First Sunday in Advent 2016!

Welcome to the New Year of the Christian calendar. I know the Gregorian calendar begins a new year on January first, and our personal new year may happen on our birthday, I also know that the liturgical calendar begins for the new year today, this very morning, we are now in the liturgical calendar date of Year A 1st Sunday of Advent! So, happy New Year!

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...for to him all of them are alive

In this week’s gospel, Jesus is questioned by some Sadducees. They are authorities and have some power… and perhaps feel threatened by this upstart Jesus who has a different message than the one that keeps them safely in their power and authority, or perhaps is simply a message that they truly don’t understand. Jesus’ response is one that steps out of the word-trap they set for him and offers a completely different perspective.

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To Speak and Be Heard

This week in Hendersonville, North Carolina, the 2016 Lansing Lee Conference will consider the question of whether civility and respect as spiritual values are essential to democracy. Led by Los Angeles Times writer, Mark Oppenheimer and a panel of thinkers and writers, participants will explore the idea of transformational leadership. As we look toward the elections of 2016, how can the country go from a place of partisanship to engagement? On September 24, 2015, led by Pope Francis, the United States Congress applauded the Golden Rule. The next day, things were back to normal.

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