Practicing a Christ-Centered Christmas 2.0

Posted by tom | Sep 26, 2008

As many of you know, I've been in the process of upgrading Practicing a Christ-Centered Christmas. Below you'll find the class schedule for this fall's adult elective at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ. I'll create links for materials, including various reference articles, as they become available.  Note:  the class syllabus is available in PDF and material on week 2 can be found here.

How does one not become immersed in and pursue a nostalgic, commercialized, feel-good Christmas? Share the fears, challenges, special moments, and customs of your past Christmases. Celebrate the Word becoming flesh and blood, and moving into the neighborhood through Scripture, song, and various spiritual practices. Receive insight and encouragement to embrace the call to reproduce the likeness of Jesus during the Christmas season.

September 14 Introduction to our time to together
-Supplies:

-Syllabus, see PDF 
-A Latin American Christmas creed by Author Unknown
-Folder with various resources for the course, listing to come (Note: Most of the material is available on-line already and if not, I'll post in PDF form)

September 21 Who is Christ? How do you, the people of God, and the culture respond to Him?
-Supplies:

-Board w/space for two lists (one for Who is Christ in our culture? and a second for Who do we as the people of God understand Christ to be?).  Note: I used a dry erase board and a chalk board.  In the future, I may split a chalk board in half and contrast side-by-side.  Don't forget proper writing materials ;-)
-Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton's SoulSearching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers (Oxford University Press, 2005), note:  relevant quote included on linked page
-Stephen Nichols' Jesus Made in America: A Cultural History from the Puritans to the Passion of the Christ (InterVarsity Press, 2008), note:  relevant quote included on linked page

September 28 The Character, Person, and Story of God as a proper lens for Christmas: Week 1
-Supplies:

-Board w/space for class input.  Proper writing impliments 
-Handouts:

Sing Praise by Jim Gambini
Trinity's Etymology from wikipedia
What does the Bible teach about the Trinity? from Got Questions
The Ecumenical Creeds from CRI/Voice, Institute
Christianity Today's Biography of Athanasius
The King Visits Earth (excerpt from Athanasius' writing)

October 5 The Character, Person, and Story of God as a proper lens for Christmas:  Week 2

October 12 The Nativity Story

October 19, 26 The history of the celebration of Christmas with focus upon the Church calendar and St. Nicholas

November 2, 9, 16 Critiquing the Christmas offered to us by the media and consumerism while offering Christ-centered alternatives as the people of God in our local congregation, our homes, extended families, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, society, world

November 23 Hospitality at Christmas

November 30 Walking together in the practice of a Christ-centered Christmas

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Potential Projects (dependent on class size, but may also work in partnership w/fellowship groups):

-Devotional for the congregation (or assist in choosing one)
-Hospitality for Christmas event (e.g., Christmas Program)
-Christmas theme/hospitality for Wednesday evening meals in December (Disciples fellowship group w/interest in 1 week)
-Outreach, e.g. Christmas in the movies, Christ in Christmas traditions, consumerism/gift-giving
-Service e.g., working with Amy Starr and the Disciples Fellowship group on providing a base of support for the gift giving tree; Mennonite Central Committee Distribution Center packing on Saturday, November 8
-Join the Advent Conspiracy

1 Comments & 0 Trackbacks of "Practicing a Christ-Centered Christmas 2.0"

    I am so amazed there are parents in the world who get together and talk and think. I am amazed that there are couples who do this.

    Posted by Janine, Nov 30 2011, 09:31
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