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This Isn’t Just Jesus’ Birthday

It isn’t just Jesus’ birthday. The whole of creation is reborn.

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El Paso is Bethlehem

Today there are Bethlehems all over the world as families are forced to leave home environments, travel to places unprepared for them, and find a way to survive on their own.

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Enlightenment @ Christmas

Christmas is a season of lights… And a season to become enlightened…. To notice and amplify the light that shines within us all, revealing inner wisdom and guidance for our lives. 

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Transforming Christmas into Thanksgiving

Why not at least integrate working on gratitude as our routine attitude during “the season” this and each year —and continue our practice into each new day of the fresh year?

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What Say You?

A Puzzle for the Christmas Season

Christmas presents us with an intersection of religious and secular stories that come from and come with a mixed bag of fact and fiction

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A Joyful Path Children’s Curriculum, Year One – Book + PDF

For Classroom and/or Home Schooling

Compassionate, Intelligent, Inter-Spiritual, Non-Dogmatic

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A Joyful Path Children’s Curriculum, Year One – Book Version

For Classroom and/or Home Schooling

Compassionate, Intelligent, Inter-Spiritual, Non-Dogmatic

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A Joyful Path Children’s Curriculum, Year One – Book + DVD

For Classroom and/or Home Schooling

Compassionate, Intelligent, Inter-Spiritual, Non-Dogmatic

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Let 2022 Be Your Ode to JOY!

I wonder what the numerous losses our world has experienced in the past two years may have liberated us from. What joys may we discover in this liberation? In the freedom from the way things were? In the discovery of stars to guide us? In the joy we allow ourselves to take in each new birth.

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Hope – Remembering Christmas Eve 1941

Woven into the fabric of the disturbing news that continually bombards us are those moments of humanity, mostly unreported, that tell us who we really are.

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Lo, Christmas Songs Reworded; SF Opera chorister Amy McKenzie sings

Blessed Christmas-tide even in a particularly bleak mid-winter. One carol includes a metaphorical rose blooming in darkest winter.

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Peace, Health, and Democracy on Earth for a Second Pandemic Christmas

Jesus was best known for healing and exorcising. The crowds that came for medical help got more than they may have expected as they heard him speak about justice for everyone and love for neighbors and enemies. Spreading health and preaching compassion were at the heart of being the Prince of Peace.

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The Omega Tree

With childlike wonder and anticipation, I too will be dreaming this holiday, less of a White Christmas than a multi-colored, trans-religious, trans-disciplinary, trans-“everything” world, one complete with an iconic (conic?) tree, party hat, and in a literary sense, megaphone.

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Luminous Darkness: An Advent Exercise to Embrace Every Part of You

As the days grow shorter and autumn deepens its hues, this past Sunday marked the beginning of the season many Jesus-followers call Advent. Once, Mary began her long journey to Jerusalem to oblige their state’s census while growing the life of Emmanuel (God-with-us) within her. Now, we attend to the ordinary matters of life while carrying the hoped-for life of the Divine kin-dom, culminating in our collective celebration of the Christmas season.

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EcoSanta – EcoHymns

‘Seeds of Peace’ is set to the carol-tune O little town of Bethlehem. It’s sung by a Children’s choir in London.

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Christmas for Adults: When Jesus Isn’t the Reason for the Season

Jesus is, in fact, no longer the reason for the season. But the reason this is so extends far beyond the cultural and commercial contamination of a quaint old tale.

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Light for the Midnight Darkness of the COVID Winter

 I have found two books to be especially helpful this Christmas. Living under COVID restrictions is like being imprisoned. Sermons written by Martin Luther King, Jr., while in jail speak directly to the concerns of today, although he was thinking of the situation in the 1960s.

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Christmas Magic

It wasn’t until two years ago that I finally understood the magic of Christmas. I tell people with regard to Passover seders that until you’ve been to at least three of them, you don’t really get the genre. I guess I needed a few Christmases of doing it to understand that it’s not about the tree and the gifts.

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