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1.The arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.
2.The first season of the church year, leading up to Christmas and including the four preceding Sundays.

On the First Sunday of Advent at All Saints Church in Pasadena we lit one candle — as we always do: the Candle of Hope. This Advent — this week — that Candle of Hope was kindled with our hearts breaking at the escalating cycle of violence against unarmed people of color in our nation.

So we lit that Candle of Hope with prayers both sadness and with gratitude that there actually are people refusing to be polarized over differences and instead choosing to mobilize over shared values of love, justice and compassion. To end the scourge of violence in our streets, the unjust profiling of people of color in our communities and their unequal treatment in our justice system.

Hope that the armor of light we put on during Advent is a light to ALL people. And hope that in our coming together to shine that light we can participate in bending that arc of the moral universe a little closer to justice by our shared witness to the God who created us all in love and called us to walk in love with each other.

Join us in lighting a Candle of Hope that we not only can but will stand together against polemic and polarization by focusing instead on the mobilization of God’s values of love, justice and compassion. Join us in speaking out against racism with all its hatred and ugliness. And join us in trusting together we truly can turn the human race into the human family and together becoming the hope we are called to be.