In the Beyondering advent series we will be dusting off the layers of familiarity and therefore complacency to attempt to uncover aspects of meaning in this multi-layered and multidimensional ancient story of Christ being birthed in our midst, but yet which are often glossed over or suppressed.

In Advent 2 we look at the mysterious Magi – curious foreigners who are the first on the scene in Matthew’s birth narrative. What are we to make of these mysterious star gazers in this scene? What does their presence point towards for us today as we think about receiving gifts from strange places beyond us?

The featured song in this introduction was ‘May We Be Released’, written by American singer and song writer Carrie Newcomer. To find more of her work check out

Supporting music and sound design was also done by Adam Ball. Check out:

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