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Posted on Wed, Dec 15, 2010 : 6:30 a.m.

In the Pews: What is Advent all about?

By Darcy Crain-Polly

There is an observance nearing Christmas that is acknowledged in Catholic and mainstream Protestant churches; it is the season of Advent. For those of us in these traditions, it is most obviously marked by the lighting of the Advent wreath, a wreath of evergreens that holds four candles on the outside (three purple, one pink) and one white candle in the middle. For the most part, Advent doesn't hugely effect our lives. However, the practice wasn't always so lax in its demands upon believers. Check out this week's "In the Pews," video blog to learn more!

Darcy Crain-Polly is the Associate Minister at the First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor.



Sat, Dec 18, 2010 : 3:55 p.m.

It is always nice to read about a variety of religious practices in For most Christians, Advent is a special time. With the arrival of one of the two highest holy days in the Christian faith, I hope that we can see front page pictures of celebrations in a variety of church settings. It has come to be expected that pictures and articles about Catholic traditions will dominate the paper. With the wealth of religious experiences afforded us in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area churches, there is diversity within Christianity! One Christian faith is not more "Christian"' than another, nor is Christmas celebrated "more" or "better" in one faith than another.