The true gift of giving is when you give of yourself – your time, your effort, your caring. Listen in as Rev. Melanie explores the power of true giving with wisdom, insight, and humor. Learn about gift-giving in years past, and enjoy a retelling of the classic “The Gift of the Magi” by Charles Dickens.

“Bring Back the Light” by Gypsy

From November through January, religions around the world celebrate lights and the return of the light in various ways. In Rev. Melanie’s talk “A New Life”, she discusses the different faith traditions’ light celebrations at this time of year and what they mean to us individually and personally.

Click here to watch Melanie’s talk about “A New Life”.

NOTICE: One World claims no copyright to any of the music or artwork used in this video. Please visit Gypsy’s page for more of her beautiful music.

Enjoy this playlist of music celebrating winter solstice, also known as Yule. Notice how many of the songs have been adapted between the pagan and Christian faiths and how similar the messages are between the two. At the time when pagans are celebrating the rebirth of the “sun” and the light returning, Christians celebrate the birth of the “Son of God” who they say came to light the way.

Although much is known about Christianity in American culture and globally, pagan holidays and beliefs are often not well understood and even misunderstood. However, both pagan and Christian traditions are intended to light the way of a life of peace, love and joy.

Click here for more information about Solstice (also known as Yule).

Welcome to the season of the light! Around the world many celebrate this time of year as a time of renewal, rebirth, and illumination. Join Rev. Melanie as she explores the symbol of light as celebrated during Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, as well as the miracle of the lights celebrated during Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday beginning Dec. 6 at sundown and ending on Dec. 14. Enjoy!

A local, interfaith protest against violence in San Bernardino and elsewhere

POLITICAL INSIDER Dec 05, 2015 – By Jim Galloway, Political Insider blog My friend Amjad Taufique, to whom I’ve introduced you before, has sent this multi-faith protest against the mass shooting in San Bernardino – but elsewhere, as well. He’s inviting other congregations to sign on as well. Read here: The recent violence against innocent civilians is a