Liberating Advent

A Journey of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love


What is it like to consider the journey to Jesus’ birth through the lens of liberation theology? How does the story of Advent look differently when we take into account those who have been marginalized and oppressed in our world?

This Advent, churches are invited to use these “Liberating Advent” resources each week, when advent starts on Nov. 29. The resources include prayers, reflective readings, and reflections from church innovators and planters of color in Portland as part of the Greater Northwest Area Innovation Vitality team.

Under the direction of Rev. Dr. Leroy Barber, director of innovation for an engaged church, these resources were created as an offering to local churches who may be looking to supplement or supplant their current Advent plans.

Feel free to use one or all of the videos for each Sunday during Advent.

Recorded in October, these videos were created following strict safety and sanitation protocols from the Greater Northwest Area of the UMC’s “Reimagining Life Together” guidelines for ministry settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.