Abolition Advent Calendar

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When we talk about, “abolition” we often mean the movement to end slavery that happened centuries ago. But abolition movements continue today, with movement-makers around the world working to end racism, reduce harm and violence, and move us all toward freedom.

There’s no better time to reflect on abolition than Advent — the season when we are invited to prepare and awaken to the signs of God’s love and justice unfolding in our midst.

This Advent, prepare the way by engaging with contemporary abolition movements — dismantling the prison industrial complex, fighting for reproductive justice, learning new ways to address harm and engage conflict, and more.

Subscribe to Join the Movement’s Abolition Advent Calendar to receive daily reflections on Advent scriptures from the Revised Common Lectionary, as well as quotes, prayers, and ways to continue your exploration. Each reflection will also include original artwork by Dr. Yohana Junker, Brazilian-born artist and theologian.

Sign up to receive the reflections via email every morning, find them on the Join the Movement website, or engage together through the UCC’s daily social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

It was Rev. Wil Gafney (Episcopal priest, womanist biblical scholar, and activist) who said, “We are still trying to do Church in the midst of enslaving paradigms.”

We have the opportunity to explore what abolition can mean to us here and now. Join us to discover the abolitionist visions that live in our sacred text and in each of us!

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