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Stations of the Cross Around the Advocate Pond

IMG_9692This Lent, The Episcopal Church of the Advocate invites our neighbors and friends, known and unknown, to participate in the ancient practice of prayer and reflection called the Stations of the Cross, around the Advocate Pond. Traditionally, the fourteen stations mark different events on the path that Jesus walked through the city of Jerusalem on the day of his death, from the house of the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, where he was condemned to die, to the hill at Golgatha, where he was crucified. At each station, participants pause for a reading from scripture, a prayer, and a time of meditation.

From early times, each of the fourteen stations has been marked by a Roman numeral. At The Advocate, we have localized the stations by using discarded railroad spikes from the nearby tracks for the numerals, and affixing them to reclaimed local barn boards.

A booklet of the fourteen stations, with prayer and scripture readings, is available in a box by the outdoor altar. The first station is just to the east of the altar (towards the railroad tracks), and the stations proceed counterclockwise around the pond, ending with the fourteenth station just to the west of the altar.

The Stations may be walked and prayed at any time by any one. On Fridays in Lent, at 5:30 PM, someone from the Advocate will lead the way for any who wish to gather and participate in  the Stations together.

All are welcome.

Ash Wednesday Services March 1 at Noon and 7 PM

UnknownT.S. Eliot once wrote, “What we call the beginning is often the end and to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”

On Ash Wednesday, March 1, in services at noon and 7 p.m., we will gather in the Advocate Chapel,  to remember our mortality — that we are dust, and to dust we shall return. We will also mark the beginning of our Lenten journey, the forty day season of our preparation for the holiest days of the Christian year – Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. In so doing, we will anticipate – however paradoxically – the end of our Lenten journey even as it begins.

From that ending, we make our beginning, together as people of faith.

Come be a part of the journey.

The Day the Revolution Began. (Re)Discovering the Meaning of the Crucifixion

51DjeQtdfLL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_A Lenten Study
March 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 5, 7:00-8:30 PM

This is a Lenten study based on N.T. Wright’s new book The Day the Revolution Began: Rediscovering the Meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion.  In these five sessions we will explore the Biblical accounts of the Jesus’ death (as well as the historical and cultural backgrounds of these stories) so as to see what Jesus’ death might mean for us today.

More about N.T. Wright here.

More about The Day the Revolution Began here.

 

Wake Up and Smell the Awesomeness: A Discussion of Anthony De Mello’s book Awareness

flame azaleaFeb 22, 7:00-8:30 PM

After a brief introduction to the life and thought of the Indian Jesuit Anthony De Mello, Jay Reeves will lead a discussion of De Mello’s classic book Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality.  Participants are encouraged to read the book ahead of time, but everyone is welcome whether you’ve read the book or not.

More about Anthony De Mello here.

The book, Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality

The Piedmont Patch Project

img_7929The Piedmont Patch Project: Restoring Native Flora of the Piedmont One Patch of Piedmont at a Time

The people of the Episcopal Church of the Advocate have a dream. Since moving onto our scruffy 15-acre site in 2014, we have been working to transform it into a place of hospitality, worship, and contemplation, and a regional resource for collaborative social ministry and the arts. In 2015, The Advocate began collaborating with individuals and organizations outside the church to host three “tiny homes” on our site, for individuals who would otherwise be homeless (PeeWeeHomes.org ). Now we are beginning a second collaboration, the Piedmont Patch Project, to restore native flora and fauna displaced by the rapid urbanization surrounding the property, and to cultivate keepers of Creation.

The Piedmont Patch project will transform five acres of our site into a food-producing and natural habitat, create a network of involved neighbors and provide numerous opportunities to educate and engage people of all ages and backgrounds. We believe that in deepening connections with creation and with our community, mindfully tending and keeping the land and teaching others to do the same, we will honor God.

We imagine the Advocate Pond and grounds enriched with diverse well-adapted native plants that will attract and nurture an array of wildlife, including butterflies, bees, birds, frogs, turtles, and small mammals. Surrounded by rapid urbanization, the Church of the Advocate’s acreage can serve as a sanctuary for homeless wildlife increasingly displaced by bulldozers, asphalt, and concrete. Over time, such native plantings require less maintenance than traditional ornamental plantings, most of which do not meet the needs of native wildlife.

The project has an educative component, engaging school children and graduate students and inviting all who are responsible for patches of Piedmont land to learn how to create vibrant native sanctuaries that serve rather than harm God’s creation. Ideally, we can lead other congregations and other neighborhoods to adopt this concept of native sanctuaries, building refuges of hope for native wildlife and havens of peace and beauty for humans one patch of piedmont (and beyond!) at a time. The Project will also include education on invasive exotic species and their removal — why it is important, how it contributes to sustainability.

The Piedmont Patch Project is grounded in a belief that the environment and our natural resources will be better sustained, and even thrive, as organizations and individuals work to cultivate one patch at a time. The Project is envisioned as a collaborative effort of the church, the town, the NC Botanical Gardens, and individuals with knowledge and skills to share, such as Cathy Bollinger of The Piedmont Gardener.

We hope the Piedmont Patch Project (like the Pee Wee Homes Collaborative) will serve as prototypes that can be scaled and replicated in a variety of church, public, and private settings.

Here’s and article about native and non-native wildflowers and bees.

Church as Usual Despite Water Shutdown

Residences and businesses in Chapel Hill and Carrboro are without access to water lines due to a breakdown in a water main.
First, I bid your prayers for those whose lives are truly inconvenienced and your consideration of solidarity with those who live where the availability of fresh, potable water is always in doubt, particularly for those who labor in the tobacco fields of North Carolina, the people of Flint Michigan, the people of Haiti, and the people of Israeli occupied Palestine.
Second, The Vicar’s home in Durham is available for those who need water or showers. Call or text  919-219-4437 for directions.
Third, The Advocate has one spigot that is on well water. It is unfiltered water and highly rich in iron (so it is orange). But this is water that can be used in toilets at least. This is the spigot on the side of the house facing the chapel. (All other spigots and faucets at the Advocate are on OWASA)
Fourth: There will be Church tomorrow, February 5. With access to our well water we will be able to use our toilets, and with so many PotA who live in Durham, we will have water to drink! So whatever happens with OWASA, we will have church as usual, (more or less), tomorrow!

Acceptance as a Spiritual Discipline

acceptance-jpgJan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, 7:00-8:30 PM: Acceptance as a Spiritual Discipline

Radical Acceptance can be defined as the compassionate acceptance of reality as it is in the present moment. A practice that is an important and effective skill for navigating the small and large challenges of life.

But it is one thing to define Radical Acceptance, and quite another thing to understand and practice it.  How do you do it?  What are its real benefits?  Why might it even be thought of as an important spiritual discipline?

Janice Bainbridge and Paul Marvin will lead three discussion, practice and Q&A sessions tackling these questions.  Janice is a practicing counselor with experience teaching and mentoring people in Radical Acceptance practice, and Paul has worked with teens and adults over the years as a catechist, spiritual director, retreat leader, and prayer counselor.

Some basic information about Radical Acceptance: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2015/10/04/what-it-really-means-to-practice-radical-acceptance/

Questions?
Contact:
Paul B. Marvin <pmarvin@nc.rr.com>
or
Janice Bainbridge <janicebainbridgelcsw@gmail.com>

The Piedmont Patch Project — Saturday, January 28 @10AM

img_7929The Piedmont Patch Project: Building Sanctuaries One Patch of Piedmont at a Time

Introductory Presentation and Conversation
Led by Cathy Bollinger and the Vicar
Saturday, January 28
10 AM at the Advocate

The People of the Advocate know how much our commitment to maintain the Advocate Pond means to the surrounding community; it welcomes and encourages them to continue to use this special spot. But from an ecological perspective, the pond’s setting is less welcoming to non-human natives. We can change that.

Imagine the Advocate Pond and grounds enriched with diverse well-adapted native plants that will attract and nurture an array of wildlife, including butterflies, bees, birds, frogs, turtles, and small mammals. Surrounded by rapid urbanization, the Church of the Advocate’s acreage can serve as a sanctuary for homeless wildlife increasingly displaced by bulldozers, asphalt, and concrete. Over time, such native plantings require less maintenance than traditional ornamental plantings, most of which do not meet the needs of native wildlife.

The project has an educative component, engaging school children and graduate students and inviting all who are responsible for patches of Piedmont land to learn how to create vibrant native sanctuaries that serve rather than harm God’s creation. Ideally, we can lead other congregations and other neighborhoods to adopt this concept of native sanctuaries, building refuges of hope for native wildlife and havens of peace and beauty for humans one patch of piedmont (and beyond!) at a time. The Project will also include education on invasive exotic species and their removal — why it is important, how it contributes to sustainability.

The Piedmont Patch Project is grounded in a belief that the environment and our natural resources will be better sustained, and even thrive, as organizations and individuals work to cultivate one patch at a time. The Project is envisioned as a collaborative effort of the church, the town, the NC Botanical Gardens, and individuals with knowledge and skills to share.

Cathy Bollinger has a life-long passion for the natural world, especially in her home state of North Carolina. With a Masters in Environmental Management,  she has been a student of the ecology of especially her home Piedmont region all her life. These days, she volunteers at the NC Botanical Garden in several roles, continues to write her blog, The Piedmont Gardener, which she began in 2011, and recently began writing a bi-monthly gardening column for a small weekly paper in Virginia. 

Sunday Yoga in the Chapel — 3 PM

imagesYoga in the Chapel
Sundays, 3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
All levels welcome. This gentle class, led by the Advocate’s own Kathleen Nolan, is centered on the integration of body, breath, and spirit. We’ll play with meditating on the messages from the Sunday readings and sermons as we move and breath.
If you have a yoga or exercise mat, bring that along.
Requested donation: $10.00. Portions of the proceeds benefit the Episcopal Church of the Advocate and the Community of the Franciscan Way.
For more information, contact Kathleen Nolan at kathleenln@yahoo.com.

Cynthia Bourgeault on Contemplative Spirituality — January 18 at 7 PM.

Jan 18, 7:00-9:00 PM: Cynthia Bourgeault on Contemplative Spirituality – Is there really such a thing as Christian Nonduality?

Join us at the Advocate Wednesday evening as we view and discuss a webcast produced by Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation.  Cynthia Bourgeault will present provocative ideas about the nature of reality,  prayer, and living the Christian life.  Richard Rohr and James Finley will also appear in the video sharing opening and closing remarks.

Cynthia Bourgeault: http://www.contemplative.org/cynthia-bourgeault/

Her new book, The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practicehttps://www.amazon.com/Heart-Centering-Prayer-Christianity-Practice/dp/1611803144/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Richard Rohr: https://cac.org/richard-rohr/richard-rohr-ofm/

Center for Action and Contemplation: https://cac.org/

Link to this webcast on CAC site: https://cac.org/christian-nonduality-seriously/

James Finley: http://www.contemplativeway.org/index.cfm