Claremont United Methodist Church usually steps outside the norm at Christmas.
Instead of displaying farm animals, three wise men and baby Jesus resting in a manger, Claremont United disrupts the nativity scene by inserting a political statement — but they're not making as provocative a statement this year.
This year, the display on Foothill Boulevard has been replaced by a banner declaring "Peace on Earth" in multiple languages. The artist who installs the nativity scene each year, John Zachary, said that the church decided not to move forward with his design themed around gun violence.
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Rev. Mark Wiley, Pastor at the Claremont United Methodists church. The church has an annual tradition of unconventional Nativity Scenes