Christians and Pagans–My Favorite

If you’ve ever been part of a church I pastored, you’ve probably heard this song at Christmas.

A song about Christians and pagans may seem an odd choice for a pastor, but the theology in this song is right up my alley.

Christmas is like solstice, and we miss you and it’s been awhile. It reminds us that we have more in common than we often believe, and that gathering with people you love is never a bad thing.

The tree was lit, the table set, the meal went off without a hitch. There is something special that happens to us when we gather around a table and break bread together. There’s a reason that Jesus chose a table with bread and wine as the mean with which to remember him by.

Finding faith and common ground the best that they are able. When it comes to welcoming and loving people right where they are, we just do the best we can. We don’t always get it right, but that doesn’t mean we should stop trying.

Can I be a pagan, Dad? He said we’ll discuss it when they leave. Yes! That’s it! Don’t BAN other types of thoughts and beliefs from your children. TALK with them about it. TELL them why you believe what you believe. ENCOURAGE them to ask questions. (Can you tell I feel strongly about this one?)

So I encourage you to add this song to your Christmas playlists. Here is Dar Williams’ original.

May you have the opportunity to gather with people you love and who make you feel good about who you are this Christmas.


Rev. Anne Russ is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently based in New York City. Doubting Believer provides tools and encouragement for the rollercoaster ride of your faith journey. Follow me on Facebook , Instagram and YouTube. You can also follow on TikTok. Get emails to keep up with all that is happening.

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