Cover Story: An Advent Tale of Two Cities … New York and Rome

‘Comfort, Comfort my People’

pope_francis_visits_the_united_states_capitol-2015-2AN ADVENT TALE—In the midst of growing darkness in our Northern Hemisphere, the world’s Christians begin Advent. ReadTheSpirit Editor David Crumm offers this column contrasting the latest news from New York and Rome on darkness, hope and the need for compassion. There’s even a suggestion of an inspiring quote you may want to print out and carry with you through the weeks preparing for Christmas.

wpid-1203th_St_Nicholas_from_Turkey.jpgEASTERN ORTHODOX Christians began their annual Nativity Fast on November 15. Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton has that story. Western Christians began Advent, their liturgical period anticipating Christmas on November 27.

MANY CHRISTIAN families around the world also are looking ahead to the Feast of St. Nicholas, the forerunner of our pop-culture Santa Claus. We have that story, as well.

Check out all the holidays! Tell friends about the simply Web address: www.InterfaithHolidays.com

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INTERNATIONAL ARTS COMMUNITY

kresge-arts-in-detroit-website-1GODSIGNS—Columnist Suzy Farbman brings us an inspiring story, this week, about Michelle Perron, a tireless promoter of the arts who finally landed in Detroit, Michigan. Through various organizations in Detroit, she is actively developing resources for the international community of artists gathered in this city. This is a good-news story about one remarkable woman making a big difference in our world.

 

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FILM, FAITH
& POPULAR CULTURE

arrival-movie-still-4ED McNULTY—Enjoy all of the free resources from Ed McNulty’s faith-and-film website: VisualParables.org.

Among Ed’s new movie reviews are:

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