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  • 12/03/2014 12:31 PM
    Message # 3163096

    Christians around the globe have entered the season of Advent. The four weeks leading up to Christmas Day. These four weeks are often associated with Hope, Joy, Peace and Love. Or sometimes Faith, Hope, Joy and Peace.

    I have been wondering lately what a UU Advent might look like. Would we want to highlight the same four virtues in the weeks before Christmas? Our understanding of the Christmas holiday is different, by and large, from the Christian community. Yet Christmas Eve is one of the most packed services of our liturgical year, many of us celebrate Christmas as one of the most important holidays of the year, and often for more than just cultural or traditional reasons. I suspect it's because, whatever our theology, Christmas still holds a message of hope, of possibility, of community and of love.

    So I wonder, still, what our four weeks might focus on? Would we include justice? Would we want to highlight community? Would we use the word faith? Especially in these difficult times, would we still hold up joy? Or are these times all the more reason to do so? What place would hope have?

    If I told you we were going to spend the four weeks leading up to Christmas on four virtues, what would you want them to be?

  • 12/04/2014 9:37 AM
    Reply # 3163967 on 3163096
    Kenneth Counselman

    Peace-making, celebration of differentness (I don't think really a word), compassion in action, and justice-building. However, what I really like about Advent are the little candle wreathes, with four candles, one of them being pink. Lovely solstice hangover from our pagan ancestors. Incidentally, joy Sunday in Advent at my alma mater (St. Johns in Minnesota) was known by some flamboyant clergy as "Pink Sunday." The particular vestments owned by the abbey and worn by same flamboyant clergy were wonderfully bright hot pink. That's what I'd like for Advent here--more pink! Ken C.

  • 12/10/2014 2:32 PM
    Reply # 3167879 on 3163096

    I love that, Ken! I may have to invest in a pink advent stole.

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