Advent Sunday marks the beginning of a season of spiritual preparation for Christmas. As such, we light the first candle on the Advent wreath, the Candle of Hope. Given the individual aspiration to grow for oneself a life of meaning, the congregational vision of a beloved community for all who seek it, and the global dream of our world that both celebrates our common humanity and embraces our human difference, for what do we hope as 2016 begins to draw to a close?