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Praying the Hand

I do not remember where I learned the idea that the hand represents a pattern of prayer. I do not recall my mother or other teachers teaching it to me.
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A Bottom-Up Perspective on Obama's Nobel Speech

I didn't get a chance to watch Barack Obama's Nobel speech live, but I've read the transcript and found very little in the speech that couldn't have been given by any number of past presidents-incl
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Interfaith Interaction at Parliament of the World's Religions

I recently returned from 8 days in Melbourne Australia where I attended the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions.
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Preaching the Whole Magnificat

Again this Wednesday we joined the broader church in singing vespers, the evening prayer which always includes Mary's song, the Magnificat.
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Unconditional Incarnation

O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant ...
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Copenhagen: Done. Next Stop: The U.S. Senate

Here's the bullet on what was achieved here in Copenhagen at the international climate change talks that concluded on Saturday.
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Stepping Back from Bethlehem

For much of the world, the heart of Bethlehem is found down a narrow stairway in a small cave area under a huge church where a 14-pointed silver star marks the spot that, for at least 17 centuries, Christians have honored as the place where Jesus was born.
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'Twas a Week Before Christmas: A D.C. Holiday Poem

'Twas a week before Christmas, and all through my city Politicians were scrambl'n, it wasn't very pretty. Health care and climate were up in the air,
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