Wednesdays with Canterbury

We meet on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm and are thrilled that we will be meeting IN PERSON in the fall! We don’t know WHERE we’ll be meeting, yet, since our previous location is now a smoothie bar. 🙁 Look for an update soon. Our chaplain, Donna+, is arduously checking out all the coffee shops, bakeries, and creperies around! (It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!)

In the meantime, check out last year’s conversations about justice, reconciliation, and anti-racism with experts in the field. @CanterburyMSU on YouTube

You can also scroll through old posts here to see what we’ve done in previous years. (We went really big on Advent last year!)

Advent Coloring

With classes ending Wednesday and finals coming, a little stress relief seems to be in order! Coloring is a way to use a different part of your brain, engage your hands in a different, and relax. Like doodling, coloring can be meditative and/ or create some mental space to think about other things. We also know that taking a break from studying, and letting the unconscious part of the brain work on problems, can help retention, problem solving, and recall. So, here are some Advent coloring pages to download and print, or to use with a coloring app.

If coloring isn’t your thing, try some mindless doodling, or another craft – new or old. As always, be sure to get some decent sleep in the coming days and eat at least SOME decent food to go with the inevitable piles of study food. Good luck Spartans!

Jesse Tree

Jesse Trees were a 12th & 13th century depiction of the genealogy of Jesus beginning with Jesse, the father of David, the King who was promised to be the forebear of the Messiah. St. Paul connects Jesus to Isaiah’s prophecy that “A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots… On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.” (Isaiah 11: 1 & 10 – everything in between is wonderful & worth reading!)Today they are a way to travel through Advent, reading stories and making images of the whole history of God’s relationship to creation, ending with Jesus in Bethlehem.

It is customary to start with a dying branch and hang ornaments on the limbs, which then gets replaced with the full Christmas tree. It can also be a way to begin decorating your Christmas tree.

Or maybe it’s a smaller stand on the table, beside the Advent wreath.

One of my favorite Jesse Tree guides is here, with good directions and Bible references for the stories. Make your images as complex or simple as you like. You can also, of course, google “Jesse Tree” and come up with TONS of example and ideas. Whatever you dream up, it’s a lovely way to journey to Bethlehem.

Advent Word

#AdventWord is a global, online Advent calendar. Each day from the first Sunday of Advent through Christmas Day, #AdventWord offers meditations and images to inspire and connect individuals and a worldwide community of believers to the themes of Advent. You are invited to participate by posting your own images using the hashtag #AdventWord and the word of the day, for example, #journey. Individuals, congregations, organizations, and institutions can all participate.

Check out our #AdventWord posts on Instagram @CanterburyMSU

Advent is Coming!

That’s a pun, because Advent, means something new is coming, or has arrived. It is also the beginning of the Church year, when we begin our wait for the coming of Christ – both in a manger and at the consummation of all things.

Over the next 4 weeks of Advent and the following weeks of Christmas we’ll be posting activities, reflections, ideas, videos, images, etc, etc to help us celebrate this holy season!

Stay posted!