Calling to Us from the Wild Edges
by Matt Humphrey, Educator
As we look towards Advent, which begins Sunday November 28, we anticipate a new year in the Church calendar. The four Sundays preceding Christmas orient us towards the coming of God in the human Jesus. What are the implications for our life in Creation of this great story?
The weekly lectionary readings return us again and again to the wild edges. To the wild edges of the Ancient Palestinian landscape, where John preaches baptism in the River Jordan. To the wild edges of trees cut down and of righteous branches springing up. To the wild edge of a baby born to a teenage mom in a rural outpost of the Roman empire. And to a wild song, delivered by Mary, of a great God who brings justice for all creation.
As in our previous series, including the latest Season of Creation video reflections and the Thinking Theologically about Trees series, we will offer a brief weekly reflection on a piece of Scripture and how this might anchor our life in God and in God’s world. We hope you might follow along!
We will also host a “Calling from the Wild Edges” Advent Workshop (online) on Saturday November 27, 2021 from 10 am to 2 pm. Join us to explore these themes in more depth and to take away some practices you might put into place to live more deeply into God’s call this Advent!
Photo: “John the Baptist in the Wilderness” by Geertgen tot Sint Jans (1460-1490)