Christmas

Gay Mens Chorus Washington DC Temple Visitors Center

Gayety at the temple: Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington performs at D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center

December 18, 2019 |

A single concert is only one step forward in a longer process of change and healing. In truth there is still a long way to go for the LGBT community can truly feel accepted and have a sense of belonging in the Church. Love is what we have in common, expressed in the voices of the chorus and reflected in the rising joy and hope in the hearts of everyone in the audience.

Christmas Fire Hydrant

Two Degrees off Center: The True Meaning of Christmas

December 8, 2019 |

Every year at Christmas time, society turns into a frenzy as we get caught up in buying more stuff to add to the stuff we already have but never use. We give stuff to each other, and we buy more stuff for ourselves. We worship Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Travel Tuesday, and every other manufactured holiday, all designed to get us to buy more stuff.

Christmas Ornamen

Happy Holidays from Affirmation

December 21, 2018 |

Some of us may find Christmastime to be faith-affirming, while others may be struggling to define or understand their spiritual identities. As we find ourselves in the midst of Holiday celebration, it is my wish that each of us be gentle with ourselves in our processes.

Light the World

LGBT Mormons can #LIGHTtheWORLD Too

November 28, 2017 |

Service is a hallmark of the LDS Church. For the second year, the Church is encouraging members to serve others throughout December to celebrate the birth of Christ. LGBT Mormons can, and perhaps should, #LIGHTtheWORLD too. What kinds of service might you give to help the LGBT community this Christmas season?

Christmas Tree Flower Glitter

A Christmas Message from South Africa

December 24, 2015 |

What seems to be a hopeless situation, an endless struggle, diminished potential, or a lost cause, the most unlikely to have a happy outcome, a series of irrelevant events, or just some confirmation that my prejudices are correct turns out to be a pretty big deal indeed. A Saviour is born, not as the Emperor of China or the spiritual leader of the Roman Empire, but as ‘just another kid’ with dubious prospects.

Christmas Manger

Celebrating Christmas with His Teachings of Absolute Inclusion

December 21, 2015 |

We will stand with the “red letter” words of Jesus himself, following his radical policies of absolute love and absolute inclusion.  These are the words and the actions we will celebrate this Christmas, for these are the “tidings of great joy.”

Giving the Gift of Affirmation

December 29, 2013 |

Christmas is a season of giving. We remember Mary, who gave birth to Jesus; the Wise Men, who brought gifts to the Child; Joseph, who worked as a carpenter and,…

Affirmation Christmas Party in Washington DC

January 6, 2013 |

Chants Intoned, Albino Pachyderms Exchanged by Edward Jones III I was at the office far too early in the morning. I heard a noise and looked through the haze of cigarette…