What the Gospels Really

Teach About Jesus’s Birth

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 Advent Book Study
with Deacon Ari Wolfe

Online Discussions begin November 2nd

Every other Wednesday from 2-3pm PST:  November 2, 16, 30 & December 14

Every other Friday from 12-1pm PST:  November 11 & December 9


  From In The First Christmas Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan—top Jesus scholars and authors of The Last Week—help us see the real Christmas story buried in the familiar Bible accounts. Basing their interpretations on the two nativity narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, Borg and Crossan focus on the literal story—the inner truth rather than the historical facts—to offer a clear and uplifting message of hope and peace. With The First Christmas readers get a fresh, deep, and new understanding of the nativity story, enabling us to better appreciate the powerful message of the Gospels.


   Come join in our 2022 Advent Book Study and Read-along! We will try out a new format this time, with weekly discussion sessions via Zoom alternating on Wednesdays and Fridays for more availability. All are invited to join, even if you are not able to attend the online discussions.

For those attending online sessions: please get a copy of the book and read the Preface and Chapter One prior to our first meeting.

Once you have registered, an email will be sent with confirmation and more details.

The Reverend Ari Wolfe, MTS  The Reverend Ari Wolfe (she/her) is a deacon in the Episcopal Church, currently serving at St. Columba’s Church & Retreat House in Inverness, California. With an eclectic spiritual background, she holds a Master's degree in Theological Studies from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, with a focus in the area of Queer Theology and how congregations can better extend welcome and support to people who are LGBTQ-identified. Deacon Ari was ordained in November, 2019 at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the School for Deacons. She has three adult children and lives in El Cerrito with her husband and 3 cats. A life-long social activist, she is excited to bring conversations of racial justice and a curriculum for anti-racism to the community. For more information, please visit