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The Advent Project


The Rev'd. Dr. Elise Feyerherm
26 Orchard Ave
Waltham, MA 02452
[email protected]

Mission Statement

The goal of this seminar is to work ecumenically for the expansion of the season from four to seven weeks. This seminar seeks to collect, collate and/or produce and provide appropriate Advent worship and homiletical resources for clergy, church musicians, and congregations; also to author as well as solicit scholarship that will support and interpret this proposal for liturgical renewal.

2019 Academy Meeting Agenda

Friday, January 4

9:45 AM       
            State of the Project: Check-In & Introductions

            Accomplishments of 2018

            Survey of Participating Parishes/Congregations
            US: TEC, UMC, ELCA, PCUSA;                                  
            Canada: Anglican Church, United Church

            Advent 2018 Evaluations

            Review discussion of recent literature: Advent, by Fleming Rutledge
                        (Eerdmans, 2018).

1:45 PM       
            William Petersen, review and discussion of James K. A. Smith, Awaiting the                           King- Reforming Public Theology (Volume 3 of Cultural Liturgies).     

4:15 PM                    

Saturday, January 5
 8:45 AM         
            Elise Feyerherm, Report on Expanded Advent at St. Paul’s Episcopal                                           Church, Brookline, MA

            Evaluation & Further Development of the APS Web Site

1:30 PM         
            Focused Discussion: Moving forward with the Advent Project

2018 Seminar Agenda

Friday, January 5
10:30 AM
State of the Project: Check-In & Introductions, Accomplishments of 2017, Survey of Participating Parishes/Congregations (US: TEC, UMC, ELCA, PCUSA; Canada: Anglican Church, United Church), and Advent 2017 Evaluations

1:30 PM
Elise Feyerherm Paper and Discussion: “Alpha and Omega: Reclaiming the Book of Revelation for Advent Worship and Beyond”

Deborah Appler Paper and Discussion: “God’s Judgment or Justice? The concept of Mishpat in Hebrew Scriptures”

4:00 PM
William Petersen  Report: International Anglican Liturgical Consultation, Societas Liturgica, & English Language Liturgical Consultation

Saturday, January 6
9:00 AM
Review of William H. Petersen’s What Are We Waiting For? Re-Imagining Advent for Time to Come (New York, NY: Church Publishing, 2017).

Evaluation & Further Development of the APS Web Site

1:30 PM
Focused Discussion: Developing a reporting and evaluative online survey for participating parishes