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Dec. 11 Gathering: Liberate

Advent:Reimagined Week 3

He has scattered those with arrogant thoughts and proud inclinations.
    He has pulled the powerful down from their thrones
        and lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things
    and sent the rich away empty-handed.

Luke 1:51b-53 (CEB)

What does liberation mean to you?

For much of recent Christian history, liberation has come to be associated with delivery from sin and death and the postmortem disposition of our disembodied souls.

But that rather whitewashed interpretation comes largely from reading scripture through the lens of privilege. From the side from which many others are seeking liberation.

The problem, of course, is that the Bible is literature by the oppressed for the oppressed. People for whom liberation was an immediate, material need rather than a future, spiritual desire.

This week at New Wineskins we celebrate the third Sunday of Advent:Reimagined by examining liberation through the context of The Magnificat, Mary’s song of praise found in Luke 1:46-55 that boldly declares God’s timeless preference for the poor, the exploited, the marginalized…those without power or privilege in society on whose backs empires are built.

For our Advent candle lighting liturgy, our own Drew Willard will offer his interpretation of Luke’s accounting of the annunciation and Mary’s song. We’ll also experience a visual and musical version of The Magnificat by Phuc Luu from The Work of the People.

Please join us in the New Wineskins Virtual Theology Pub powered by Zoom this Sunday, Dec. 11, for an Advent conversation about the biblical call to liberation and our part in bringing the divine vision for liberation to life.

Click here to view this week’s video treatment of The Magnificat.

6:00pm EDT: Happy Half-Hour (informal meet & greet time)
6:30pm EDT: Presentation & conversation begin

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