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As we approach Advent during this time of pandemic, we need to be intentional in the spiritual practice of resetting our lives and seeking holiness.
An Illinois community came together to paint a 1,700-square-foot mural on the side of a gymnasium promoting racial justice.
The walking path leads me along the edge of a wooded draw. Glancing down through the shadows of the trees, I notice a bright flash of light. With a turn-aside and a second look, I see that the creek has managed to pull the sun out of the sky, all the way down to the lowest place in the woods. From the water there, the sun blazes up at me.
In his poem “I Will Light Candles This Christmas,” Howard Thurman talks about illuminating the world with more than just wax-dipped wicks flickering with yellow flames. Rather, the light the theologian and civil rights leader envisions burning brightly is the light of Christ shining through us — the light that dashes away sadness with joy, replaces fear with courage and banishes despair with hope.
This year’s pandemic-tinged Christmas gives us a great opportunity to step into the Christmas story — much like Mary did at the manger.
Through Matthew 25, God gives us instructions on how we should use the “talents” — capabilities, wealth and other gifts — he has entrusted to us.
We can make Christmas more meaningful by stretching out our celebration across 12 days — from Christmas Day until Epiphany (January 6).
God invites us to find the best place in his service and our highest purpose by joyfully use our passions, talents and interests.
Two California worshiping communities collaborated to support a family farm and two beehives via the Presbyterian Giving Catalog.
Since 1979, a beloved annual conference has helped minority theology students find affirmation, friendship and mutual support.