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Advent

For many churches, January is full of discussions and negotiations about budgets. Instead of a time of renewal, it’s a time of uncertainty and tense conversations, affecting clergy’s ability to plan and lead. […] Read More

With the Advent wreath in storage and the Christmas tree recycled, Epiphany Sunday urges us to abandon the old road of fear, suspicion and exclusion. If our celebrations are more than ritual, we must find another road. […] Read More

Even though Christmas Day is behind us and society has moved on to its next cultural event, the Gospel reminds us the birth of Jesus is only the beginning of a life of growing and maturing in the presence of God. […] Read More

We pursue status and wealth like prizes at a carnival game. Instead, if all of us could learn to live fully in God’s love, we wouldn’t be anxious about amassing life’s cheap, comparative prizes. […] Read More

Often overshadowed by our rousing choruses, the events of the Christmas story reflect an inclusive humility. When you begin to notice it, it’s hard to miss the emphasis on the “lowliness” of what is portrayed in the narrative. […] Read More

On the fourth Sunday of Advent, in our hurry-up-and-spend world, we still wait. With Elizabeth and Mary, with David and Micah, even with old Abraham and Sarah, we wait for the love within us to be born into our world again. […] Read More

When we’re so focused on all our holiday preparations, it’s easy to forget that Christmas is coming. A time to remember and celebrate God sending Jesus to live among us and show us how to be more loving. […] Read More

Instead of filling your schedules with one commitment and celebration after another, listen to that still, small voice inviting you to hold on to the joy of the moment during this season of hope and expectation. […] Read More

When you concentrate your focus on giving the gift of joy, fully allowing yourself to participate in the celebration of what God is doing in other people’s lives, you find joy yourself. […] Read More

In the company of purple and white candles, the pink candle of joy in the Advent wreath appears to be blushing. It’s a contrast to our culture, which seems to have lost the ability to blush. […] Read More