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Participants in Las Posadas re-enact Joseph and Mary's search for lodging in a nine-day celebration leading up to Chrismas. Photo courtesy of Fiesta Cristiana
In Apex, NC, and across the country, churches are using the Latin American tradition of Las Posadas to connect people to Hispanic culture and the Christmas story -- and to spread the message of hospitality.
As Christmas reminds us, God has been mixing it up with matter from the beginning, and our calling is not to liberate light but to embody it, to work alongside God to knead light into clay, says the philosopher and theologian.
The Catalan nativity tradition of El Caganer -- politely translated as “The Pooper” -- reminds us that God loves us in all our messiness. For a former vicar of an urban church, a real-life reminder of this messiness was also a call to work with the homeless.