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Christmas is Supposed to Be Crusty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It's time to haul out the Christmas lights and stockings, Advent calendars, and odd-shaped Santa pillows from grandparents. Every year I sort of dread dragging all the chaos out of the basement. ...

Advent, Mary, and Sudan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The season of Advent always invites me to contemplate many facets of Christianity: the contrast between what God extols versus the world's values, the power of patience, and the strength of hope ...

World AIDS Day and Rosa Parks' Civil Disobedience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

December 1 is World AIDS Day. December 1 is also the day that Rosa Parks refused to yield her seat on a bus in Montgomery. December 1 is World AIDS Day. December 1 is also the d ...

Getting Ready for the Unexpected
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Walter Brueggemann Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C Elizabeth (mother of John) and Mary ( ...

Fair Trade Christmas Lists and Links
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

So the stores are playing Christmas music and down here in Texas the highs are only the 70s and 80s, so the holiday season must be upon us. So the stores are playing Christmas mus ...

Advent: Apocalypse Now?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations caused by the roaring of the sea and the waves," proclaims Jesus in the gospel of Luke. ...

Our Redemption Draws Near
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Michaela Bruzzese Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle B & C As we end the liturgical year, ...

A Father's Day Reflection
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<p class="title">It's daunting for me to even begin writing about Fathers' Day ... It's daunting for me to even begin writing about Fathers' Da ...

Being Mindful of Our Blessings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

During this time of Advent, a season of cheer and joy, there are people who do not have much in economic standings or bank balances to be cheerful or grateful for. During this tim ...

My Advent Calendar: December 24
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> The Christmas Eve window hid a picture of the baby Jesus with his ar ...

My Advent Calendar: December 22
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>As the days grow shorter, darker, and colder, our longing for the light intensifies. In these length ...

My Advent Calendar: December 19
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> I missed yesterday's Advent reflection. Although I woke up earl ...

Border Walls Keep Out Mary and Baby
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

She walks the trails until her ankles swell and her back pulsates with pain. She walks the trails until her ankles swell and her back pulsates with pain. Her abdomen, swollen with ...

My Advent Calendar: December 17
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>A set of double doors marked "17" on my Advent calendar opened to a charming image of a mi ...

My Advent Calendar: December 16
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> The 16th window on the cathedral revealed a gargoyle-not exactly a t ...

My Advent Calendar: December 15
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>This morning, I found window 15 outside the church building on the stairs leading up to the cathedra ...

My Advent Calendar: December 13
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>The December 13 window opens to the fourth gospel-the eagle symbol of the evangelist John.</p> ...

My Advent Calendar: December 12
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>Following on the theme of the last two windows, Dec. 12 on the Advent calendar opened to a picture o ...

My Advent Calendar: December 11
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>Not surprisingly, when I opened the eleventh window, it revealed a picture of a lion holding a book- ...

My Advent Calendar: December 10
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>As I opened window 10, I had to squint to see a small angelic figure holding a book-the traditional ...

My Advent Calendar: December 9
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>I had a hard time finding window nine, an elusive little door hidden in the bushes outside of the ca ...

My Advent Calendar: December 8
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> As mentioned in an earlier post , this year's Advent calenda ...

My Advent Calendar: December 6
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>When I opened the sixth window on the Advent calendar, a very traditional Christian picture greeted ...

My Advent Calendar: December 5
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>I'm on the road this morning. So I called my husband and asked him to open the fifth window on ...

My Advent Calendar: December 4
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> <p>The fourth window of my Advent calendar opened to reveal a deer in the snow, a nostalgic vision of w ...

Christmas Presence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

A few years ago, as I and the rest of the audience waited patiently for a passion play to begin, a homeless man burst into the church and began running up the aisle, screaming. A ...

My Advent Calendar: December 3
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/my-advent-calendar"></a></p> I love Advent. I love lighting the candles on the Advent wreath, si ...

Who Moved My Cheese?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"The cheese is gone, someone came in and stole the cheese."</p> "The cheese is gone, someone came in and stole the cheese." I looked at Sh ...

Buy Nothing Day as Advent Activism Against the Demon Mammon
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W5t_VeoxZA"></a>As per usual, on Friday, we had all sorts of Buy Nothing Day festivities (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v ...

Re-Rooting Ourselves in God
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 2:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Being vessels of that perfect love that casts out fear. With many more Americans struggling to pa ...

Elections and Christ the King
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger The great wheel of the Christian liturgical year is turning once again. The great wheel of t ...

Christmas Presence
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Michaela Bruzzese Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary for December. A few years ago, as I and the res ...

Make Something Money Can't Buy (Glue Gun Optional)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Since the early 1990s, a guerrilla campaign has been waged by ...

Acts of Advent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>During Advent, as I kindle the wreath candles that mark the journey to the Bethlehem stable, I return to particular writers that I love and certain music that I can't seem to get through the sea ...

Creative Cures for the Common Christmas
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>A few years ago I remember a pastor friend telling me they tried something a little different for their Christmas services. Instead of the usual holiday d&eacute;cor and clutter of the sa ...

How Did Advent Accelerate?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>As a child I found no joy in an Advent calendar; all those little flaps and doors and bite-size pieces of chocolate signified nothing more than the fact that Christmas was still a really, rea ...

The Habit of Advent
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger What habits do you have that generate hope? "Advent is the beginning of the end of all ...

Speaking of Maybe
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Andrew Hoeksema Why blessed uncertainty is the language of Advent. Speaking of Maybe ...

Waiting for God
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 11:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh Advent is the time in our church calendar that redirects us toward our source of sustenance, the hope that God will come, and ...

An Advent Meditation
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 11:35pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger This is to all who serve on the human front, wearing any mask that will get you home. A word: While we are all dying to ...

Catalog Jesus
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 11:42pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter I confess: I was a catalog girl who grew up to be a catalog woman. I confess: I was a catalog gir ...

Waiting and Hope
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:24am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Advent, incarnation, and the daily news. Advent stretches over the four Sundays before Christma ...