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Episode 7: Preparing for Advent

Preparing for Advent is kind of like preparing to prepare for Christ’s birth, but we’re going with it! In this episode, Jess and Erin discuss cultural differences in regards to this season, metaphors, practices, and the hopeful kind of waiting.

Active waiting means to be present fully to the moment, in the conviction that something is happening where you are and that you want to be present to it. 
— Henri Nouwen

Romans 8: 22-25 The Message Bible

22-25 All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s withinus. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.


Practice

-Read a devotional, reader, or daily scriptures

-Light an Advent wreath with your family, either weekly or daily.

-Read a work of fiction

-Create something

-Try fasting from something like a food, or electric lights!

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Also, our gorgeous music is by Asher Graieg-Morrison

Episode 6: The Sacramental Nature of an Heirloom Tomato

To-may-to, to-mah-to…. Jess and I might not agree on how to say the name of that delicious fruit-vegetable, but we do agree that we should consider it a little more deeply than how good it tastes. In this episode, we are talking about the theology of food, how eating should be a conversation of gratefulness to God, how death brings us life, and what practical things we can do to eat and shop a little more intentionally.

With every bite we put in our mouth, we are making a political and theological statement. With our approach to food and eating, we proclaim what we believe: about God, our bodies, the care of the earth and those who harvest food from it, and the poor.
— Lane M. Arnold and Valerie E. Hess, The Life of the Body: Physical Well-Being and Spiritual Formation
Man must eat in order to live; he must take the world into his body and transform it into himself, into flesh and blood. He is indeed that which he eats, and the whole world is presented as one all-embracing banquet table for man. And this image of the banquet remains throughout the whole Bible, the central image of life. It is the image of life at its creation and also the image of life at its end and fulfillment.
— Alexander Schmemann, For the Life of the World

Psalm 104

14 You cause the grass to grow for the livestock
    and plants for man to cultivate,
that he may bring forth food from the earth
15     and wine to gladden the heart of man,
oil to make his face shine
    and bread to strengthen man's heart. (ESV)

All that exists is God’s gift to man, and it all exists to make God known to man, to make man’s life communion with God. It is divine love made food, made life for man. God blesses everything He creates, and, in biblical language, this means that He makes all creation the sign and means of His presence and wisdom, love and revelation....
— Alexander Schmemann, For the Life of the World

PRACTICE

  • Share it! Practice hospitality and invite some folks over to share food with.

  • Grow your own food (even if it’s just herbs in a pot!)

  • Try and buy even just a couple of things organic or from a farmer’s market.

  • Do a bit of reading and research to start thinking in the right direction. Easy way to do this: watch a documentary on Netflix, like Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food or Food, Inc.

  • Attempt to make some change, not all the change. You’ll find that good choices are made easier by practice, attentiveness, and time.

Episode 4: Clothe Yourself

This podcast is about the things we do and why they matter, and there are few things that we do more often than get dressed, but also, for a lot of us, few things that we think less about, at least in a mindful and theological way.

Be sure to let us know what you are tending to by sharing on social media with #tendpodcast!

Practice

  1. Take time to think about what you want your clothing to do for you. How do you want to feel in it? What have been your favorite, most worn outfits in the past? Why did you love them so much? What colors were they? Use pinterest or cut pictures out of magazines to make a lookbook for yourself.

  2. Go through what you already have and make sure you are utilizing it well. Does anything need to be mended, patched, or cleaned? Have you forgotten about a piece because your closet it too full? Can you put a new outfit together using things you already have

  3. Give things away that you do not use. One of the most freeing practices I have come across lately is to give things away that I have some attachment to or really like, but for whatever reason (too small, wrong color) do not get used. It’s easy to give away things that are no good to us, but it’s a spiritual practice when we feel a bit of resistance but we do it anyway. For me, it’s been freeing when I’ve realize that I was attached to a memory, not an object. If you don’t want to go cold turkey, put the things in a box, hide it away for about six months and see if you’ve missed it.  


Resources

“Simplicity is openness, unselfconsciousness, naturalness.” —Richard Foster, The Celebration of Discipline

On Instagram

  • #slowfashionoctober

  • #whomademyclothes

Erin’s favorite sewing pattern designer, Meg McElwee (@sewliberated)

World Resources Institute, and especially this article.

The True Cost Documentary

I would love to link for you the images of the garments Jess made for her guided study, but I don’t thing she’s put them online. I’m putting this here as a little nudge for that to happen.

Regent College

Asher Graieg-Morrison Music