“Your pictures will appear on AdventWord and bring us together in prayer as we prepare to celebrate Christmas.”
-Brother Jim Woodram, SSJE
SSJE Presents Adventword
Looking for inspiration in Advent? Look no further than Adventword, a daily devotional project. It’s simple: sign up with SSJE (Society of Saint John the Evangelist). You’ll receive an inspirational email from the Brothers each day during Advent. Each message includes an image, a reflection, and a special word of the day. The word of the day might be Proclaim, or Shine, or Worship. The strength of this devotion is its combination of depth and simplicity.
To receive the daily Advent email, sign up/subscribe for free at adventword.org/signup. Note: if you already receive SSJE’s “Brother Give Us a Word” each day, you will automatically get the Adventword emails. You do not need to re-subscribe or sign up.
The “Global Advent Calendar”
Each day, after reading the message from the Brothers, SSJE invites you to join the project. In other words: it’s your turn. Take a picture that captures your response to the word of the day and share it online.
Your image could be in response to the word, the meditation, the SSJE image, or someone else’s image. For example, here is a person who responded to the word of the day Proclaim.
All of the shared images for each day/word will be compiled together on the Adventword.org website. People from around the world will be contributing pictures to build a Global Advent Calendar with thousands of images.
How to Add Your Image to the Global Advent Calendar
When you are ready to post your #adventword image, the first thing you need to decide is which social media platform to use.
This is one of the easiest ways to share an image with #adventword. Simply tweet your picture and include two hashtags. The first hashtag should always be #adventword. The second hashtag will be the word of the day, such as #proclaim. As long as your Twitter account is public, the adventword.org website will find your tweet and add it to the global Advent calendar.
For those who prefer Instagram, especially for taking and sharing pictures, the process is very easy. Simply share your picture and include two hashtags. The first hashtag should always be #adventword. The second hashtag will be the word of the day, such as #proclaim. As long as your IG account is public, the adventword.org website will “see” you image and add it to the global Advent calendar.
If you are a Facebook user, you know that uploading and sharing images is easy. You also know there are different levels of privacy settings. If your posts are restricted to Facebook friends (or friends of friends), the adventword.org website will not “see” your post, even if it has the #adventword tag.
Can you still use Facebook to contribute your image to the global Advent calendar? Yes! Post and share with your friends on your page. Then go to the adventword Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AdventWordOrg), and post your image there. Just remember to LIKE the page first.
A Word about Hashtags
Hashtags (words following the # sign) are used on social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. Hashtags are essentially a tagging and index system. They collect posts that are like one another. They also make searching for particular words searchable across the internet.
So for example, if you created a post on Twitter with the hashtag #Superbowl, you would signify that your post is about the Super Bowl. Your post would be indexed with any and all other posts with the same hashtag. Of course, hashtags can build upon one another. If you were a Panthers fan, you could narrow your post by using #Superbowl #Panthers. Adding #CamNewton would further refine your message.
We hope this makes sense. Hashtags are the mechanism by which Adventword.org locates your shared picture, and posts it in the correct location on the global Advent calendar. So remember to use #adventword and #(word of the day) on all your shared images! Below is an example of what a daily page looks like on the global Advent Calendar.
The Joy of Digital Advent
As Canon Jamie Callaway, general secretary of the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion, explains: “Advent Word intuitively draws on the cell phone, which today’s students globally have made a body part, to discover God’s presence in the abundance of creation, civilization and humanity.”
For a nice one-page explanation of Adventword that you can share with your church or friends, check out this page on the Anglican Communion website.
Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) is a community of men giving our whole selves over to living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Rooted in the ancient monastic traditions of prayer and community life, and critically engaged with contemporary culture, we seek to know and share an authentic experience of God’s love and mercy. We live a common life shaped by worship, prayer, and our Rule of Life.
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