Hospitality: the challenge and the promise of Christmas

It is a fond and familiar thing among mothers to tell birth stories. Sometimes, the stories are peaceful, beautiful, and astonishing. They can be quite disturbing. Often enough, they sound like the war stories. So many babies are “almost” born in the back of a car, in an elevator, in a boiler room, somewhere between the toilet…

The Way of the Manger: An Interactive Sermon for Christmas Eve

  The following is an interactive sermon meant to be read aloud by members who are in attendance. Some parts have been directly adapted from a sermon by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, titled “My Spirit Rejoices.” [The congregation should be arranged in manner that encircles an empty manger, decorated so as to help those in attendance focus their…