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Memorial Day is more than a holiday

We gathered by the shoreline of a lake in Colorado. We were tired and showing symptoms of compassion fatigue. We had endured 24 deaths in 12 months — 10 of those by suicide.

How (and should) the church observe Mother’s Day?

The carnations were placed in vases on a table near the front door of the church. As the congregation filed out of the sanctuary and shook hands with the pastor, members of the worship committee handed carnations to women in celebration of Mother’s Day. Not all women received a flower, however. Only those who had children. I still remember the look of pain on one woman’s face who was denied a flower. She was approaching her mid-40s, yet she still clung to hope that she would have a child one day. I was still just a seminary student, but that began my questioning as to how the church should handle Mother’s Day (and Father’s Day, for that matter).

Four films for Advent and Christmas

If you cringe each year at the saccharine, formulaic entertainment that Hollywood and TV foist onto the public during the so-called Christmas Season, here are four films actually worth your precious time. Two are Advent films of longing and hope, and two are Christmas Eve films focused on the power of love.

PC(USA) agencies join global #GivingTuesday movement

The Presbyterian Foundation has partnered with the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) to support #GivingTuesday on Nov. 28 as a means of harnessing the collective power of partners across the world to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.