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This past Sunday was one of the high-holy days of the year at CMC – Music Sunday of the Advent/Christmas season.  Children began the service with a sampling of music they had shared the night before for the Christmas play, the choir sang the songs they carefully rehearsed this fall,  instrumentalists added their wordless language of beauty, and everyone present had plenty of opportunity to participate in the full choir, a.k.a., congregational singing.  And it was a full house.  As far as I can tell, that service and Easter are the best attended of the year.

This Advent I’m...

 

OK, so the Christmas season is about a whole lot more than getting and receiving gifts, but most of us likely participate in gift exchanges to one degree or another.  Keeping it in the category of old-school print media, with a progressive Anabaptist flavor, below are three items our family has especially enjoyed which might be fitting gifts for people in your life.

Children of...

Below is the text  of an Advent devotional I wrote for The Mennonite website blog.  Each day during Advent, The Mennonite will be posting a reflection written by different members from across the MCUSA family.  The reflection below was written for day two of Advent, but all the other daily reflections can be found HERE.  

 

2 Peter 3:1-18

Every year, the Christmas season seems to slip earlier and earlier into November (...

 

There was a stretch of years in my 20’s when I struggled with whether or not one could be authentically grateful in a world with so much injustice.  The more aware I became, the more tainted were the ‘blessings’ I enjoyed.  Gratitude, it seemed, involved temporarily closing one’s eyes to the bad stuff and giving thanks that, despite it all, me and the people I most love have got it pretty good.  It didn’t help that our national holiday of Thanksgiving could also be told as a story of disaster and loss for American Indians.

But I no longer think this way.

Specifically...

This coming Sunday, we will be welcoming nearly 40 members of the Illuminati choir who will be sharing special music with us during the service.  The choir is the sacred ensemble associated with the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus.  Approximately once a month, Illuminati shares music at various religious institutions and events around the greater Columbus area in the hopes of building bridges between the LGBTQ and religious communities. 

Illuminati has a special place in my heart...

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