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December Supports: Spiritual/Grief Care + Ceasefire

Dear ones,

December can be a busy, buoyant, bluesy time — often a mix of it all. We hope you are taking care. And we want to lift up a few resources/events from the broader BMC community to support you this month, especially through grief, loss and conflict.

  • Dark Like Soil: A contemplative advent mini-retreat – led by BMCer and queer spiritual director Samantha Lioi. *Online* December 7th or 9th. “Advent comes gently in the middle of our mess…” Find more & register here (suggested donation):

  • Compassionate Communication: an *in person* workshop Thursday, December 7th at 5:00 pm at The LGBTQ Center in South Bend, IN. Learn more and RSVP here. Led by BMCer and queer facilitator & mediator Nicole Bauman.

  • Blue Christmas: holding space for grief amidst the holidays — *online* December 10th @ 5:30 Pacific/8:30 Eastern. A quiet service of song, silence, and candle lighting with queer Anabaptist church Community of Hope. Register for the Zoom link and email for details.

  • Mennonite Day of Action for Ceasefire: December 19th — If you are not yet plugged in to taking concrete action to stop the genocide in Palestine, Mennonite Action is organizing from an Anabaptist perspective. Jewish Voice for Peace is another salient leader and teacher in this moment, and their organizing calls are open to people of all faiths or no faith.

  • Ceasefire Christmas Carols: singing as activism! Robust analysis and toolkit here. Would love to see some Brethren and Mennos take this up.

  • On Earth Peace’s Digital Advent Calendar: daily nuggets of poetry, peace and justice inspiration. OEP is a Brethren agency-member of BMC’s Supportive Communities Network.

  • BMC’s year-end reflections and LGBTQIA+ Advent Devotional: check it out here.

A closing solstice blessing:

Oh, Spirit of the blessed dark,

fertile presence hovering over the deep,

be seed in the earth, life in the tomb,

liberating promise born in the beauty of night.*

With care through the churning, blessed dark,


*Blessing from my 12/17 piece in our Advent devotional. Download the full booklet here.

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