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On December 2, 2018 the congregation of Asylum Hill Congregational Church called the Rev. Erica A. Thompson as the tenth senior minister, and first female senior minister, in the church’s 150 year history.

It seems we are bombarded daily with tragic news from around the globe, and though there was no 24-hour news cycle, life was not very different in Jesus’ day. His birth in the stable occurred during a truly dreadful and most unstable time in history. The bloody and paranoid reign of Herod, who ruled through tactics of mass terror and widespread surveillance, was coming to an end.