< class="entry-title">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.

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< class="entry-title">Purity & Love
VirtueIsBeautiful

“If only you saw what I can see, you’d understand why I need your modesty.”

So… virtue = being careful to stay out of the way of the sinfulness of young men. “That’s what makes you beautiful.” Got it.

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< class="entry-title">The First Thanksgiving: Eight Lessons for Learning from History
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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!

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< class="entry-title">A Thanksgiving Book Club
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This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series The First Thanksgiving

An invitation to read with me through The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us About Loving God & Learning from History .

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< class="entry-title">The Breastplate of St. Patrick
St. Patrick by Hamish Burgess

I bind unto myself the power /
Of the great love of the cherubim; /
The sweet ‘well done’ in judgment hour, /
The service of the seraphim, /
Confessors’ faith, Apostles’ word, /
The Patriarchs’ prayers, the Prophets’ scrolls, /
All good deeds done unto the Lord, /
And purity of virgin souls.

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< class="entry-title">Epiphanies, Not Resolutions
Church Year

These are the questions of the New Year, and of the Seasons of Winter & Epiphany, as the days grow long & longer: Are you still seeking? What is your guide? What gifts do you bring?

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< class="entry-title">Creation Groans
By Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK (Falcon 4 Uploaded by Magnus Manske) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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

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< class="entry-title">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.

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< class="entry-title">This Bloomsday, Ulysses is Free – Yes!

Got your Guinness? Then here’s Marcella Riordan as Molly Bloom (from the highly recommended Naxos audiobook), in a final affirmation of love & life.

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< class="entry-title">World Read Aloud Day: March 7, 2012 — Register Now!
Reading & Writing is for everyone!

On March 7, 2012, LitWorld will sponsor the third annual World Read Aloud Day, and they are hoping to reach at least a million people to help support a global literacy movement. How can you participate?

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< class="entry-title">Seven Books of Fools & Sacred Folly

What makes a fool’s day happy? And what — if anything — makes us wise?

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< class="entry-title">The Kingdom of This World…

A little light for Black Friday.

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