Community & Time

History, sociology, anthropology, civics, politics -- how people, century after century, have learned to live with each other.

Revising the Story of the First Thanksgiving

how can we receive the gifts history offers and use them to practice moral reflection, rather than judgement? Here’s the story we read as part of our celebration of an American Thanksgiving with church family and strangers from other shores.


The First Thanksgiving: Eight Lessons for Learning from History

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The First Thanksgiving

Putting together a coherent story from evidence is hard work. No wonder we reach for story first and evidence after, unless the discipline of History can teach us better habits!


Why Hope Isn’t Always a Good Thing


Hope isn’t wishful thinking. It’s full of requirements.


Creation Groans

By Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK (Falcon 4 Uploaded by Magnus Manske) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Turning & turning – and do we now see /
Mere anarchy at last upon the world?


Veterans Never Stop Serving

2012 Veterans Day Poster

Even after our veterans take off the uniform, they never stop serving. Many apply the skills and experience they developed on the battlefield to a life of service here at home. They take on roles in their communities as doctors and police officers, engineers and entrepreneurs, mothers and fathers.


Politics After the Apocalypse

Cover of Plato's "Republic"

If all the libraries in the world were destroyed and you could save only two books of political theory, which would they be?


Remebering Labor, Entering Rest

To truly make this a holiday, to truly rest in praise of the goodness, truth, & beauty of Labor Day, requires contemplation.


Watching the Cubs from Bahgdad

Here is what Memorial Day means to me today: it means remembering the connections we have to those who are elsewhere, remembering that the small things we enjoy here at home exist in a larger system of past and present service, sacrifice and justice.


Exhilaration, Exhaustion, Tennyson

“The old order changeth, yielding place to new,
And God fulfils Himself in many ways,
Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.”

— Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Passing of Arthur


Intermission Music

“I have to admit, it’s getting better…”