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Empathy and Advent: An introduction with links to articles.                                     

Women in Christian Leadership by Dr. M.   Eleanor Irwin

The Law and the Gospel by Dr. Stephen Westerholm

A Divine-Human Dance by. Rev Donna Allen

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In the Roman world, “advent” (Latin, Adventus) meant, in the most basic sense, “coming” or “arrival.” At the same time, the arrival of a Roman Emperor, particularly following military victory, was also known as an “Adventus.”  This was the moment when Roman subjects could celebrate—usually at the city gate—the favour of the gods in granting triumph to their leaders, and “salvation” to the general populace.

 For their part, Roman Christians identified the birth of Jesus with a mid-winter pagan festival that marked the return of light to their darkened world.  Thereafter, they established a period named “Advent” in order to prepare for this annual celebration of the “Coming” of their Lord.   For they too wished to commemorate a Saviour whom God had favoured and blessed with victory. 

 In this sense, the season of Advent serves as a reminder that the life of Christian faith is lived in light of Christ’s coming into the world, and in expectation of His ultimate return.  The articles in this issue reflect, in various ways, this central dynamic of Christian discipleship: because Jesus, the Son of God, has come among us, life can never be the same.  I invite you to explore the various ways in which these articles reflect, and reflect upon, the implications and obligations of the “Advent” of Christ.


M. Knowles