This year, we’re sharing a different Advent resource each week. We’re especially focusing on resources that provide deep reflection in a doable amount of time, and that feel the weight of this year and also point us to the riches of our hope in Christ. Today we’re delighted to point readers to Cole Arthur Riley’s Black Liturgies, an ongoing collection of contemplative prayer and reflection shared through Instagram.
Cole Arthur Riley describes herself at her website Black Liturgist as “a writer, liturgist, speaker seeking a deeply contemplative life marked by embodiment and emotion.” She also serves as the Content and Spiritual Formation Manager for Chesterton House, a center for Christian studies at Cornell University.
Cole weaves together biblical images and stories, quotations from literature, contemplative prayer, and contemporary events, expressing the lament and longing of this Advent with profound beauty. You can find the beginning of Cole’s Advent 2020 prayers here, or simply head to Black Liturgies and start with the most recent Advent prayer.
Hannah Eagleson is Interim Associate Director of InterVarsity’s Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). She launched and still edits ESN’s collaboratively written devotional for academics, Scholar’s Compass. Hannah also crafts other community-building events and materials for ESN. She holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Delaware, and an MA from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. she’s working on a novel about a dragon who gave up fending off knights to become a tea importer in eighteenth-century England.