To embody an idea is to give a concept tangible human form. I can see it! I can touch it! Whitney Simpson’s Fully Human, Fully Divine invites us to an embodied Advent—an embracing of the concepts and ideas of the Advent season fully, with our whole selves. Christ modeled for us what it meant to be both fully human and fully divine. This Advent resource invites us to practice our humanity aware of the light of Christ within us. It challenges us to live right here, right now as we await the birth of the Christ Child, the embodiment of God’s presence.
During a season that can often become stressful and overwhelming, we are rarely permitted time to be present in our own bodies. We forget that our bodies are blessed and consecrated. God did not create the body to bring us doubt or shame, instead, God created us as living, breathing human beings who have the ability to live wholly—body and spirit together.
In this Online Experience, we’ll practice along with author Whitney Simpson. Whitney and Upper Room staff will guide us in practices that turn our focus to the body God created and embrace what it means to be fully human. By letting go of external demands and giving ourselves permission to be present as we listen for God in our lives, we can learn what it looks like to notice and pay attention to our bodies.
Each week of Advent, we will focus on one theme: Slow Down and Hope, Simplify for Peace, Sit with Joy, and Savor God’s Love. Within each week, we’ll experience a rotation of daily practices including breath prayer, mindful movement, lectio divina, visio divina (which utilizes beautiful, colorful works of art each week), Christian meditation, creative contemplation, and practicing presence.
Our Online Experience includes:
- Weekly live sessions led by Sharon Conley Cottingham and Upper Room staff members. (via Zoom.) Each Wednesday from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Central Time (November 30, December 7, 14, and 21.)
- Daily readings through the weeks of Advent (November 27-December 25.)
- Guided spiritual practices (daily) via video with Whitney Simpson, audio recordings, and written guides.