Proclaim The Holy Birth(s)

A baby is miraculously conceived – his name is Houji. In his mother’s womb, another can already think and respond to outside events – his name is Gautama, the Buddha. Angels foretell a third baby’s birth and tell his mother what to name him – his name is Muhammad. Many religions have miraculous birth stories similar to the one we will shortly tell about Jesus. What are we to make of that fact? Music: Veronika Agranov Dafoe

Our Better Selves

The concept of restorative justice is more than a move beyond punishment to rehabilitation. It requires religious depth, asking us to have faith in the transforming power of love. Jesus had that faith – can we? Music: Larry Chin

Making Room in Our Hearts

Who would harbor you if you needed safe shelter? Whom would you harbor? The tradition of Las Posadas invites us to imagine ourselves as Joseph, Mary, the people who rejected them, the people who welcomed them. Whom do we want to be in this story? This is an intergenerational service. Music: Amir Etemadzadeh, Persian percussion