Category: Religion

“Christmas is a tough season”: Barbara Brown Taylor

Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, “Home by Another Way: A Christmas Story.” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Shelia M. Poole writes:

Barbara Brown Taylor has been called one of the effective preachers in the English language.

She’s one of Christianity’s most influential writers.

Now, the Georgia-based theologian and best-selling author of “Leaving Church” and “Learning to Walk in the Dark” has turned her attention to reaching young minds.

“Christmas is a tough season,” said Taylor, who recently released her first children’s book, “Home by Another Way: A Christmas Story” on Flyaway Books.

“There is so much oversell and such high expectations,” she said. “Everyone gets into buying and selling happiness a lot. This is a quieter story.”

The 40-page book follows the three wise men on their journey to Bethlehem. It focuses on the travelers but also the star that guides them.

The book grew out of a suggestion by her editor, who said so many of her sermons sounded like short stories, why not turn one into a children’s book?

Jewish groups attack Jeremy Corbyn over anti-Semitism

Jeremy Corbyn

“Enough is enough,” Jewish groups have said in a letter accusing Jeremy Corbyn of failing to tackle anti-Semitism.

The Labour leader has said he is “sincerely sorry” for the pain caused by “pockets of anti-Semitism” in the Labour Party.
Mr Corbyn said he would be meeting representatives of the Jewish community to “rebuild” confidence in his party.
However, the organisations behind the open letter are planning a protest outside Parliament later.
The letter – drawn up by the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council – said there has been a “repeated institutional failure” to properly address anti-Semitism.