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Mary Had a Baby: An Advent Study Based on African American Spirituals, Student Guide
Abingdon Press / 2003 / Paperback
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This is a four-week Advent study based on four African American spirituals. Each session includes the historical background of the spiritual being studied, a devotional for use during the session, and activities to help group members prepare for the coming season of Christmas.
Mary Had a Baby: An Advent Study Based on African American Spirituals provides the opportunity for small groups to learn more about the Spirituals and their connection to the Bible while deepening faith and knowledge in a fun, and interactive setting.
Mary Had a Baby contains four sessions, one for each week of Advent. Each session is made up of the lyrics and recorded music of a Spiritual, the historical context of that Spiritual, reference to the related Scripture and discussion questions and suggested activities.
The four Spirituals featured in Mary Had a Baby are:
A session of Mary Had a Baby might go something like this: The group listens to the music and interacts in some form of activity, such as liturgical dance, singing, or role-playing. The group then reads the Scripture passage and historical context of the Spiritual. Next, there is discussion and interaction based on the Biblical, historical and spiritual themes of the words and music. Participants can reflect on the culture, art, spirituality, history, and contemporary meaning of the Spirituals.
This student book contains all of the historical and devotional material as well as Scriptural references and discussion questions.
Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan is Professor of Theology and Women's Studies and Director of Women's Studies at Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has authored many books, including Mary Had a Baby: An Advent Study Based on African American Spirituals and Undivided Soul: Helping Congregations Connect Body and Spirit (by Abingdon Press).
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