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Day of the Dead Gets New Life
Elena Foulis

Day of the Dead Gets New Life


Oct 31 2014
What does it mean for this Hispanic celebration to go mainstream?

A local store near my home in Ohio carries an assortment of handcrafted items for El Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. There are dressed-up skeleton dolls called Catrinas, candles, and colorful paper cutouts, all traditional decorations for altars built to honor ...

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Bright Lights, Big Cities


Oct 30 2014
Shifting demographics broaden opportunities for urban and suburban Christians.
Bright Lights, Big Cities
Craig ONeal / Flickr

Earlier this year, Nielsen reported on the millennial generation’s draw to cities, with Austin topping its list of places with high concentrations of people in their 20s and early 30s.

"Breaking from 'previous generations’ ideals, this group’s ...

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All My Children Are ‘My Own’


Oct 29 2014
The theological significance of adoption language.
All My Children Are ‘My Own’

Editor’s note: In honor of the upcoming Orphan Sunday, author and mother Sara Hagerty shares with us the following essay about how the language we use around adoption reflects our understanding of our adoption into the family of God.

“We prefer not to refer ...

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My First American Halloween


Oct 28 2014
Finding cultural nuance in the Christian trick-or-treating debate.
My First American Halloween
Andrew Morrell / Flickr

I was 30 years old the first time I dressed up for Halloween.

Halloween was not a part of my childhood in South Africa—only something we knew from seasonal episodes of sitcoms exported from the West. I remember my sisters and I pretending to trick-or-treat, singing ...

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Beautiful Beyond Our Control


Oct 27 2014
With so much pressure put on our looks, we forget what our bodies are for.
Beautiful Beyond Our Control
M Car / Flickr

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Something happened in middle school; I remember the moments exactly, imprinted on my mind and heart. You never forget a trusted adult calling you homely or pinching the flesh on your strong thigh, saying, "If you can pinch it, you're too fat." I killed cute ...

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When Rural Traditions Get Hipster Cred


Oct 24 2014
Food trends overlook the economic pressures of their origins.
When Rural Traditions Get Hipster Cred
Robert Judge / Flickr

When I was a teenager, my aunt gave me a sage piece of advice. It came in the middle of canning season, when we were eyeballs-high in corn, tomatoes, and green beans.

In our rural community, the months of August, September, and October were spent “putting up” ...

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What the Ebola Panic Reminds Us About Worry


Oct 23 2014
Even faced with deadly disease, we can choose to live like God’s in control.
What the Ebola Panic Reminds Us About Worry
Jacquelyn Martin / AP

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Troh was the fiancé of Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian citizen who within 10 days of his arrival in the U.S. became the first person diagnosed with Ebola in this country. He died of the disease October 8, while dozens of people who had contact with him remained ...

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