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'SYRIAN SOLSTICE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

'SYRIAN SOLSTICE' - A sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar

The sermon was delivered on Sunday, December 18, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister. SERMON DESCRIPTION Solstice represents the darkest time of the year and comes with the promise of hope being born out of that darkness. Today, people all over the world are witnessing atrocities and war crimes of unbelievable proportions in Syria through photos, tweets of despair, and live-feeds on social media. As millions of people - including thousands of children - face starvation, barrel bombs and torture at the hands of their fellow human beings, are there any signs of hope's promise in such a dark time? Where is God in this mass devastation? How and why are Syrian Christians creating makeshift crèches? How have Syrian Muslims maintained their holidays and hope despite the inhumanity and destruction? Let's not just talk about the theory of light's birth in dark times, let's stare into the heart of darkness today and see if we can f