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Mommy, Do Jews Believe In The Christmas Story?

Rabbi Daniel Brenner | Posted 02.10.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Brenner

Last year before Christmas I got a Facebook message from my church-going high school sweetheart. Her children were very interested in this question. What follows is my letter to them.

Preparing For Christmas

Fr. Richard Rohr | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion
Fr. Richard Rohr

The actual message of Jesus was so urgent that we can not allow the great feast of Christmas, and its preparation in Advent, to be watered down in any way.

What Are You Waiting For During Advent?

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Is it an opportunity to meet the surprising around you? Is it an opportunity to reflect on what is most needed in your heart and in the world around you? How are you going to wait for that gift?

Pregnant With A King (Or Queen)

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

How ironic that the announcement of Kate Middleton's pregnancy was made on the second day of Advent! Has the season of Advent been shadowed or enhanced by the news of a modern-day royal birth?

Advent: Asking For A Sign

Alan Jones | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Alan Jones

The problem is that Christmas has lost it's shock value. One of the great purposes of Advent is to help us recover that shock.

Like Me! Friend Me! Poke Me!

Jack Levison | Posted 01.30.2013 | Religion
Jack Levison

The Christmas season is, we all know, harried. In our rush to please, our hurry to purchase, many of us will make quick decisions. Like me! Friend me! Poke me! But the Advent season is a time of waiting, expectation, hope.

10 Steps To A Stress Free Christmas

Rick McDaniel | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Rick McDaniel

Christmas can be a very stressful time. It is a frenzied season full of expectations and obligations. It is quite possible that in a season where you should experience peace and joy you may miss out on all of it.

Los Tres Reyes: Did We Miss A Holiday?

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 03.07.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

Because many of us don't celebrate this holiday, the story of the Magi in Matthew 2:1-12 often gets neglected in our Christmas celebrations. But let's take a few minutes today and reconsider this profound story.

My Wish List For The Tres Reyes Magos

Rev. J. Manny Santiago | Posted 03.06.2012 | Religion
Rev. J. Manny Santiago

For my family, the biggest celebration has always been that of the Día de los Reyes Magos or Epiphany Day. The tradition is for kids -- and adults too -- to write a letter to the Wise Men with their wishes.

Photos Of Epiphany Around The World

Posted 01.05.2012 | Religion

The Feast of the Epiphany, marking the end of the 12 Days of Christmas, is generally observed on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. Epiphany -- which is variou...

Luke 2:22-40: How Are We Caring for Our Children Today?

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Hedahl | Posted 02.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Hedahl

Within this text of love and support for a child, we unmistakably hear the note of justice sounded clearly. Indeed the rising and falling of many has and will occur in terms of their treatment of children.

The Absurdity Of Christmas

David Lose | Posted 02.21.2012 | Religion
David Lose

I've been struck by the ads and billboards atheists have purchased this year suggesting that Christmas is a myth. Struck. Not offended or angered. Just struck. And they may be right.

The Real Christmas Story

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 02.19.2012 | Religion
Rev. Jesse Jackson

This Christmas, let everyone take a moment for the real story. Let us take stock of how we treat the young in the dawn of life, the poor in the pit of life, the elderly in the dusk of life.

Advent Birth Pains: Staying Awake To The Heart Cry Of The World

Rev. Laura Rose | Posted 02.13.2012 | Religion
Rev. Laura Rose

The season of Advent sounds a discordant note in a world abuzz with holiday Muzak: The world around us is in turmoil, God. We need your presence. Come and occupy our world now!

Why Do I Doubt Both The Atheists And The Theists?

Vincent Bugliosi | Posted 06.12.2011 | Religion
Vincent Bugliosi

Even though I don't feel that a belief in God (theism) or disbelief in him (atheism) is unintelligent, I do feel that a certitude about either of these two positions is.

Epiphany: When Three Kings Beat a Royal Flush

Rose Marie Berger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rose Marie Berger

Blessed Feast of the Epiphany! The story of the three kings who come from the east to worship the baby Jesus is a favorite family celebration in Christian tradition.

Newborn God: A Christmas Meditation On The Birth of Jesus

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

How overwhelming the first Christmas must have been for Mary and Joseph. Few things can provoke such intense worry as a newborn child. But few things promise such unreasonable hope, such unexpected change and such unbounded joy.

What If Christmas Means More Than Easter

Walter Beebe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Walter Beebe

What if Jesus' birth, not the resurrection, heralded humanity's rebirth at a whole new level?

The Point Of Christmas Pageants

Rick Hamlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

The Christmas story has what all great stories must have: the characters become changed, the shepherds leave their flock, the wise men follow a star, a young father trusts a dream and a girl becomes the mother of God.

Dueling Billboards And The Myths of Christmas

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kenneth C. Davis

The importance of the winter solstice is crucial to understanding not only the date of Christmas but many of the other "myths" of this season.

Books Probe Christmas's Religious Origins

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Whitney Jones Religion News Service (RNS) Somewhere in all of the sparkly lights and wrapped packages and jolly elves of Christmas, there is -- or...

The Annunciation Of Surprises (VIDEO)

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

A new video meditation on the Annunciation, the God of Surprises and a beautiful work of art.

Advent Advice: Prepare For A Divine Interruption

Joel C. Hunter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Joel C. Hunter

During this solemn season of Advent, the preparation to re-live the birth of Jesus, we can get ready to worship God in such a way that we will be ongoing agents of reconciliation.

Understanding The Truth Of Advent By Acknowledging The Reality Of Death

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Should we as Christian people and families cave in to the secular expressions of the season or should we call things what they truly are?