[ACNS] Adventword – the online global advent social media photo initiative being run by the Society of St John the Evangelist (SSJE) and the Anglican Communion Office is underway, with Anglicans around the world posting images on Twitter and Instagram in response to themes suggested by the Society.
People who sign up to Adventword receive an early morning email from SSJE containing an Advent reflection and a theme. Participants are then encouraged to post an image which reflects that theme using the hashtag #Adventword and the theme of the day.
Sunday’s theme was “WakeUp” and today’s is “Proclaim”. The SSJE said in a tweet that they hope the initiative will create “a tsunami of photo and prayer.”
In response to today's theme, Twitter user @theabingdontaxi posted a picture of the dome at the Shepherd's fields in Bethlehem with the words: "With Th' Angelic Host #Proclaim
#AdventWord 2015 Fields of The Shepherds, Palestine"
Canon Jamie Callaway, the general secretary of the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion, whose students are participating on five continents noted: "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.
"While individually these are prayerful moments, collectively they will display the splendor of creation, which is praise."
The Revd Canon John Kafwanka, director for mission at the Anglican Communion Office, said, "I commend to all members of the Anglican Communion and Christians worldwide AdventWord as a way for you to witness your faith and for us to pray together as a communion and as a Body of Christ as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas."