Archive | 2016

What We Read This Week


Each week, we bring you interesting stories from around the web. Here’s what caught our eye this week! CHRISTMAS One Last Letter for You, Santa My family is not religious, though my parents are the children of Catholics. We had one plastic manger, which was kept in my room when I was 11, the last […]

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‘You’re anything but decoration, Mary’


by Carolyn Pogue After Christmas, we should keep the woman of God visible to strengthen us This posting originally appeared on the United Church Observer’s website at ucobserver.org/pogue_blog/    Dear Mary, As I imagined you being released from tissue and newspaper — and from the attics and cupboards in which you’ve waited all year — […]

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What We Read This Week


Each week, we bring you interesting stories from around the web. Here’s what caught our eye this week! RELIGION In Texas, a religious liberty battle rages at one school over quote from ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord…” […]

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What We Read This Week


Each week, we bring you interesting stories from around the web. Here’s what caught our eye this week! HISTORY Why Do We Have Christmas Trees? Christmas trees started with medieval plays. Dramas depicting biblical themes began as part of the church’s worship, but by the late Middle Ages, they had become rowdy, imaginative performances dominated […]

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Getting ready for Advent


by Carolyn Pogue Transformation is what we hope for in the darkness surrounding the magical story of Christmas. This posting originally appeared on the United Church Observer’s website at ucobserver.org/pogue_blog/ .   Advent is the time to get ready, even though we’re not exactly sure what’s out there in the dark. We hope that there […]

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What We Read This Week


Each week, we bring you interesting stories from around the web. Here’s what caught our eye this week! ENVIRONMENT You Really Can’t Imagine How Deep The Ocean Is Since we live above ground, it’s pretty easy for us to wrap our heads around the notion of height. We, as people, have height, buildings have (more) height, […]

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Attention Puppet Enthusiasts and Readers of Dragon Talks!


Let your children develop important learning skills and use their imagination! Rev. Dr. James Lepard, an ordained minister for over 20 years, has written two Dragon Talks books – one for Year A and one for Year C – based on the Revised Common Lectionary. These puppet scripts are designed for use during “children’s time” […]

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What We Read This Week


Each week, we bring you interesting stories from around the web. Here’s what caught our eye this week! TECHNOLOGY The Milestone of the First Cell Phone Growing up as a 90s kid, my friends and I tried to convince our parents that we needed a cell phone when we started driving. They were flip phones, […]

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Stories For A Sleepless Night


by Donna Sinclair Like many others, I’ve had a few sleepless nights lately. Our neighbours to the south have democratically elected a mendacious, racist, misogynist as their next president. We now share a continent and an atmosphere with an extraordinarily powerful leader who believes that climate change is “an expensive hoax.” And he will shortly […]

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What We Read This Week


Each week, we bring you interesting stories from around the web. Here’s what caught our eye this week! HEALTH Grapefruit And Salt: The Science Behind This Unlikely Power Couple Grapefruit’s bitterness can make it hard to love. Indeed, people often smother it in sugar just to get it down. And yet Americans were once urged […]

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