Friday, November 11, 2011


Occupy Advent? What the...?

Many wonderful insights and ideas emerge during Tuesday night's church social media (#ChSocM) chat on Twitter. #OccupyAdvent is one of them, created in real time by Lutheran pastor, Rev. David Hansen (@Rev_David) during our hour-long chat on October 25. 

Simply put, #OccupyAdvent emerged during a conversation about restoring the sacred to Advent and using social media to help make that happen. You can learn a bit more about that here

I, of course, am thrilled by this development. 

Advent, which begins on November 27, is my favorite liturgical season and #OccupyAdvent efforts have already shifted my energy. This Advent, instead of ranting about how it's not just pre-Christmas, I'm going to focus on what it is: a season of "yes," of joyful anticipation, of watchful waiting, of preparing heart and home.

Here are a visible practical ways you can join with others to make a stand for slowing down and simplifying during this sacred season:

On Facebook: Like Occupy Advent
On Twitter: Follow @OccupyAdvent and add #OccupyAdvent to content and conversation about sacred watching and waiting for the Lord. On Facebook and Twitter: Add the #OccupyAdvent twibbon to your avatar by clicking here.

As for me and my house, we will continue to serve the season by following the Magi on their journey to Bethlehem. I have no idea where they'll wander. Last I saw them, they were checking out the wedding venue.

I'm also considering a brief hiatus from active blogging so I can focus on writing of the book persuasion. Still chatting with the Almighty about that!