Days to Come is structured for individual or small group Advent study during Advent. In the book, each week concludes with a set of reflection questions. You will find some of these questions included in the enhanced eCourse experience. Buy the book here:

Or, consider joining us for the online eCourse, designed for individuals or small groups. This online experience ushers participants through Advent, the celebration of Christmas, and then invites all to linger into Ephiphany. Key features of the eCourse include:

  • audio recordings of the Antiphons, verses sung as prelude or conclusion to a part of a worship service) introduce the theme of each week in this eCourse
  • weekly video recordings of author George Donigian highlighting his thoughts on Advent and Epiphany
  • daily readings
  • daily email reminders and guidance
  • personal reflection questions
  • space for lively group discussion

Register for the eCourse here: 

Join us and experience Christ anew in the coming days.

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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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