The December 22 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.

In our Christmas cover story, Mark Michael pays homage to the U.S. Postal Service’s long-standing practice of issuing religious stamps for Christmas, and shares some of the history behind Bachiacca’s Madonna and Child.

Continuing another long tradition, two dozen writers and friends of TLC share brief ideas for Christmas gifts, including books, music and a festive holiday recipe. And more books.

There are reviews of Christmas poetry, children’s Christmas board books, and Queen of Heaven, a book tracing the developing role of Mary in Christian theology. A church in upstate New York has been exploring ways to be creative with Lessons & Carols, David Palmer reports.

Kirk Petersen reports on a church in the Florida Keys that is developing an apartment complex to provide workforce housing for residents displaced by Hurricane Irma in 2017.

Retta Blaney reviews a one-man performance of the Gospel of John, and Mark Michael reports on tentative plans for the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury to visit South Sudan together.

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NEWS

  • Pope, Archbishop of Canterbury
    Plan Peace Visit to South Sudan

FEATURES

  • Gift Ideas from Friends of The Living Church
  • New Children’s Christmas stories
    Review by Cole Hartin
  • Small Church Meets Big Post-Hurricane Housing Need
    By Kirk Petersen
  • Injecting Creativity into Lessons and Carols
    By David Palmer

CULTURES

  • Bearing witness to These Things:
    Ken Jenning Performs ‘The Gospel of John’
    By Retta Blaney

BOOKS

  • Queen of Heaven | Review by Mark Langham
  • All Hail the Glorious Night (and other Christmas poems)
    Review by Phoebe Pettingell

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