Thursday, November 6, 2008

Tucson Christmas Conspiracy

Stores are already stocking the shelves with Christmas kitsch. So, it's time to get subversive. Introducing the next Join the Living project: The Tucson Christmas Conspiracy. We're offering opportunities and tangible ways to embrace the spirit and revolutionary love of Christmas without all the stress and credit card debt. And we aren't the only ones. A whole slew of creative churches and communities around Tucson are participating in a national movement called the Advent Conspiracy.

The Tucson Christmas Conspiracy is our way of bringing the idea to life locally. Join the Living's offerings kick off the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and continue every Sunday at 4 pm until December 21.

The scoop on The Tucson Christmas Conspiracy:

• November 23: First off is a showing of the documentary, "What Would Jesus Buy?"
• November 30 & December 7: For the next two Sunday's at 4 pm we'll buck consumerism and the mall. Instead we'll gather for a group craft/art/creative extravaganza. Like a giant Stitch & Bitch, with the purpose of making gifts for our friends and loved ones instead of buying them.
• December 14: Barter Bazaar and Baking. Bring things you've made or have laying around the house for trading with others. One person's trash is another person's Christmas gift! At the same time make and decorate cookies and baked goodies.
• December 21: Longest Night Christmas Service. Join however makes sense for you. From 4 to 5:15 is meditation. 5:30 is a shared meal. And at 6:30 we'll offer prayers and sing while recognizing both the pain of the world and the light of Christ being birthed in us. This is the actual longest night of the whole year.

All events will begin at 4 pm in the parish hall of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 545 S. 5th Ave., just south of downtown Tucson. Each gathering will include a vegetarian meal at 5:30. We'll use local seasonal food. A $5 donation is suggested if you can swing it to cover the cost. Any extra funds will be donated to the Community Food Bank.

Everyone is invited. So come, spread the word and bring some friends!

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