Can You Feel a Brand New Day?

Tanya Tyler, Communications Director In the movie The Wiz (based on The Wizard of Oz), when the wicked witch is vanquished at last, the inhabitants of Oz break into a joyful song: “Can you feel a brand new day? Can you feel a brand new day?” At this time of year, we sing joyful songs of our own. “Gloria in excelsis deo! Christ is born in Bethlehem! Go tell it on the mountain! God’s love made visible!” It’s a brand new day. And so we sing. We sing because we are not celebrating a... Read More

Advent Moment: Unexpected Fullness

Rev. Kris Bentley, Lilly Project Director at Lexington Theological Seminary. Of the countless good words in Scripture, few are as hopeful as those that promise, and expect, new life to come forth from dire circumstances. In Jeremiah 33:14-16, this promise takes on the poetic image of the “righteous branch springing up” from within a damaged and disillusioned political situation for the house of Israel and the house of Judah – a house divided. The branch seems to point to a promised... Read More

Advent Moment: Mom’s Favorite Quote

Tanya Tyler, Communications Director My mother was quite the one for pithy quotes. Most of the time her quotes were succinct and appropriate, but sometimes they weren’t very helpful. For instance, one of her favorite things to say was, “It won’t be as long as it has been.” She would use that quote to try to soothe me as I was climbing the walls and chafing at the bit to go back to college after summer break. Now, when you’re a teenager/young adult, that kind of quote is not... Read More