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Detail from a mosaic of the Three Magi in the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, Italy. Creative Commons / Wikipedia

Gretchen E. Ziegenhals: The gracefulness of hope

Even in a fearful, divided and dark world, the Magi gracefully and joyfully sought the Christ child by seeing hope in a tiny point of light, writes a managing director at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.

Chrismons ornament: Pelican in her Piety

This Chrismons ornament is called "Pelican in Her Piety." It's part of a series representing the seasons of Christmas and Lent called the "Christian Year Series," designed by Frances Spencer, who created the first Chrismon tree in 1957. Photos by Jessamyn Rubio

Meredith Williams: We are people who ...

Chrismons -- white and gold ornaments representing the story of Christ -- are part of the identity of the Lutheran congregation in Virginia where they originated six decades ago.

After worship services in the Bethany memory care unit, retired United Methodist Bishop Kenneth Carder goes around the room, greeting each resident by name. Carder is serving as interim chaplain at Bethany. Photo by Matt Brodie.

Kenneth L. Carder: Advent, and the longing for home

Serving as chaplain at a memory care facility, a retired UMC bishop learns that the longing for home is an innate hunger, buried deeper than our memories or imaginings. And it lies at the heart of Advent.

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