Seeking Shelter was originally created in 2012 with scripture texts from the Revised Common Lectionary Advent Year C. It deals with migrant justice issues which are relevant this Advent season as Canada strives to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees.
A theme in the resource is “Las Posadas”, which is a Central American and Mexican Advent tradition in which Mary and Joseph walk through town searching for shelter. They are accompanied on their journey by local church members singing and carrying bright lanterns. Turned away again and again, they finally find householders who welcome them in. Today, that search for shelter is a reality for many in our world, whether the shelter people seek is fair wages, land rights, or clean water. What is our response?
This Advent resource includes prayers, scripture commentary and litanies for all four Sundays in Advent, with a specific justice theme for each Sunday. It also includes instructions for lantern-making, slideshows, and action ideas for taking this justice journey beyond your church.