Become a peacemaker this Advent and experience the hope of new life!

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Before the joy of Jesus’ birth at Christmas, we walk through weeks of uncertainty about the world, repentance for our sins, and grappling with our need for God’s intervention and God’s call to us to address the injustices of the world. 

Keep Watch with Me, by Claire Brown and Michael T. McRay, offers stories, reflections, prayers, and spiritual practices to sustain and challenge the faith of those who work for justice and peace.

Features daily devotionals by a distinctively diverse collection of collaborators including writers who are black, white, LGBTQ, Latinx, Palestinian, incarcerated, activists, Native American, and more.


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Michael T. McRay 

Michael T. McRay is a writer, facilitator, and story-practitioner living in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s the author of multiple books, including the forthcoming I Am Not Your Enemy: Stories to Transform a Divided World (Herald Press, 2020). Michael is the Southeast Regional Manager for the global empathy nonprofit Narrative 4, and he also hosts Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling. He holds a graduate degree in conflict resolution and reconciliation from Trinity College Dublin at Belfast. He leads narrative retreats and speaks on story, conflict, reconciliation, and forgiveness. You can follow him @michaeltmcray on social media and through his blog at

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Claire Brown  

The Rev. Claire Brown is an Episcopal priest, writer, and facilitator living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her work focuses on the connections between the Eucharist, transformative spiritual practice, and the church's social and political responsibility. Claire is a graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School, the School of Theology at Sewanee, and the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. She blogs at about parenthood, embodiment, theology, and the church.