Advent Forums

Atonement is offering a series of forums designed to help you gain a greater understanding of waiting and preparing for the birth of our Lord.

Sun., Nov. 28 | 10:00 a.m.

Four Weeks, Four Themes, Four Hymns 

Facilitator: Richard Kieckhefer


Some aspects of Advent are well known, while others are hidden in plain sight. We will look at four key Advent themes, then we’ll see how they get reflected in the hymns we sing. The forum will present perspectives on Advent that parishioners may find fresh and unexpected.


Sun., Dec. 5th | 10:00 a.m. 

Advent Traditions for Households and Families

Facilitators: Jonathan Schlack and Meera Sundareson


Advent wreaths and Advent calendars are familiar traditions, but there are other customs worth knowing about and perhaps adopting. Whatever the make-up of your household—whether you have two adults and two children, one adult and twelve cats, or any other combination—there will be something in this forum for you. There will also be a book give-away, with some deeply thoughtful books and some amazingly beautiful books for adults and children, all given away for free.


Sun., Dec. 12 |10:00 a.m.

Isaiah as a Prophet for Advent

Facilitator: Barbara Newman


Isaiah is a prophet for all seasons, and his prophecy comes up in our lectionary frequently throughout the year, but in Years A and B Isaiah receives particular attention in Advent and on Christmas. In Handel’s Messiah it is Isaiah who foretells the Child called “Wonderful Counsellor” and “Prince of Peace.” This forum will reflect on how Isaiah is a prophet for Advent.