2016–17 Spiritual Arts Collective — 2

No Room at the Inn

Owing to extenuating circumstances, Will Briar is unable to facilitate this collective. Chaka Zinyemba (2015 Instrumental Music Collective) returns to facilitate in Will's stead; the collective will continue as planned.

Mary tries to smile as she waits. She rubs at the pregnant swell of her belly and sways from side to side atop their donkey when the next contraction tries to fold her body in half. Her dress clings to her legs, already soaked through.

Joseph grips Mary's hand, startling her. Until that moment, Mary hadn't realized that she'd squeezed shut her eyes. "The innkeeper says there's no room," he begins.

Mary blinks away wetness quickly, still smiling, and nods. She straightens up, preparing to journey to one more inn, then another, and another.

"—but the straw in the stable is fresh and, look, Miriam! Water and bread!"

A sound escapes Mary's clenched teeth, but she refuses to admit it is a sob, not even of relief. She is not crying.

Joseph lifts her down from the donkey at last. "Please, my love, it will be all right…"

Facilitated by Chaka Zinyemba

  • December 6, 2016
  • December 13, 2016  cancelled due to low registration
  • Tuesdays, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Because we just want to sip cocoa and have a good time while we watch livestock, angels, and wise men adore the baby Jesus, we tend to ignore the true conditions of the Messiah's birth. We often choose to view those we love in a similar fashion, focusing on the what makes them shine rather than whatever has tried to dim their lights. Unfortunately, it can be easier for many of us to celebrate and give to others than it is for us to celebrate or give to ourselves. This is especially true if we come from toxic backgrounds or feel like we do not belong. On December 6 & 13, 2016, join Chaka Zinyemba to explore and challenge these tendencies through the metaphor of the Christmas story.

First Gathering, No Room at the Inn

  • December 6, 2016
  • Tuesday, 6:00–9:00 p.m.


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