Category - christmas

  • December 24, 2009

    Christmas is actually much more about the real world than it is about a lovely story of far off places in far off times, says David Gamble. It demands faithful action for justice from us, not religious evasions.

  • December 23, 2009

    hard nosed adults should put Santa Claus and his ancient partner Saint Nicholas back into the holiday season, says Gene Stoltzfus. There's more reality and challenge in the myth than we might imagine.

  • December 23, 2009

    With the ongoing conflicts raging during each passing year, the remarkable story of the World War I Christmas truce remains tragically relevant, says Jim Wallis. Particularly as we think about Afghanistan.

  • December 18, 2009

    Edwin Denby’s attempt to link the famous Nutcracker ballet with the message of Christmas – from “envy and pain” to “invention and social harmony” – offers only part of the potential religious content of this seasonal ritual, says Spencer Dew.

  • December 15, 2009

    As Atheist adverts claiming “There’s Probably No God” are set to adorn buses in New Zealand, a church has launched a controversial billboard for Christmas, depicting Mary and Joseph in bed together.

  • December 15, 2009

    Employees of the arms company Lockheed Martin experienced a surprise seasonal visit when activists turned up in festive costume to sing “updated” carols. The singers focused on the company's role in making nuclear weapons.

  • December 10, 2009

    The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is facing strong criticism for participating in a carol service at a church that carries out “exorcisms” of gay people. The incident is being compared to Ken Livingstone's hosting of a fundamentalist Muslim.

  • December 8, 2009

    Although he didn't realise it, Gordon Brown's re-introduction of class into political debate was a thoroughly 'Christmassy' thing to do.

  • December 2, 2009

    Advent is "a time of waiting, but it is not a time to sit around and wait for someone to do something," Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori says in her seasonal message.

  • November 30, 2009

    I was filled with a warm, fuzzy, Yuletide glow when I heard some news earlier today, which looks as if it will do a little to put the more radical Christ back into Christmas (