Reclaiming Christmas

Americans are expected to spend more than 700 billion dollars on Christmas gifts this year. That’s an average of 16 million dollars every minute. The sense of disquiet over the commercialized version of the Christian Holy Day, a season often beginning before Halloween, is not new. The Puritans cancelled Christmas for 22 years in Boston, from 1659 to 1681. Anyone ‘exhibiting Christmas merriment’ was fined. That is definitely not on the agenda of this edition of Challenge 2.0, Reclaiming Christmas from Consumas.

Challenge 2.0 airs on MeTV on Sunday Mornings at 7:30 AM.

MeTV Chanel List

Host:  Jeff Renner


Pastor Katie Ladd: Queen Anne United Methodist Church

Pastor Terry Kyllo: Treacy Levine Center and Neighbors in Faith

The Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton: Trinity Episcopal Church, Everett

Father Mike Raschko: Seattle University and the Archdiocese of Seattle

Challenge 2.0 Overview

The Treacy Levine Center, in partnership with Weigle Broadcasting and Seattle Community Cable TV, is announcing the Challenge 2.0. With host Jeff Renner, panelists from many faith and wisdom traditions will gather to take on the challenges that face us today. Panelists will bring their wisdom to the table to help us envision the future we all desire, and what we can do to get there. Panelists will bring a capacity to listen, learn and strive toward love for all the human family.

About the Treacy Levine Center

The center’s roots lie in the pioneering television interfaith dialogue program, “Challenge,” begun in 1960 in response to widespread fear among Americans concerning the prospect of a Catholic president.  As an outgrowth of that dialogue, participants Rabbi Raphael Levine and Father William Treacy founded the Treacy Levine Center in 1966, under its original name, Camp Brotherhood. Now that the camp has sold to Camp Korey, the Treacy Levine Center is refocusing its mission to cross the bridge to our common humanity through media, events and encouraging personal action.