Advent begins. Consider an alternative narrative to the one presented by the shopping and the traffic. Watch the Advent Conspiracy video here.
On the eve of the election, Monday, November 7, at 7 PM, all are welcome to the Advocate Chapel for a simple, Taizé style service of prayer for our nation and the common good.
As we come to the end of a tumultuous election season and turn our hearts and minds to election day, this service can help us to remember who we are and whose we are.
It will be a time to be still in the presence of God, to acknowledge our fears and our hopes, and to open ourselves to God’s Peace.
Join us is prayer and chant, readings and silence, and hope.
Also…. on Wednesday, November 9, at 7 PM, The Rev. Nathan Kirkpatrick will guide us in a conversation on “Where Do We Go From Here?” reflecting on whatever has transpired and is transpiring, and what our response as a people of faith might be. All are welcome.
[Note: the Advocate Chapel is open for prayer and meditation daily, 8 AM – 7 PM.]
The Episcopal Farmworker Ministry is a joint ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina and the Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina, responding to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of thousands of migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families in Harnett, Sampson and Johnston Counties. Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc on the Episcopal Farmworker Ministry (EFwM) and several of the camps and homes where the workers served by The Ministry live.
If you are interested in helping EFwM cover its immediate needs, please drop off your donations at The Episcopal Church of the Advocate, Sunday, October 16 – Saturday, October 29. The Vicar will be traveling to the EFwM on Tuesday, October 18 and on Sunday, October 30, and will carry offerings with her.
A list of the most crucial items follows:
- Drinking water
- Bagged dry, or canned, pinto beans
- Dry rice
- Salt and sugar
- Canned fruit
- Canned tuna
- Other non-perishable food
Clothing and Supplies
- Sweaters / sweatshirts (sizes: children to adults for both men and women)
- Toiletries (toothbrushes, razors, soap, shampoo, etc.)
- Sleeping mats
All are welcome for a reception and Salon with author Barbara Claypole White, celebrating the release of her book, Echoes of Family.
Saturday, October 29
6:30 – 8 PM
A Brit living in North Carolina, Barbara Claypole White writes hopeful family drama with a healthy dose of mental illness. The Unfinished Garden won the 2013 Golden Quill Contest for Best First Book; The In-Between Hour was chosen by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance as a Winter 2014 Okra Pick; and The Perfect Son was a nominee in the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Fiction 2015. Her forth novel, Echoes of Family, has a publication date of September 27, 2016.
“Claypole White’s gift is her ability to put us into the troubled minds of her characters in a way that helps us not only understand them but fall in love with them as well. We discover that while their minds may be different from ours, their hearts are the same.” —Diane Chamberlain, USA Todaybestselling author of Pretending to Dance
Note: This is the first in an Advocate series of events to help us better understand and celebrate our invisible diversity.
How do we make sense of this? How do people of faith respond? How do we remain calm and centered amidst our difference and tension, taking our roles as peacemakers and even prophets, seriously?
Educator, author, and activist Parker Palmer has a few ideas. He has written extensively on faith and democracy issues. In this course, he offers thoughtful insight into how we might approach divisive political issues with grace and grit.
Palmer believes our current political climate provides a rare opportunity to think more deeply about who we are as people and a nation. In this course, Palmer offers four video presentations:
1) We the People
2) The Art of Holding Tension
3) Our Deepest Divide
4) Taking Action
#AdvocateAdvocate. A campaign to digitally connect the people of God as we advocate for peace, justice and mercy.
Be the noun. Do the verb.
Since The Episcopal Church of the Advocate was launched in 2003, we have become keenly aware of our triptych:
- The Advocate is Jesus, who ascended to God’s right hand and advocates on our behalf (I John 1:2).
2) The Advocate is also the Holy Spirit (John 14: 25-27), the prodder and comforter, promised by Jesus, who comes among us with tongues of fire and in a gentle breath, uniting us and calling us to be God’s advocates in the world.
3) The Advocate is each of us, sent forth Sunday by Sunday, to work for God’s merciful justice, to make known God’s forgiveness, peace and love.
#AdvocateAdvocate is a hashtag to be used anytime we stand, post, work, pray, protest or sacrifice in the spirit of the Advocate. Anytime we Advocate (the verb), anytime we are Advocates (the noun).
Advocate buttons are available in the Chapel bell tower. (Donations gladly accepted in the alms box.)
Eastern Orthodox theologian Kallistos Ware writes:
Each social grouping –
family, parish, diocese, church council, school, office, factory, nation —
has as its vocation to be transformed by grace into a living icon of [the Holy Trinity],
to effect a reconciling harmony between diversity and unity,
human freedom and mutual solidarity, after the pattern of the Trinity.
Our belief in a Trinitarian God, in a God of social inter-relationship and shared love, commits us to opposing all forms of exploitation, injustice and discrimination….
When as Christians we fight for justice and for human rights,
for a compassionate and caring society,
we are acting specifically in the name of the Trinity.
Faith in the Trinitarian God, in the God of personal interrelationship and shared love, commits us to struggle with all our strength against poverty, exploitation, oppression and disease.
Our combat against these things is undertaken not merely on philanthropic and humanitarian grounds but because of our belief in God the Trinity.
Precisely because we know that God is three-in-one,
we cannot remain indifferent to any suffering, by any member of the human race, in any part of the world
Thursday, May 12, at 5 PM, the Advocate will be given an energy audit.
A service provided through North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light, an energy audit will teach us whether or how the Advocate is wasting electricity and water resources in our Chapel and house, and how we might do more to save and conserve those resources. This guidance will be good for our planet, and good for our budget.
We know that we conserved natural resources by adaptive re-use of our Chapel and house. We also know that even with our best effort in 2014, the 1890s chapel and 1970s era house were never designed to the standards of 21st century environmental sustainability. And we love our open windows! But maybe we can learn about how best to regulate the temperature and how some additional insulation might make a difference.
Bruce Hunn, building energy consultant will be our auditor. All are welcome to join him as he surveys and analyses our particular situation. No doubt, we can call learn more about energy conservation and apply our learnings to our own households, as well as to the Advocate.
It is a practice of the Advocate in our Eucharistic liturgy to say the Lord’s Prayer throughout the Season of Epiphany in the language of Christians in another place. We do this in part to remind ourselves that the Body of Christ is near and far, in part to express our solidarity with Christians who are at risk because of their faith.
This year we are trying hard to say the Lord’s Prayer in Arabic, holding in mind, as we pray, our Christian sisters and brothers throughout the Middle East, and especially in Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.
Here is the Lord’s Prayer in Arabic, and also in a transliteration. A recording helps us to hear the words as they are read by a Lebanese-born friend, Rula Mouawad.
lords prayer in arabic
Lord’s Prayer read in Arabic: Voice00002
Aba na alathie fi asamawat,
Li yatakadas ismoka, Li ya’atie malakotoka,
Litakon mashia toka,
Kama fisama’ kathaleka ‘ahla al a’ard.
A’atinia khubzana kafafa yawmina,
Wa igfer lana khatayana,
Kama naahnu naghfer la man akhta’a elayna,
Wa la tudkhilna fit a jareeb;
Laken najjina min ashireer.
Lia’anna laka al kowata wal majd, al aan wa ila abad al aabideen. Amin.
Arabic – transliteration
For may years now, the Advocate has provided a Christmas party for the men in homeless shelter in downtown Chapel Hill. Now that the shelter has evolved into the men’s Community House on at 1315 MLK Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, (right by the UCC church off MK and Homestead Road), the Advocate’s Christmas party is moving too.
Join with folks from the Advocate and some Monday Night Folk Jammers (who practice in our Chapel each week), for songs and sweets, Thursday, December 17, 6 – 7 PM.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll be gifting the men with some bus passes, and any gloves that folks can bring along for cold el nino nights ahead.