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What Does Black Friday Say About Our Values?

One moment you’re existing in a golden haze of turkey, stuffing, football, and the love of your family and friends.  Then Black Friday (now Thursday) pops up and slaps you across the face!  All of a sudden you’re standing in the cold among strangers, and then — when the poor, overworked, underpaid employees of Walmart […]

November 29th

Five Reasons for an Environmentalist to Give Thanks

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I have found five reasons for an environmentalist to give thanks today: #1:  National Parks Can you imagine our federal government today voting to set aside huge tracts of land for public use, and investing in the land’s wellbeing?  It’s a radical concept, but thanks to John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, and […]

November 28th

Thanksgiving From the Wampanoag Tribe’s Perspective

In the United States, we trace our Thanksgiving celebration to an autumn feast between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians.  We are told the story of the Pilgrims arriving at Plymouth on the Mayflower.  We know about their harsh first winter and the fact that many of them died.  But after some hard work, the […]

November 27th

Hey! Environmentalism Is a Christian Value Too!

Last weekend Christian conservatives and fundamentalist republicans gathered at the Value Voters Conference in DC.  The agenda was… interesting.  Sessions included:  Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition! and The War on Football:  Saving America’s Game.  It’s hard to see how Christianity, guns, and football are related, but maybe I’d be more enlightened if I’d […]

October 19th