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Wearing Black in Advent
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

The movement to wear black on December 14 came from several African-American denominations across the nation. Here in Wisconsin, Rev. Scott Anderson, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, jo ...

Purple Flowers of Hope
Originally Posted: 12/18/2014 - 10:39pm | Type: Blog

What storms are you weathering this Advent? What fires assail your mind, body, and spirit? What relationships cry out to be restored? As we wait and prepare for the arrival of Christ in our midst, both in Beth ...

The Pastoral Irony of Advent
Originally Posted: 12/16/2014 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

This is my first Advent as an ordained minister, and I am attempting to quickly learn so many things. Including: what Advent means in different cultural contexts; how to determine the "accurate" them ...

Come, Lord Jesus
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:10pm | Type: Blog

Is this not our great hope, to transform the world? God is with us. This Advent may we again move forward in faith. “A time to wait.” I’ve always struggled with Advent as a ...

Are We Missing the Prophetic Connection?
Originally Posted: 12/12/2014 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

May we use this Advent connection to bring divine light to the nasty here and now.   Editor's Note:  This post  originally appeared  at the  Ame ...

Advent as Protest
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 3:41pm | Type: Blog

Here’s the thing about war: There are only enemies and allies. There is no in-between. At the point of the writing of this article, it has been 124 days since unarmed 18-year-old ...

The Gift of Hopelessness
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

This Advent I am grateful for the gift of hopelessness. Yes, you read that correctly. “But as a mountain erodes and crumbles and as a rock is moved from its place, as water w ...

A Celebration of Life
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

I am led to think of the joy the families of these dead men and boys must have felt at their birth – a moment of endless possibilities – and I also think of the finality – the end of chances represented by th ...

Hope — The Most Important Gift
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

I currently serve as Pastoral Associate at a Catholic parish in Buffalo, NY, where our pastor decided to hold monthly Prayer Hours for Peace in response to the violent outbreaks in Syria, the uprising in Fergu ...

Rhythms
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 9:32am | Type: Blog

Christianity’s rhythm is cyclic, repetitive. Still, in the same way that we can continually find new gusts of loveliness and truth in old Scriptures our eyes have taken in before, each Advent is a fresh encou ...

Hope in the Christ’s Resurrection
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

I don’t have hope this Advent because of the great work Sojourners is doing here in Washington, D.C., or because I try my hardest to live a righteous and loving life. I only have hope because of this Jesus. ...

Trees, Healing, and Hope
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

Rivers and trees. The Bible begins and ends with rivers and trees: Genesis 1-2 and Revelation 21-22. Why is this striking fact not more well known among followers of Christ? What might this latter text teach u ...

Will Faith Stay Safe or Stand Tall?
Originally Posted: 12/03/2014 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

If faith couldn’t address the dark sides, then it was just ritualized nostalgia. It was an in-crowd affirming itself; it was nice people gathering for pleasing ceremonies and making no discernible difference i ...

Waiting for Heaven
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

But wait! What if we‘ve got it backward? To revisit that waiting-goes-both-ways thing: Instead of us waiting on God, what if God is waiting on us? John Dominic Crossan poses that question in his book The Pow ...

Finding The Perfect Gift
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

Like a lot of people, I love giving presents almost as much as receiving them. And the best gifts of all are ones that come with a clear understanding of the recipient in mind — ones that involve thought and c ...

A Season of Hope
Originally Posted: 12/01/2014 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

With all of this pain and heartache in the world, I often find myself asking, “Where is the hope?” “For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes ...

An Advent-Shaped Faith
Originally Posted: 11/20/2014 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

The high liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent have always held a special place in my heart because of their emphasis on the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. But Advent has special significance because ...

To the Millennia and Beyond!
Originally Posted: 11/27/2014 - 12:19pm | Type: Magazine Article

Reta Halteman Finger Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle B.  I CONFESS THAT I DO NOT often us ...

Season of Disruption
Originally Posted: 11/12/2014 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Advent is a time to answer the question, "Which side are you on?"  WHEN JOHANNES ...

The Seven Best Articles You'll Regret Missing from 2013
Originally Posted: 12/26/2013 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

It’s the end of the year and, as always, a great time to reflect on what has happened over the past 12 months. It’s the end of the year and, as always, a great time to reflect on ...

Pope Francis: An Imitation of Christ
Originally Posted: 12/19/2013 - 4:36pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is TIME's Person of the Year. But that is only because Jesus is his Person of the Day — every day. Pope Francis is  TIME's Person of the Year . But t ...

Remembering Our True Source of Joy
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 1:52pm | Type: Blog

Amidst the sadness and injustice of the world, we need to remember that in all things, Jesus is our source of joy. As we prepare for the coming of Christ, the third Sunday of adve ...

Shine the Light of Advent on Child Prostitution
Originally Posted: 12/16/2013 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

Tens of thousands of homeless children (perhaps more) are on the streets in the United States. Reliable numbers are hard to find, because these children for the most part are invisible — and prey to sex traffi ...

Immigration Reform: It Ain't Over Until God Says It's Done
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

Saying an opening prayer at the Nelson Mandela Memorial Service on Wednesday, in Washington, D.C. was both an honor and a blessing for me. The theme of the homily, by my good friend Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak, was ...

Hope and Despair
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

As we patiently anticipate the light of Christ entering anew this Advent season, we must cling steadfastly to the hope we profess. For our help comes from the Lord, who ensures that hope ultimately triumphs ov ...

I Am Not A Good Christian
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

What makes one a good person? Additionally, what makes one a good Christian? I have been spending some time wondering about this as news of Mandela’s death has been making it’s way across the planet. Was he a ...

There's a 'War on Christmas' -- Just Not the One You Think
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

It is not the cashier’s job to share the church’s story of God coming to the world. This story of the incarnation of God is my story to tell, the church’s story to tell, all of Christ’s followers story to tell ...

Would It Be Okay If You Hugged Me? What a Tearful Teenage Boy Taught Me About Advent
Originally Posted: 12/10/2013 - 10:33am | Type: Blog

God had seemed absent, hiding in the shadows of painful circumstances. But it turns out he was with me all the time, and was taking each horrible, painful detail and working it for good. ...

God, Santa, Gifts and a Story for Preschoolers
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

Santa as a model to imitate: He gives gifts for the joy of it and so should we. When I was 4 and 5 years old, my parents hung our stockings up at the beginning of Advent. Each mor ...

Fast for Families: Fasting and Waiting for Immigration Reform in Advent
Originally Posted: 12/03/2013 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

On the first day of Advent, author begins a fast for immigration reform. On the first day of Advent, I began to fast for immigration reform. I’m not a recent immigrant or a pol ...

There's a Difference Between Expectancy and Expectation
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 5:40pm | Type: Blog

We had an image in our mind of what Christmas was going to be and, come hell or high water, it would come to pass. We’d manufacture the feelings we searched for by setting up the perfect scene, and by making s ...

What Are We Waiting For?
Originally Posted: 12/02/2013 - 9:01am | Type: Blog

So much of our religion has become about waiting. Waiting for heaven. Waiting for God to respond to a prayer and to change something. Waiting. What if we’ve got it backward? Much ...

Why Racism Is (Almost) Omnipotent
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

This Advent season presents the church with a great moment — an opportunity — to sharpen its discernment. It is an opportunity for the church and the world to experience a new birth in love, racial justice, an ...

Advent: Fasting for the Reign of God
Originally Posted: 11/27/2013 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

There is an awesome moment in the opening chapter of the book of Luke where the writer frames his gospel as an epic celestial battle taking place in the heavenly realm: This is the story of the reign of men vs ...

Extremes Stretch One’s Faith, Then Leave Us With Hope
Originally Posted: 11/13/2013 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

The reminder of Advent is the sure sense of hope. “O Come Immanuel and ransom captive Israel that mourns in lonely exile here. Rejoice, rejoice . ” The strange contrast of m ...

An Advent Tune-Up for Faith
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 9:45am | Type: Blog

Advent gives us time to 'winterize' ourselves. Thinking back, I haven’t always been great about getting my car “winterized.” I grew up in fairly temperate Kansas, and mo ...

12 Unique Gifts With a Positive Impact
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 9:37am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Invest in the transformation of lives by trying some of these fair trade, eco-friendly gift ideas or charities. ...

The New Commonwealth of God
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:56am | Type: Magazine Article

Joy J. Moore Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle A A PROFOUND SENSE of expectation launches a ...

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 9:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Philip Metres If Advent is a time / of waiting, of joyful anticipation, why are we / so often troubled? The c ...

Alternative Seasonal Reading
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:57am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Books that can be interesting, grounding, and inspiring companions for a complicated time of year. ...

Reimagining Christmas
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 9:37am | Type: Magazine Article

Sheldon C. Good A movement is underway to free people of faith from the yoke of Christmas consumerism. CHRIST ...

Grief, Courage, and Perseverance
Originally Posted: 10/20/2014 - 8:53am | Type: Magazine Article

Brian Doyle Joan Chittister Walter Brueggemann Cherie Q. ...

Waiting for the Coming
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis To feel the pain of the world is to participate in the very heart of God. ADVENT IS UPON US: W ...

It's the End of the World As We Know It and I Feel ... Peace
Originally Posted: 12/23/2012 - 1:14am | Type: Blog

That kind of peace is what descended on my heart and mind in the wake of my father’s death. I didn’t do anything to get it to arrive. I didn’t pray the right prayer or read the right thing. It just … arrived. ...

What Are You Singing: I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In
Originally Posted: 12/21/2012 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

This Christmas I hope those “three ships” will sail toward the light of my Advent candles. And that I’m ready to receive the treasures they bear. One carol I’ve been humming this ...

On Scripture: Can We Speak of God’s Activity, in Triumph or Tragedy?
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 9:40am | Type: Blog

Certain Christians seem compelled to speak for God in disorienting moments like these, and the results are frequently terrible. The rest of the church has a responsibility to get angry and repudiate the statem ...

Advent and Expectations
Originally Posted: 12/14/2012 - 10:19am | Type: Blog

Advent allows us to realign our expectations to His plan. Social justice will not happen in the way that we devise. If God came as this baby Jesus, how will God right all things wrong? ...

The Top 5 Ways to Get Into the Christmas Spirit
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

Sojo is ready to celebrate this season of Advent, our Savior’s birth, and all of the family time and Christmas cookies that come with it. So here it is: The Top 5 Ways to Get Into the Christmas Spirit. ...

What To Do WIth Empty Space
Originally Posted: 12/11/2012 - 1:30pm | Type: Blog

What would it look like for me to let myself be filled with the joy that comes from anticipating God's promises? "Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord h ...

Advent: In Anticipation of Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 10:23am | Type: Blog

While the Season of Advent is viewed in various ways, one method is to perceive it in anticipation of reconciliation, for such personal and public reconciliation is dearly needed in our present day and age. ...