christmas

  • 25 Dec 2009

    The Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, used his Christmas Midnight Mass message at Westminster Cathedral to criticise the idea that happiness comes from wealth, status, celebrity and how we are regarded by society.

  • 25 Dec 2009

    The message of Christmas is about a revolution in our hearts and in our world, says Simon Barrow. But not on the terms of worldly power and might.

  • 24 Dec 2009

    The President of the Methodist Church in Britain has challenged people to look beyond the romanticism of the Christmas story in search of the reality - which includes confronting a world of division and injustice.

  • 24 Dec 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.

  • 23 Dec 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.

  • 23 Dec 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.

  • 18 Dec 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.

  • 15 Dec 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.

  • 15 Dec 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.

  • 10 Dec 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.