Dear friends,

Happy New Year and Happy Ninth Day of Christmas!  Celebrating Christmas season has been particularly moving to me this year. I am awed by God’s willingness in Christ to enter our dark world, to share in our joys and sorrows, and to keep shining the light of faith, hope, and love.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it” (John 1:5). During these Twelve Days of Christmas, we celebrate the One who says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). Imagery of light is also basic to the season of Epiphany, which begins on January 6. How will we bear witness to the light of Jesus Christ? 

Writing a letter is one way to bear witness to the light. A few weeks ago the Boston Globe published a Letter to the Editor that I wrote in response to its editorial, “Trump’s unprecedented assault on Mother Nature.” The text of my letter is here .

Another way to bear witness to the light of Christ is to participate in the new campaign, “ Light Up the Map .” Did you know that local elected officials receive so few phone calls and postcards that hearing from just six constituents is enough to create a mandate for action?