The Advent Calendar Conspiracy – Day 4

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Advent

Tomorrow we begin the Advent Calendar Conspiracy.  Each day a video will be posted highlighting the contrast between the commercialisation of Christmas and the reality many of us experience.  You can also follow on twitter @adventcalcons.

This video is what I am going to show in the morning as we begin advent in our community.  It was passed on by a teacher friend of mine from when I was an RE teacher.  Happy days….

The Advent Calendar Conspiracy

Have you started opening the windows on your advent calendar? Is there chocolate inside? Wondering if there is more than this? I mean what are we really heading towards anyway? Some tinsel, a new jumper from your mum and a roast turkey? Is that it?? Really?!

Each day we will post a new 30 second animoto video clip juxtaposing the issues we face with wealth and poverty and the consumer culture that surrounds Christmas. What is it, or who is it we are really heading towards this December……

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My Chains Fell Off

“Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?”

That is just a little excerpt from next Sunday’s reading, a taster if you will.  How often do we look for examples of justice and mercy to illustrate the Christian faith?  Today one dropped in my lap when someone shared it with me.  There is an article in today’s Guardian explaining that Richard Branson has started to encourage Virgin to employ recently released offenders and those who are approaching release as a way of giving people that second chance.

 “Everybody deserves a second chance,” … “One of the prisoners I met in Melbourne told me he’d been released with no money. He had to find his own way to the city. He was thrown back out into this world with no help whatsoever. The end result was that he was back inside in a very short time. For people coming out of prison it’s a vicious circle. If they can’t get a job, the only thing they can do is reoffend. From society’s point of view that can be very painful.”