News from the Hill November 05, 2009 | back to index
Carole R. Fontaine, Taylor Professor of Biblical Theology and History at Andover Newton and 2010 Theologian-in-Residence at the Pass-a-Grille Beach (FL) Community Church, United Church of Christ, is leading a special, multi-media Advent Lectionary series on the church’s website and in a supplementary publication.
“Advent” (from the Latin, adventus, “coming”), is observed by many Christians in Western Europe and the Americas on the four Sundays preceding Christmas. The first Sunday in Advent is the start of the Christian year in many churches and Advent as a whole is used to prepare both for Christmas and the second coming of Christ. A traditional “lectionary” is a schedule of readings from the Bible for use in church services.
Andover Newton alumnus Rev. Dr. Keith Haemmelmann says that his church’s goal for this project is “to strengthen pastors and their congregations by providing progressive Biblical scholarship, grounded in the most recent Biblical research, and available in the most direct and cost effective manner.” The project also attempts to bridge the gap between the professor-theologian and the local parish by offering “a resource that it is hoped can be used to support preaching, assist with worship, and aid in adult study.”
Professor Fontaine’s Advent Lectionary material is presented in two parts:
1. A four-week video presentation by Professor Fontaine that can be viewed online or downloaded for use by clergy for preaching and worship at the Pass-a-Grille Beach Community Church website. It can also be used as a resource for an Advent Study Group.
2. A written Advent Worship Companion is available that provides not only further analysis and explanation, but also ideas for worship service, including prayers, music, and liturgical suggestions. In addition, there are study guides and discussion questions for use in conjunction with the videos. Click here to order the supplemental book through http://www.lulu.com.
Professor Fontaine is internationally recognized as a leading feminist scholar on the Hebrew Bible or “Old Testament” and is the author of numerous books and articles. She was a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology during the 2008-2009 academic year.