christmas

  • 19 Dec 2014

    To say that 2014 has been a tumultuous year in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region would be to understate the situation considerably. It has been momentous.

  • 19 Dec 2014
  • 19 Dec 2014

    The ‘power’ of Christmas – as symbol, story, narrative, myth – lies in its reminder of God’s disinterest in glamour, cool and position. It reminds us that God, as ultimate Other, does not need all the things many of us think are fundamental, but are actually props for our vanity, our position, and even our desire to serve the institution, says the Rev Rachel Mann in an intensely personal reflection on the meaning of the season.

  • 17 Dec 2014

    India's government and media are arguing over whether a minister tried to make students come to school on Christmas Day. Controversy continues over coerced mass conversions. It is a time of deep insecurity for religious minorities.

  • 17 Dec 2014

    A group of Scottish football fans, including former Homeless World Cup players, will play in a Belgian tournament to commemorate the ‘Christmas Truce’ match.

  • 14 Dec 2014

    In chapter 11 of Matthew’s Gospel Jesus speaks of his forerunner, the spiky and angular prophet known to us as John the Baptist.

  • 12 Dec 2014

    Shortly after Christmas 1914, an order was issued by John French, the general in charge of the British troops on the Western Front. He had heard of the informal truces that had broken out along the front on Christmas Day. He ordered that such events must never be repeated. A year later, ahead of the following Christmas, soldiers were reminded that they would be charged with disobeying orders if there was another truce.

  • 7 Dec 2014

    Early Quakers held a 'Testimony against times and seasons'. Although this is not observed with as much rigour in our own day, we still hold to the belief that as all life is sacramental, so all times are holy and none should be marked as more holy than another. Christmas therefore, is a rather more low-key event with us than it is with society generally.

  • 7 Dec 2014

    “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,” writes St Paul in the Epistle set for today in many churches.

  • 3 Dec 2014

    This year Ekklesia has, for the first time, developed an Advent Calendar, in partnership with our colleagues at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in London – which has a long history of social engagement, as well as work with homeless people and others excluded from the Feast of Life to which Christmas points.