Dave Coaker, editor of PCN Britain's quarterly, Progressive Voices, shared this Christmas message in the magazine's December 2015 issue.The over-excited anticipation of Christmas has taken a sombre turn this year as it began in the wake of the horror of the events in Paris. The twinkling of lights, carols, seasonal songs, bright wrapping paper, Santas, and stable scenes, all feel out of place in the aftermath with the rolling news that tells of gun fights, explosions, and aerial bombing in distant lands.
This is the text of a letter from the chair of PCN Britain, Adrian Alker, which was printed in the Guardian today and in the Church Times last week.
Church of England's director of communications is bewildered at the refusal of leading cinema chains to screen a film version of the Lords Prayer, saying that the "multi -generational cultural event offered by the release of Star Wars" was too good an opportunity to miss. A week after "Star Wars :The Force Awakens" is first screened, Christians celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, a man who opposed the normalcy of the Roman Empire's practice of making war to bring peace at the expense of justice.