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Pastors and congregation members harvesting wheat for communion bread at Plainsong Farm & Ministry in Michigan.

Eat, pray, farm

U.S. churches turn faith lands into food

Thomson Reuters Foundation – As Baltimore was convulsed by protests in 2015 over the death of a young black man in police custody, a handful of people in the eastern U.S. city started worrying about a related issue: food. Thousands of demonstrators thronged the coastal city’s streets to protest the death of Freddie Gray, 25, forcing

Thoughts on Easter

We all have memories of highlights in our lives that may have happened last year or a few years ago. Let’s think about a historical moment happening some 2,000 years ago. Jesus Christ was innocent, but was charged, convicted and sentenced to death on a cross. He took the punishment for our sins and paid


Winter wonderland candle display

These candle holders are a good way to display votive candles and look especially nice when lit up. Supplies: Baby food jars (or other small jars) washed and dried Painting mat Spray glass frosting Glitter Small shallow container Modge Podge (available at craft supply stores) Paintbrush Old newspaper Ribbon Embellishments Glass plate or tray Epsom

Editorial cartoons

Several readers took exception to the editorial cartoon we published in the Dec. 20 issue. For those of you who missed it, it portrays a father asking his little girl “how was school today?” as she walks in the door. “No casualties,” she replies. This seemingly innocent exchange takes on a grotesque significance in the

Dutch upper house rejects ritual slaughter ban

Reuters — The Dutch upper house, the Senate, has rejected a bill that would have banned the ritual slaughter of animals and had been criticized by both Muslim and Jewish groups. The bill, proposed by the small Party for the Animals, stipulates that livestock must be stunned before being slaughtered, contrary to Muslim halal and


Dutch Vote To Ban Religious Slaughter Of Animals

The Dutch parliament voted June 28 to ban ritual slaughter of animals, a move strongly opposed by the country’s Muslim and Jewish minorities, but left a loophole that might let religious butchering continue. The bill by the small Animal Rights Party, the first such group in Europe to win seats in a national parliament, passed

Thoughts On Easter – for Apr. 21, 2011

Some of the stems of the little plants looked hairy when I brought several pots up from the basement. It is called a resurrection plant and was given to me several years ago by a friend. She also gave me some instructions on how to look after the plants after enjoying the flowers. In fall

What Is Halal? – for Aug. 19, 2010

Halal is an Islamic concept of spiritual belief, originating from the Holy Qur’an. The word halal is taken to mean permissible, lawful and ritually clean. Specific animal species (pigs, birds of prey carnivorous animals or animals without ears such as lizards are not permitted) are halal only if slaughtered, with a cut to the throat,


Can We Call This Indian Summer?

I have been debating several different weather topics I could discuss in this issue. Should we move on to the new weather school topic of atmospheric stability? How about how to measure snowfall? With the nice weather we have been having lately I just couldn’t make myself write about snow – we’ll tackle that topic

Enjoy Halloween Treats In Moderation

We are all allowed some discretionary calories after we meet the recommendations for grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy and meat/ beans. For most people, the discretionary calorie allotment is about 200 to 300 calories per day. To put the idea of moderation into practice, consider dividing the Halloween loot into small treat bags with just a