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Advent | political religion

Disruptive Religion

Why we sometimes need religion to offend us and disturb the status quo

January 2, 2020

Handel's Messiah | Christmas | Advent | George Frideric Handel | Victorian Era | Easter | Michael Marissen | Charles Jennens

Handel's Messiah: A Christmas Oratorio? -- Emily C. Hoyler

The Christian season of Advent abounds with traditions that have been upheld, invented, and reimagined over the centuries. In the West, one such tradition is attending Handel’s oratorio, Messiah (1741), with its famed “Hallelujah” chorus. Every Decem...

December 25, 2014

Ferguson | Advent | Michael Brown | Darren Wilson | dialogue

Ferguson Congregations "Lay It On the Table," Taking a Step Toward Honest Dialogue -- Rick Nutt

In his December 1 Sightings article, Martin Marty noted the “signals of civic breakdown and racial conflict at Ferguson” and the “exceptional religious communities who are addressing issues of inequality and injustice.” No one could downplay the impo...

December 4, 2014