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This the Morning
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Scott Cairns This is the Month, and this the happy morn Wherein the Son of Heav’ns eternal King, Of wedded Maid, and Virgin Mother born, ...

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. ...

A Tale of Two Hospitals: How Sugar Water Helps Make Christmas Sad
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

This year we were planning to see my folks for Christmas. It won't happen. This year we were planning to see my folks for Christmas. It won't happen. The bills for our ...

Hark! Halloween Haters and Holiday Hype
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Halloween is over. I was standing in the kitchen tonight pilfering through the bowl of chewy, crinkly wrapped treats that my children acquired last night. Poor things. They do all the work of running ...

One Hundred Eyes for One Eye
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

One hundred tons of bombs are Israel's way of saying to the captive citizens of Gaza, Merry Christmas, Happy Eid (feast), and Happy New Year. One hundred tons of bombs are Is ...

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 ...

Christmas in the Trenches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em><em>We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. It has since become our Christmas tradition, kind of our own</em></em> Charlie Brown Christmas <em><em>spec ...

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 ...

The Promise of Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

At the time of year when Christians proclaim the birth of the Prince of Peace, in too many places our world remains wracked by violence, and our efforts to end it seem futile. ...

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 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 ...

Holy Land Holidays
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Thanks to the folks at <a href="http://www.simpleliving.org">Alternatives for Simple Living</a>, I've been refocusing how I celebrate the Christmas holidays. ...

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 ...

Dear Santa, All I Want for Christmas...
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Dear Santa,</p> <p>I remember how Christmas used to be when I was a little girl: waking up early Christmas morning, racing downstairs to see the presents and unwrapping gifts.</p> ...

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 ...

This Season of Giving, Workers Need a Chance to Get Ahead
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> As the holiday season approaches, America's families will g ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Celebrate 'Buy Nothing Day' with 'Make Something Day'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The day after Thanksgiving, thousands of Americans head for the shopping malls for a ritual known as Black Friday, called such as it's a day when many retailers move from the red (losses) into th ...

Christmas in the Trenches
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P><em>We first published this reflection by Jim Wallis in 2002. It has since become our Christmas tradition, kind of our own </em>Charlie Brown Christmas <em>special, if you will. ...

Video: Christmas Greetings from Sojourners Staff
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p> <a href="http://www.sojo.net/sojotube">+ See more videos at www.sojo.net/sojotube</a></p> + See more videos at www.sojo.net/s ...

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 ...

Happy St. Nicholas Day!
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>As you all encounter pictures of "jolly, old St. Nick" this season, remember that St. Nicholas the Wonderworker was a real Christian hero. He spent his life working for freedom and ...

What Would Jesus Buy?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P><A href="http://www.stratecomm.net/~fritz/gallery/revbilly"></A>I became aware of <A href="http://www.revbilly.com/">Rev. Billy</A> last year throu ...

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 ...

A Simple Christmas
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Amy Ard Learning something new by buying nothing new. In the past, the bulk of my Christmas shopping has usua ...

Hiking The Hill That Overlooks The Trappist Abbey Prior To First Vespers Of Christmas, 1990
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Daniel Skach-Mills My breath pluming white into December could, to God, be incense rising out of the puffing thurible of my body. Up here, ...

Happy Holidays!
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum The war on the war on Christmas As this column is written, the seasonal aisle at Kmart has ...

Holy Packing Tape, Batman!
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

James Ferguson If you want to be cool this Christmas, nothing is more “in” than irony and nothing is more ironic than sending gifts wrappe ...

Twelve Days of Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/02/2014 - 9:29am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Susannah Hunter 26: St. Stephen's Day: Give to the poor all tha ...

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 ...

The Twelve Months of Christmas
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bob Hulteen Did you survive the holidays? Did you survive the holidays? What a sad commentary on our society t ...

A Christmas Candling
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 9:46am | Type: Magazine Article

Daniel Skach-Mills Tonight Tonight window-ledged one fragile-winged flame flutters toward a world moth- ...

Touchstones of Remembrance
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 11:19am | Type: Magazine Article

Joyce Hollyday "Can we make this a ritual?" my then-9-year-old niece asked me. "Can we make th ...

Incarnating Joy at Christmas
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bob Hulteen Amidst the joy of celebrating the coming of the Child at Christmas, many of us are caught up in the bustle of holiday travels ...

A Christmas Psalm
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 9:46am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Christmas came early this year, Lord Christmas came early this year, Lord, Not only in th ...

Night Janitor
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 9:51am | Type: Magazine Article

Tim Bascom Hunched over his mop, backbone like knotted cord Hunched over his mop, backbone like knotted cord, ...