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Advent, the season of expectation, arrived for us in 2014 on Sunday 30th November.
For the final Middle East analysis podcast of 2012, we have chosen to set aside, temporarily, the hard political angles and social realities of the Middle East North Africa region and instead focus on the seasons of Advent and Christmas.
On Advent Sunday (2 December) Methodists in Britain will celebrate and raise money for the work of a fund which supports work across the community.
UK based global development agency Christian Aid is offering people a "thought provoking, chocolate-free countdown to the Christmas celebrations."
The themes of Advent, the situation of Christians in Israel-Palestine at the moment, plus the meeting of the Holy Land Coordination in January 2011 are topics covered in a recently recorded podcast.
A community group in Hoylake, Wirral, will this Christmas be projecting the radical 1964 Pasolini film about the life of Christ onto a church in the town’s High Street.
The message of Advent is that, in the face of our human crises, change is coming and change is possible, says Simon Barrow. And it is a curious desert prophet who signals its depths and possibilities.
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.
Public figures, scholars and peacemakers are among those speaking and performing at a celebration in London which aims to connect Palestinian Christians with those in the UK.
The season of Advent is about waiting and anticipation. But what kind of Jesus is the church expecting by the way it behaves, asks Simon Barrow. What is it truly mortgaging itself on?