Advent Meditations & Prayers from Seminary of the Southwest Dear Friends of Seminary of the Southwest, One of the pleasures of being part of a seminary community is collaboration with talented colleagues. Reflecting on and writing about the Christian life are enriched by doing so together; when the Spirit works among us, new things spring into being. I am delighted to share with you this year’s Advent meditations and prayers written by our faithful alumni, students, faculty, staff, trustees, and friends. It is a collaboration that conveys the distinctiveness and diversity of our community as we each meditate on the joy and promise anticipated during Advent. While December speeds up, Advent slows down. And how difficult it is to stay present. May these short reflections offer support and company as you move through each day of the season, connecting you with the writer and with the wider community of Seminary of the Southwest and our pattern of reading scripture and prayer. Please pray for our beautiful and hurting world this Advent season, and pray that we at Seminary of the Southwest might continue to be equipped and supported by the Spirit to take our part in God’s healing mission. Wishing you and yours a blessed Advent and joyous Christmas. Faithfully, Cynthia Briggs Kittredge Dean and President The Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, ThD December 25, 2015Thursday, December 24 December 24, 2015The Rev. Stephen Kidd December 23, 2015Dr. Stephanie Ramirez December 22, 2015The Rt. Rev. Dena A. Harrison December 21, 2015Dr. Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski December 20, 2015Thomas Temperli December 19, 2015Dr. Steve Bishop December 18, 2015Benjamin Griffin December 17, 2015The Rev. Lisa P. Mason December 16, 2015 Seminary of the Southwest appreciates the support of its friends, alumni and the communities around the world that its graduates serve for the glory of God. This support ensures that Southwest, as an institution made of individuals dedicated to service to God and their fellow members of the body of Christ, can continue doing its part to build the Body of Christ.