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  • 2016 Advent dates: November 27 - First Sunday of Advent December 4 - Second Sunday of Advent December 11 - Third Sunday of Advent December...

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  • By Annie Gonzalez Milliken
    For those of us who follow the Christian tradition, now is the season of A dvent , a time of waiting. And whether we are Christian or not,...

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  • By Robin Tanner
    Advent is about expectation—radical expectations that undo the status quo—and anticipation: a skillful search for the places where liberation rises from the ashes.
  • By Elea Kemler
    Every year, I tell the congregation not to worry about mistakes because there aren’t any; there is only us, telling an old story about love getting born into this aching world.
  • By Erin Powers
    It’s been said that it’s easier to untangle a string of lights if you plug them in; it’s no different for people. Humans, just like strings of lights, are wired for connection.
  • By Jake Morrill
    An adequate Christmas would have you calm and open, taking it in, accepting whatever is. Slow it all down like you might be, in some way, attuned to the pace of the Eternal. If you need, you can fake it at first.
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    I know a little about "merry" meeting "mess" at the holidays — and by a little I mean How much time have you got? Four Christmases ago, a...

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  • By Cricket Hall
    In this time of waiting, may we hold the world in our hearts. ...
  • By Megan Dowdell
    Each week until Christmas, we light a new candle on the Advent wreath, a circle of evergreens, along with each of the preceding candles.
  • By Lyn Cox
    We’ll light these Advent candles, one more each week, to remember hope, peace, joy, and love. As we light them throughout this season of waiting, let us remember to be fully present in the moment with each other, with ourselves, and with the source of blessing as we understand it to be.
  • By Gwen Matthews
    Once upon a time, a baby was born. Even before that baby was born, there were people waiting and wishing and hoping for that baby. The...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    For each of the last four Sundays, we’ve lit candles on the Advent wreath. Each light was a step into the darkness, towards the turning of...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Week 4: Love (Dec. 24, 2017) Every Sunday morning this month, we’ve woven Advent into our worship life at [congregation]. “Advent” comes...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Week 3: Joy (Dec. 17, 2017) Advent is a season of waiting, of expectation, and of longing. On this third Sunday of Advent, we light one...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Week 2: Peace (Dec. 10, 2017) The four candles on this wreath count down through the season of winter’s dark leading into the light. Advent...
  • By Robin Bartlett
    I was talking to someone recently about the story of her church-going life, and she told me about a time in her life that she stopped...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Week 1: Hope (Dec. 3, 2017) Many years ago, thousands of years ago, people in the northern hemisphere were thought to have gathered wreaths...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    This is the season of endings and beginnings, when the small signs of dawn pierce through the night and something new is born. But first...
  • By D. Scott Cooper
    We bow our heads in order to imagine not one path, but many. We imagine a path forward for those who cannot imagine any path forward,...
  • By Gwen Matthews
    As December opens up before us, we welcome in the gift of reflection. We turn toward our holiday celebrations and search for common threads...
  • By Quinn G. Caldwell
    One of my favorite things about all the rituals and traditions attached to this time of year is the way they mess with time. My husband and...
  • By Jann Aldredge-Clanton
    This hymn text was written to accompany the tune St. Louis, commonly known as "O Little Town of Bethlehem" (#246 in Singing the Living...
  • By Jim Burklo
    “‘God did it’ isn’t an explanation,” said Joseph. He got no account for the baby’s chromosomes, No description of the mechanism that...
  • By Howard Thurman
    When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back...
  • By Rebecca Parker
    You have to know your body as the home of God And this is the purpose of Christmas. The rose blossoming in the wilderness is the unfolding...
  • By Jan Richardson
    God has a fondness for what is fragile. This means us. Advent tells us that God came to us—and comes to us still—with complete...
  • By Kendyl R Gibbons
    One of the great things about Christmas is that it is a sturdy holiday. Christmas doesn’t wimp out when times are hard – it comes anyway,...
  • By Jan Richardson
    Go slow if you can. Slower. More slowly still. Friendly dark or fearsome, this is no place to break your neck by rushing, by running, by...
  • By Cynthia Frado
    I am always in a bit of a shock when December 1st arrives on the calendar. I always feel like there should be at least another week beyond...
  • By Lyn Cox
    Mary: Hi! Are you on the way to the hill country, too? I’m going to the hill country. I'm on my way to see my cousin Elizabeth. I can’t...
  • By Ruben Piirainen, Suzelle Lynch
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  • By Fr. Austin Fleming
    This prayer was written to accompany the Advent hymn "People, Look East," #226 in Singing the Living Tradition. Spirit of the Living God,...
  • By Lisa Doege
    A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December twenty-fourth, The Flaming Chalice (1965). The Unitarian Service Committee adopted the flaming chalice as their logo in 1941...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December twenty-third, “O Holy Night” (1855). The first English translation of "O Holy Night" was by Unitarian minister John Sullivan...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December twenty-second, The First Unitarian Church Founded in Transylvania (1557). Despite recognition under the 1557 Act of Religious...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December twenty-first, the Winter Solstice. (The point along the Earth’s annual solar orbit when the northern hemisphere is at its furthest...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December twentieth, first of Elliot’s Ariel Poems, “The Journey of the Magi” (1927). "Magi" is Unitarian T. S. Eliot’s first of 5 Christmas...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December nineteenth, "The Many Moods of Christmas” (1963). Robert Shaw was best known as the conductor of his namesake Chorale. In its day...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December eighteenth, "Do You Hear What I Hear?" (1962). Amid the anxiety of the Cuban missile crisis, Unitarian Noel Regney wrote the text...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December Seventeenth, Rod Serling’s Christmas Specials (1963). Though Jewish, Rod Serling always loved Christmas (maybe because his...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December sixteenth, Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales (1835). When the man he loved married a woman, Danish Unitarian Hans Christian...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December fifteenth, the First American Christmas Tree (1832). Unitarian Minister Charles Follen delighted his son and party guests with a...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December fourteenth, “I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day” (1865). Unitarian Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Wrote "Christmas Bells" (a poem...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December thirteenth, first department store Santa (1890). Department storeowner James Edgar delighted customers’ children by walking about...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December twelfth, Christmas Day is Clara Barton’s Birthday (1821). Clara Barton, Universalist and founder of the American Red Cross, is a...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December eleventh, Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" (1843). Unitarian Charles Dickens impacted the way Christmas is celebrated today...
  • By Ralph Yeager Roberts
    December tenth, Christmas Scenes in "Little Women" (1868). Unitarian Louisa May Alcott wrote over a dozen Christmas-themed stories and...

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