In honor of the beginning of the Advent season, I’d like to highlight a group called Advent Conspiracy. ‘Advent Conspiracy is an international movement restoring the scandal of Christmas by worshipping Jesus through compassion, not consumption.’
I haven’t done any work with this group before, but I think they are definately on to something. I have also been reading, per Jason Clark, Consuming Relgion by Vincent J. Miller. It is quite the read and is consistent with some of what the AC (advent conspirators) suggest, namely that we:
START CONSPIRING ::
Sign up your organization to join the Advent Conspiracy!
2. Communicate the Vision
Worship More, Spend Less, Give More and Love All
3. Educate Yourselves
Teach your people about materialism, the local and global needs and what the meaning of Christmas is all about.
4. Get Creative
Discover together how to live in a more relational and meaningful way.
5. Identify who you will Love
Choose the key people groups and clean water projects that you will assist.
6. Celebrate the Birth of Christ
Take an offering that will go to the groups you have identified. Redistribute the offering money to the groups you have chosen ~ no money comes through Advent Conspiracy.
7. Share your Story
Tell us what God did, so we can learn and grow and share it with others.
Here is video that is quite powerful that AC put together:
worship more. spend less. give more. love all.