advent conspiracy: Tucson, AZ

Longest Night Christmas Service, Sunday by csbradsen
December 17, 2008, 10:00 pm
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Sunday, December 21, Join the Living will host a community wide Longest Night Service. It truly is the longest night of the year. What a good time to celebrate the light of Christ that comes to us even in great darkness.

From 4 until 6:30 the church sanctuary will be open for any one to come and sit in silence for as long as they wish. The little parish is all stone and wood and will be decorated with greens and candles. It will be true sanctuary.

At 5:30 a vegetarian meal will be available in the parish hall. It’s by pay-what-you-can donation.

Then at 6:30 there will be a service with readings, prayers, and music. At this service we’ll reflect on both the night and the light. We will celebrate Christmas as we remember that even in the darkest, longest night, the light of dawn comes.

Anyone may come to any part of the afternoon and evening that feels right for them.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
545 S. 5th AVE (at the corner of 5th AVE and 16th Street in Armory Park, just south of downtown)


Barter Bazaar by csbradsen
December 9, 2008, 3:16 pm
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Next up for Tucson is the Christmas Barter Bazaar. No money will be exchanged. Everything will be traded.

Bring baked goods, art, nice second-hand stuff, books, cds, Christmas cards, food, anything. Get creative.

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008
4 pm – 6:30 pm
545 S. 5th AVE
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall

Meal at about 5:30 offered by pay-what-you-can donation.

Sour economy prompts families to cut back | Holidays by csbradsen
December 5, 2008, 7:21 pm
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Sour economy prompts families to cut back | Holidays.

In a sidebar to this article in today’s Tucson Citizen,  it talks about Advent Conspiracy and lists the details about the second upcoming gift-making party on Sunday, December 7.

It also has a quote from Join the Living’s co-founder (one of the Tucson Advent Conspiracy groups), Carol Bradsen, and gives some ideas about how families can talk with their kids about not spending as much on Christmas.

Re-examining the holiday wish list by csbradsen
December 5, 2008, 7:01 pm
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Re-examining the holiday wish list.

Here’s a link to an article from today’s Tucson Citizen about rethinking Christmas, spending less on stuff, and more time with family.

The article ends by quoting two members of the Restoration Project. Patricia and Maryada participated in the first gift-making party at St. Andrew’s as part of the series of Conspiracy events hosted there.

This Sunday is another gift making party: 4 — 6:30 pm, 545 S. 5th AVE. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church parish hall. A simple meal will be available at 5:30 by donation.

Patricia Morrison, 29, has decided to spend no money on gifts this year. Instead, she will donate to the Community Food Bank.

“As soon as I made that decision, I felt this great sense of relief,” she says.

Maryada Vallet, 25, is giving people prickly pear jam from fruit she harvested herself.

“It’s more the act of love than anything,” she says.

Tucson Citizen

Another Gift-Making Opportunity by csbradsen
December 2, 2008, 10:11 pm
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Join the Living is hosting another gift-making party this Sunday, Dec. 7 at 4 pm. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Armory Park, south of downtown Tucson.

You can go to the Join the Living blog to watch a a quick video from last week’s gift-making gathering.

Gift Making Parties & Advent Meditations by csbradsen
November 30, 2008, 6:07 pm
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Join the Living is hosting two gift-making parties as part of the Conspiracy project.

All are invited.

Sunday, November 30, & Sunday, Dec. 7.

@ 4 pm

545 S. 5th AVE (enter from 16th St.)

This is at St Andrew’s Episcopal Church parish hall.

Home cooked soup will be served at 5:30 pm each week. (suggested donation $5, or pay what you can)

Join the Living has also published an Advent meditation booklet and is posting daily Advent meditations beginning today until Christmas on the blog:

You can click on “open publication” below to go to an online mini-magazine of the booklet.

What Would Jesus Buy by Jeff Jackson
November 26, 2008, 7:55 pm
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If you missed the screening of WWJB you can watch it here.