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Ideas for Advent & Christmas

As we all contemplate these next liturgical seasons in our virtual spaces, I have been thinking of ways to engage virtually. Instead of mourning what we cannot do this season, let’s focus on the way that virtual church provides new gifts. There is an intimacy that can be created on zoom – especially as people share a part of their homes and life that is not usually seen together when we meet at a church building. There are also new opportunities not limited by distance or cost. This is the year of acknowledging what we have lost, and what we have gained.

Maybe more than any other year, this year we need the season of Advent to be spiritually rich with time for both sorrow and joy. Families with children often have many ways to celebrate and mark the season, but don’t forget about the adults in congregations who may be facing a season without visiting family and may be feeling more isolated than ever. 

We have put a great list of Advent, Christmas and even Epiphany resources on our new Faith Formation website on the Resources page. Click through for all the details!

Amy Cook
Faith Formation Working Group Head
Caren Miles
Associate for Faith Formation

Forma Conference — January 26-28, 2020

The Diocese of California has purchased registrations for this year's Forma Conference for our Diocesan youth, children, family, and formation leaders. To claim yours, email Caren Miles.

Episcopal Resource Center Update

Our Episcopal Resource Center in Sunnyvale has a brand NEW online catalog. There you will find all the latest books on the New Book tab, along with daily devotionals, lots of online resources, a section just for young people, curriculum overviews and many other items to peruse. 
If you are already a user or are new, you will need to contact us for a login and password.

New Formation Website

The Diocesan Department of Faith Formation has a shiny new website! FaithInFormEd is the place to go for resources, workshops (both upcoming and recordings of past presentations), and more!

Topics covered include: Anti-Racism, Care of Creation, Church Vitality, Liturgy & Worship, Safe Church, Stewardship, Spirituality, Vestry Leadership, and Youth & Children's Ministries. 
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