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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History, sociology, anthropology, civics, politics -- how people, century after century, have learned to live with each other.
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!
An invitation to read with me through The First Thanksgiving: What the Real Story Tells Us About Loving God & Learning from History .
Hope isn’t wishful thinking. It’s full of requirements.
Turning & turning – and do we now see /
Mere anarchy at last upon the world?
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.
If all the libraries in the world were destroyed and you could save only two books of political theory, which would they be?
To truly make this a holiday, to truly rest in praise of the goodness, truth, & beauty of Labor Day, requires contemplation.
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.
Links on culture, reading, and the web.
“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
“I have to admit, it’s getting better…”