News and Views from the Unitarian Churches in Arborg and Gimli, Manitoba.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Sunday, December 15 — MAKING PEACE WITH CHRISTMAS
Sunday morning, December 15 — ARBORG UNITARIAN CHURCH, 11:00 a.m. Sunday evening, December 15 — GIMLI UNITARIAN CHURCH, 7:00 p.m. MAKING PEACE WITH CHRISTMAS — In recent years, there's been much prattle about the so-called "War on Christmas," the successor complaint to the old demands to "put Christ back in Christmas," as if Jesus had somehow gone missing for those who sought to honour him. Much like the wars on poverty, drugs, and terror, the "War on Christmas" is a bogus conflict that masks the real problem — some people want to take the Yuletide hostage for their own narrow views and partisan ends. Let's make peace with Christmas instead — peace with our own conflicted memories and feelings about the holiday, peace with our families and friends, peace with merchants and even malcontents, and most especially peace with our neighbours who keep the season differentlybut who keep it holy nonetheless. And having made peace with the season, may we then go forth as agents of peace in the world. All are welcome! Refreshments will follow each service. In Arborg, participants are invited to bring apparel, toys, or nonperishable foodstuffs for The Mitten Tree, which will be presented to the local Christmas Cheer Board. In Gimli, the service will feature a celebration of candlelight and carols.