With working on the Slow Church book project, I have been thinking a good deal about the nature of time and how we live within it. Just in the last few days, I have had some specific ideas about how we live as churches within time that might emerge in the near future as various writing projects.
With these thoughts of on my mind, I was delighted today to receive a copy of the Christian Seasons Calendar for the coming church year from our friends at University Hill Congregation in Vancouver.
Each year, University Hill publishes this elegant calendar with original and thoughtful artwork, with the aim of helping reorient our sense of time to the calendar of the church year. So, the calendar is divided not into months, but into the seasons of the church Year — Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter and Ordinary Time (aka The Season after Pentecost).
Here’s University Hill’s description of the calendar:
This unique calendar opens with Advent. It does not begin with January 1 nor does it turn with the twelve months. Instead, its pages mark the celebrations of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter & Pentecost. The Christian Seasons Calendar tells the story of the gospel through the narrative of scripture and the imagery of art. Keeping time through the Christian year in this way offers a distinctive means of remembering, and living in, the story
of Jesus Christ.
In “A People’s History of Christianity” author Diana Butler Bass describes how the ancient Christian pratice of hallowing time is taking a new form in this innovative calendar. Emerging from the missional life of University Hill Congregation in Vancouver, Canada the 2012/2013 edition features the work of ten
contemporary artists from Canada, England and the United States.
Walter Brueggemann: “I am so glad to see the emergence of this calendar because we Christians are in an emergency about time . . . (continued)
Phyllis Tickle: “This is our calendar as Christians, the mark, instrument, and proof-positive of our dual citizenship in both secular and liturgical time . . . (continued)
Stanley Hauerwas: “Few things are more important for Christians today than reclaiming the calendar as our time. This wonderful calendar helps us do that . . . (continued)
Eugene Peterson: “Every day is holy, a gift of time in which we enter into the great rhythms of God’s creation . . . (continued)
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They offer a 20% discount on 10 or more calendars and
40% discount on 25 or more calendars…
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