Church Street: In the midst of imperfection, Jesus appeared

Church Street: In the midst of imperfection, Jesus appeared

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 16, 2014) -- A spur-of-the-moment event with a wide variety of participants, the annual Christmas pageant at Church Street United Methodist church is a celebration filled with grace, imperfection and joy.

Cute kids and familiar miscues aside, the annual Christmas pageant at Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, is different from most such events. The play itself is unrehearsed, a spur-of-the-moment presentation, with the cast -- mostly children and a few adults -- eagerly volunteering for their favorite roles.

And both the actors and the audience include not only church members but a variety of folks from throughout the area, people who live in some of Knoxville’s nicest neighborhoods and people who are homeless, people who have plenty and people who are going through hard times.

See the entire story in "Faith & Leadership," a publication of Duke Divinity School.