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    Solidarity and Sanctuary

    This past Sunday marked the beginning of Advent, a season in the Christian liturgical calendar when we are waiting for Jesus to be born. The season culminates on Christmas Day, when many gather with family, exchange gifts, spend time with loved ones to celebrate Jesus’ birth. The idea of deliberately

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    How a Wordy and Kind of Obscure Christmas Song Helped Put this November into Perspective

    November has felt a bit bleaker than usual this year. My friends at Standing Rock have been water-cannoned in the middle of a freezing night. White supremacists are moving into the country’s capital city. I’m struggling with living in Philadelphia, so far from my family. It’s been hard to connect

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    On Being Grateful

    I’ve been thinking about gratitude as we approach the national holiday of Thanksgiving. The science of gratitude is a growing concern in my field of psychology these days and has been studied more intensely for the last two decades. Lots of studies now show that gratitude is good for the

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    We are endeavoring to make PEACE

    Yesterday morning Sarah White called an open meeting for peacemakers to gather and dialogue (and eat delicious food!). I am not officially on our Circle of Peacemakers compassion team but I follow their movements, subscribe to the listserv (contact communications@circleofhope.net), and show up for as many actions and open dialogues

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    A gift of play

    On Wednesday last week I read on philly.com about a car that was spray-painted in South Philly with racist language in the wake of the election results. On Wednesday last week my first grader went to affluent (predominately white) Chestnut Hill on a school field trip to learn about neighborhoods,

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    Expanding love and community to our children.

    I love the culture of inclusion at Circle of Hope. I love how we expand our love and community and incarnational faith to our children in a variety of ways, from a tribal parenting mentality to modeling our children’s plan after our cell model! (If you’re not familiar with the

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    I’m nearly done with graduate work for an MBA and I started a class last week on Leading Innovation and Change. I’ve been doing a lot of reading (both popular and scholarly) on organizational change and what it takes to be successful at it. It’s given me plenty to think about with

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    Successful Opening at Gallery on Frankford Ave.

    On Friday, November 4th, the Gallery and Events team had a successful opening of our collage base group show, This/That, an exhibition of experimental collage work from five Philadelphia-based women artists. Opening night was a relaxed affair, and a good time for folks to meet and talk with several of the

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    Dia de Los Muertos

    Last night we hosted an observance for the Day of the Dead at 1125 S. Broad St., which is today. I was asked to give a brief expression of welcome and “why” [All Saints Day explanation]. The Day of the Dead is so full of pagan and Christian mysteries and syncretism, why

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    Circle Thrift: pioneer in MCC’s thrift store movement

    Two weeks ago I was in Virginia at Board meetings for MCC, our partner in providing relief, development, and peace around the world. Through our sharing of money with MCC, we’re able to build relationships and provide material help for people in need in 54 countries, including Haiti, the Congo