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Adult Education – Advent: Facing the Darkness Together

December 1, 2023

About the study

“Advent,” says Fleming Rutledge, “begins in the dark.” And, therefore, it is not for the faint of heart. At the midnight of the Christian year, the season of advent is rife with dark, gritty realities, suffering, sin, alienation, oppression, and the apparent hiddenness and absence of God. Three articles will guide us through this season, we who might fear the dark.

Advent reminds us that God’s light shines in the darkness (John 1:5), but we might first have to face the darkness to see it. Join us for a rich, unconventional take on the meaning of this season. Gather in the Library on December 3 and 10 at 9:00 a.m. for this two-week Advent study led by Ken Kovacs.


“Redeeming Darkness,” by Barbara Brown Taylor, The Christian Century, 29 November 2011.

“Want to Get Into the Christmas Spirit? Face the Darkness” by Tish Harrison Warren, The New York Times, 30 November 2019.

“Advent Begins Where Human Potential Ends” by Fleming Rutledge, Christianity Today, 7 November 2019.

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