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January Magazine 2022

Happy New Year, Rupert’s Landers! To ring in 2022, we’re exploring the season of renewal in the Christian calendar.  Andrew Rampton opens our January issue with a strong statement on the enduring meaning of Advent in the Church; then, Gerry Bowler winds us through a brief history of New Year celebrations in both the Christian and secular calendars. On page

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In the Silence

This month, contributors to the magazine converse with silence.

In our Community Catechesis section, Phil Barnett writes about the Christian contemplative tradition and introduces readers to spiritual practices of silence. Kirsten Pinto-Gfroerer meditates on silence amid suffering—on “trusting silence” which may sit with pain. Allison Abra and Matthew Bowman are interviewed about St John’s College’s efforts to house Ukrainian refugees and the gift of enlivenment that the college’s guests have brought amidst the quiet isolation of the pandemic. Finally, Theo Robinson challenges readers to consider “silent voices,” those persons whose voices are suppressed through means subtle and direct, and consider how we might speak up for all.

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