At Reunion we discovered many years ago that the season of Advent was becoming something else altogether. Instead of an awe-inspiring time of expectation and joy, people were drowning in a sea of financial debt, endless gift lists, to-do lists, and events to attend.
Every year we would come to the end of an Advent season exhausted and sensing we’d missed the point entirely. We struggled to find the connection between our Christmas lists and the glory of Jesus’ birth. The time of year when focusing on Christ should be the easiest was often the hardest. An overwhelming stress had overtaken our worship and celebration.
We decided to try something different. The Advent Conspiracy movement has four principles: Spend Less, Give More, Worship Fully, Love All. By living into these principles each year, we choose to center ourselves on what matters most in this season.
This Year's Advent Conspiracy Offering
A major part of Advent Conspiracy is the annual offering, where we pool our resources and use them to support people and organizations who are being a light in their community.
This year, Reunion had the pleasure of partnering with Community Cooks and Daniel's Table, two organizations who are committed to fighting food insecurity in the Greater Boston Area. Prior to the pandemic, household food insecurity in Massachusetts was at 8.2%. The coronavirus pandemic fueled a hunger crisis unlike any other in our lifetime, and doubled to 19.6% of households food insecure.
This year, Reunion was able to raise....
Additionally, thanks to a angel donor for Daniel's Table, the entire amount given to Daniel's Table will be completely matched. God is doing some amazing things!
Thank you to everyone who chose to live generously during the Advent season. It will make a world of difference to so many!