Because the season of Advent is a time of awaiting the Christ child and the risen Christ, it is a perfect time to think about social justice issues. Christ’s ministry, which is explored in other seasons of the Christian year, focuses on lifting up those whom society regarded as worthless or weak, including the poor, the ill, the foreigner, women, and children. Social justice was at the core of Jesus’ ministry. Based on the Advent readings for Lectionary Year C, the NC Council of Churches has developed this Advent Guide to assist you in slowing down this season by taking 20-30 minutes one night a week to focus on social justice.
The guide is meant for home use among family and friends. Consider creating your Advent wreath together, gathering the supplies and placing it in a prominent location where you will see it throughout the season of Advent.
You may also choose to simply share the devotionals as a family. What matters is that you take this time together.
–Aleta Payne, Development and Communications