RNS Opening Budget — Monday, December 16, 2019

RNS-Advent-Justice: The original ‘Blue Christmas’: New Advent resources focus on grief, justice before celebration
(RNS) — While many churches have started to hold “Blue Christmas” services to make space for those who are grieving while so many others are celebrating at this time of year, the liturgical season of Advent leading up to Christmas has held that space since the fourth or fifth century. And a number of new Advent resources available this year admit a bleak midwinter spirit, drawing attention to grief and injustice. By Emily McFarlan Miller. 1,287 words. (category: a)

RNS-Burton-Oped: Keeping the longing in Christmas
(RNS) — With Christmas carols and holiday parties, advent may be the last vestige of a liturgical life lived in common. But even those who want to keep the Christ in Christmas forget that this season is as much about the agony of waiting for the new Jerusalem as it is about the childlike anticipation of Christmas morning. By Tara Isabella Burton. 800 words. (category: k)