Arrivals & Departures – A Journey to Advent
In the ebb and flow of our daily lives – the urgent may cause us to neglect the important. We start our day and end our day sometimes not knowing how we arrived at our destination. This may describe how many of us feel during the season of Advent. We have good intentions to make this Advent season different from the last one and then before we know it we are back to the grind more tired and exhausted than ever.
Life can be enriched if we are able to look beyond the tasks to be completed and respond to the deeper values that can sustain us on our journey. These conversations are an opportunity to reflect on four life-giving virtues, Hope | Joy | Peace | Love, to see how we might nurture them in our own lives and cultivate their presence in our communities. The narrative of Advent can open to us new possibilities for light in our darkened world.
We invite you to join us on our journey.
Executive Director, IMAGO
Alana Walker Carpenter
On Bringing Hope
OCTOBER 13, 2021 | 12:00 PM (edt) - 12:45 PM (edt)
The prevailing narrative of our consumerist culture leaves us unsatisfied and results in a loss of hope. And we rightly ask – What can I hope for? Gestures of kindness, generosity and compassion – are symbols of hope – letting us know that our immediate circumstances are not the last word. How might we bring hope to our troubled world – and how might we engage a story that invites us to look beyond the moment and see reasons to be hopeful?
Kelita Haverland SINGER & SONGWRITER
Sara Hildebrand FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
On Bringing Joy
OCTOBER 27, 2021 | 12:00 PM (edt) - 12:45 PM (edt)
Joy is a lost experience for many – as the urgent demands of live stifle joy’s presence. How can we live in such a way that joy is allowed to flourish in our lives? And how might we carry joy to others? It is often through the unexpected that joy comes reminding us of our deep and important connection with others. The story of Advent is memorably described as "joy to the world" where a long expectation has been fulfilled.
James Paterson ARTIST
Alan Kearns MANAGING PARTNER & FOUNDER
On Bringing Peace
NOVEMBER 10, 2021 | 12:00 PM (edt) - 12:45 PM (edt)
Conflict is all around us. The tensions which come through our divisions – whether of race, worldview or our compulsive competitiveness, take a toll on our lives. Whether in politics, or religion, our ethnic communities or families, we are all too familiar with the unsettling impact of conflict. "Blessed are the peacemakers." How are we to speak, live and share peace in our conflicted culture?
Ian Cusson COMPOSER
Jennifer Ménard-Shand FOUNDER & CEO
Staff Shop Inc.
On Bringing Love
NOVEMBER 24, 2021 | 12:00 PM (edt) - 12:45 PM (edt)
Love is a theme that calls for careful consideration, we can love a sports team, a favourite food or a piece of music – but then we are also called to love one another and to love God. Is love just a feeling or is it more? And what does it mean to bring love into our communities to spread its influence and foster its presence? Love is said to be the identifying feature of a faith community yet it is often absent from our practices. Advent is at its heart a story of love and we are called to live in that story.
Brad Woods STORYTELLER
Paul Burns MANAGING DIRECTOR