Advent of the Impossible: Reflections of the Unfulfilled

A seminar on Advent, both the liturgical season and the essence of Christianity itself. The course will explore major advent themes through the writings and work of three provocative and challenging thinkers: John D. Caputo, Jean-Luc Nancy and Julia Kristeva. Each of these thinkers will help us grapple with the radical promise of Advent, exposing us to the theological revolution hidden in the folds of familiar stories and nostalgic seasonal observances. Advent is the season on the Christian liturgical calendar that makes explicit what is implicit in Christianity-that the life of love is always expectant, always unfulfilled and turns on the expectation of the impossible, on what is to come.

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Seminar Outline

What this conversation is all about

Advent.  It's a countdown to Christmas, it is calendars and chocolate, and stories that prime us for entry into a particular understanding of what Christianity means. We are conditioned to know what is coming because we talk about Advent on the heels of more than two millennia of tradition and rehearsal, but advent is expectancy and surprise…and possibility.  This is exactly the kind of curious notion and ideas that we will be exploring during this seminar.

What you can expect

  • This seminar will be held LIVE via zoom Saturday, December 12th at 10am PST/6pm GMT.
  • For those who can't make it LIVE the seminar will be posted to watch at your leisure on our learning platform.
  • The seminar will last about an hour and a half and will include discussion/Q&A.

Barry Taylor

Co-Director of H&Co, a theologian-philosopher, musician, artist, academic and writer who has spent more than thirty years challenging traditional notions of religion and church and creating alternative communities built on the idea that life is uncertain, the future is unwritten and that none of us has the answer.

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Maria French

Maria is Co-Creator of H&Co.  The tenure of her career has been in theological education, as both professor and administrator.  Maria also has also worked in ministry, church planting and denominational leadership. She is focused on faith and culture, offering new forums for faith that are viable and sustainable for an uncertain future. 

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"In advent there is a deeper waiting for something we cannot see coming, for the unconditional which shatters our expectations and takes us beyond all the things of the season that make us feel comfortable."