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Cards, Carols, and Claus

Christmas in Popular Culture and Progressive Christianity

An exploration in Christmas as a festival in popular culture and progressive Christianity, with an emphasis on Christmas cards, Carols by Candlelight, and Santa Claus. While the biblical infancy stories in Matthew and Luke are approached from a progressive Christianity perspective

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Without Doubt, Beyond Meaning

What is my reality?
Let doubts be cleared

Faith seeks insights whose truth bring freedom
When I struggle with preferences

The great way blurs
Hope unwraps positive insights

If I allow their insights to open

The great way clears

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Topics: Spiritual Exploration & Practice and Worship & Liturgy. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Meditations and Poetry.

The Universe in God

All creation sings a story
Of great splendours to declare;
When we contemplate its beauty
We are called forth into prayer.
We, enchanted, stand in silence;
God discovered everywhere.

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Topics: Arts and Music and Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 5: Non-Dogmatic Searchers. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Hymns.

After Weeks of Reading Spong

Lord Jesus, whom we call Christ, hear our prayer:
We have finished the book. Were you here, reading over our shoulders? Listening to our comments? What do you think?

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Everything Is Changing

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

Everything is changing
Like the butterflies
Grow from eggs so tiny
To their adult size.

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Responsive Reading

One: God of many names and faces, we have come together for a little while; some to worship, some to lay down burdens, some to find a moment of rest.

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Topics: Worship & Liturgy. 8 Points: Point 3: Inclusive Community and Point 8: Compassion and Selfless Love. Seasons & Special Events: All Seasons. Resource Types: Readings.

Prayer for Light

O God
We have said, “Your word is a lamp for our feet, a light for our path.” Sometimes it seems more like a flickering candle.

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Eternal Fury Fires the Saints

Eternal fury fires the saints,
who shake and rattle, push and shove,
who challenge every bland excuse,
who seek for justice, work for love.

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The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem

And Author John Dominic Crossan

Top Jesus scholars Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan join together to reveal a radical and little-known Jesus. As both authors reacted to and responded to questions about Mel Gibson’s blockbuster The Passion of the Christ, …

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Let’s Play at Being Ice

From the ‘Sing Young, Sing Joyfully’ collection

1. Let’s play at being ice,
As cold as frost and snow,
Bringing sleeping time
When life can grow.

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