From cow palaces to cathedrals, Christians across the Baltimore region and Maryland gathered this weekend to celebrate the birth of Jesus with sermons about neighborly love, a welcome change after a year of partisan hatred fueled by a divisive national election.
Thousands of worshipers attended the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity's Christmas Eve services at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium to listen to the Rev. Michael White's message about "grace and truth" during one of the largest night-before-Christmas celebrations in the state.
"Like the first Christmas, we're gathered in a barn," White said.
Hundreds of cars snaked along York...