We’re really excited about a new product in our 2011 holiday gift collection: the Prosperity Candle Advent Votive Set. This set of 4 votive candles (3 in purple & 1 in pink) is getting an enormous amount of attention from congregations and individuals who are already devoted to humanitarian work and social justice and now want to celebrate advent with socially conscious candles that empower women refugees. Each candle is made by a woman refugee from Burma who is rebuilding her life in Western Massachusetts. For women like Moo Kho, their jobs with us have been the first they’ve ever had. For others like Mee Mee, it is the only job they can have because they don’t speak English.
As always, each of our candles includes the name of the woman who made it and a story about the impact of the candle so you can reach out directly to her to let her know what you thought of her candles. For these advent candles we’ve also added a story card reminding those practicing advent about the symbolism of each candle. For us, the importance of “joy”, “hope” and “love” is not limited to Christian faiths. These sentiments relate to us all.
Will you take photos of your family or congregation lighting our advent candles? Please share your story of what the candles mean to you!
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In the spirit of Women’s History Month, our thoughts are drawn to the many women who contribute to society in a myriad of ways while expecting nothing in return. They are hidden from view. Yet these women are transforming communities and making a positive difference in the world. They are unsung heroines.
March is about celebrating women… something we’re pretty excited about. There is so much to appreciate, so many barriers yet to topple, and so many amazing women to recognize for their accomplishments.
Ah, Valentine’s Day. Every year we look forward to it, but here’s the thing. Ever since Eve Ensler started One Billion Rising as part of her V-Day movement to end violence against women and girls, we’ve felt conflicted about this holiday.