By Caroline Triscik, Rev. Ellen Williams Hensle, Sr. Jocelyn Edathil and Sarah Cowan Johnson

Advent Traditions: Three Conversations

"There is something about Advent that reminds me that...my anchor is behind the veil, and with Jesus who is sitting on the throne and is going to return — and that is a sure thing."

In this special Advent episode, WAP associate Caroline Triscik interviews three guests from different Christian traditions, Rev. Ellen Williams Hensle, Sister Jocelyn Edathil, M.D., and Pastor Sarah Cowan Johnson, about their personal Advent practices. We hope you'll find something in these interviews that resonates with you as we enter this season of waiting together.

You can listen on iTunes or at All Shall Be Well: Conversations with Women in the Academy and Beyond. We hope you enjoy these conversations as much as we did.

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Eternal God,
in the stillness of this night
you sent your almighty Word
to pierce the world's darkness
with the light of salvation.
As Mary waited and labored
for the birth of your son,
so we wait for his coming in glory.
Bring us through the birth pangs of this present age
to see our great salvation.
Give to the earth the peace that we long for
and fill our hearts with the joy of heaven,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

 

About the Author

Caroline has served with InterVarsity since 2002 as a campus staff member in northwest Indiana and most recently in central Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on creative writing from Purdue University in 2002 and is currently working toward a master’s in clinical mental health counseling at Messiah College. Caroline, her husband, John, and their three children live in “the sweetest place on earth,” otherwise known as Hershey, Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she likes to read, discover new music, and attempt to train her uncontrollably exuberant Labrador retriever, Pax. Caroline is an associate with Women in the Academy and Professions.

The Rev. Ellen Williams Hensle is the Associate Pastor for Youth and Discipleship at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas. She moved to Austin last year after finishing her MDiv at Princeton Theological Seminary. Ellen graduated with a BA in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also served as a campus staff minister for InterVarsity. When she’s not pastoring, she loves making music of all kinds and exploring her new home state.

Sr. Jocelyn Edathil SIC was born and raised in Philadelphia and reared in the Eastern Catholic tradition, namely the Syro Malankara Catholic Church. She went to Villanova University where she graduated with degree in Chemistry. She then went on to complete the MD/PhD dual degree program at Penn State, subsequently attending Temple University for Internal Medicine residency. Afterward she began formation with the Sisters of the Imitation of Christ (also known as the Bethany Sisters in India) and made her first profession of vows in August 6, 2016 in Elmont, New York. Currently she works at Temple University Hospital as Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine where she teaches medical students and residents. She is heavily involved in Ethics, Diversity, and Humanism in Medicine. She speaks on a variety of topics including vocational discernment and intercultural communication as well as current trends in social media.

 

Sarah Cowan Johnson serves as the Executive Pastor of Sanctuary Church, a family of neighborhood congregations in Providence, Rhode Island. Her passion to provide strategic leadership within apostolic systems was cultivated during her years on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, where she served as the Area Director for Rhode Island & Southeast Massachusetts prior to joining the Sanctuary team. She has been married to her husband Greg for 13 years and they have two boys, ages 8 and 5.

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