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In 1801, members of the small Baptist church in Danbury, Connecticut, wrote a letter to President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) congratulating him on his recent election. At the time, Baptist’s were a minority religion. In New England the Congressional Church was prominent. Jefferson assured them that they had nothing to worry about. Their letter had expressed worries about being in the minority. They were afraid they would lose their rights and be forced to become Congregationalists.

A few months later, the President answered their letter. jefferson said,in effect, that the First Amendment to the Constitution had erected a “wall of separation” between church and state that meant Connecticut could not interfere with the Baptist’s religious freedom.

“Believing with you that religion is a matter with lies solely between Man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship. that the legitimate powers of government…

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White Voices About White Racism Matter to Black Lives — john pavlovitz — Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess

If Alton Sterling were white he would still be alive today. White people need to admit this. We need to stop rationalizing the killing of young black men at the hands of police. They are being murdered because of the color of their skin and it’s disgusting. We can say this without condemning all law […]

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How Many More?

We are one family-the divisions even within my country frighten me. The NRA (national rife assoc) made a statement that the mass shootings are the presidents fault and that any ban on assault weapons will not make any difference. There must be a way through….


I don’t have an answer for the question, How Many More?, and I wish I did. What I do know is that we need more music, art, conversation, love, compassion, caring, random acts of compassion. We need to take care our ourselves and our own issues remembering there is not one of us that is perfect. We need to heal our own blemishes first before even beginning to think about someone else’s problems.

Kindness should come before boasting, healing hands before violent ones, medicines to cure diseases should come before guns. Food for every person should come before Christian Dior bags (and I love them). Housing should come before a luxury car. Trees to improve the air we breathe should come before chemicals in our food. Clean water should come before stock dividends. Helping someone should come before what color their skin is, what their sexual preference is, or what…

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Arboretum Strolling

Each Sunday we stroll at the Arboretum to the azalea gardens. The variety of azaleas bloom at different times. This week 4/2/16 we were thrilled with the first blooming azalea and other beautiful sights and smells. Even the parking lot looked beautiful.