For Christians, Halloween actually provides a great opportunity to show confidence in the face of death. "Do not fear what they fear..." (I Peter 3:14-16)
The return of the regular September-June program year brings with it new opportunities for formation and relationships.
When you create a Prayer Space in your home, you are reminded of God's presence at all times, while also making a connection between church and home.
Pentecost was June 12th, and now we’re into the long green season of the church year. Green is the liturgical color for the season of Pentecost, and this season takes us from the Day of Pentecost until the first Sunday of Advent. That’s a lot of time.
My generation (at least in my experience) is in a place where the desire to know the stories of our families is intensified.
Is your community one of invitation, inclusivity or radical welcome?
This May marks the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible. Credited with democratizing religion and rivaling Shakespeare’s influence on the English language, the KJV can be called “The Book That Changed the World.”
Hot cross buns are perhaps the strangest of these customs as they are sweet rolls that are eaten on the most important fast of all, Good Friday.
Somewhere along the line, I developed a dislike for Lent. Who likes to do without something they love?
Whatever we call it, it’s the last blast before the solemn season of Lent begins. For some, this pre-Lenten ritual involves parades, music, food, beads, and a full celebration. For some, it is the ritual of that last night before Alleluias are put to bed and the meat is cleaned out of the pantry for forty days.
In the early Church, Lent was a time of preparation for catechumens, who would undergo a rigorous period of instruction, reflection, self- denial, scrutiny, prayer and exorcism in order to become candidates for baptism.
The association of St. Valentine with pink hearts, boxes of chocolates, and the exchange of romantic fancies has no intrinsic source in the character of life of this saint.
Leaders are taking creative, spirit-filled risks within liturgical, historic churches, loving our traditions enough to bring them to new life in today’s culture.
In Christian communities today, it continues to be a day of purification, renewal, and hope. Some call the day Candlemas, (Candle Mass), which comes from the activities associated with the feast.
On the Epiphany of Our Lord, January 6, family and friends can gather at the main entrances to homes or apartments (nursing home quarters, extended care facility, hospital rooms), and ask God's blessing on their dwellings and on all who live or visit there.
There is the expectation of myself to produce the perfectly decorated house with the sprinkle-covered sugar cookies and the perfect presents perfectly wrapped under the 7’ Christmas tree that it took me hours just to put the lights on, never mind the rest of the stuff.
Las Posadas includes a procession led by children, followed by adults and musicians. Included in the processional is a doll representing the Christ Child and images of Joseph and Mary riding a burro, walking through the community streets.
Almighty God, in your love you gave your servant Nicholas of Myra a perpetual name for deeds of kindness both on land and sea.
Maybe your parents had things in their home, that when they are gone, the things speak their names to you.
Thanksgiving dates back hundreds of years. Thanking God for the harvest is an important part of our religious lives. Indeed, Thanksgiving belongs to prayer.