Who Are the Wampanoag

Who Are the Wampanoag?

The Wampanoag, originally a confederacy of 69 tribes inhabiting what is now southeastern Massachusetts, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Rhode Island, played a crucial role in the earliest days of contact between Native and European cultures on Turtle Island. Today, out of six Wampanoag communities, the Mashpee Wampanoag (People of the First Light), and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), are federally recognized sovereign tribes living in Massachusetts, Eastern Rhode Island, and Martha’s Vineyard, respectively. […]

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Holiday Season Tips for Tough Times

Blending the Past with the Present The days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can be rough for families facing challengers such as the first holiday cycle since the loss of a loved one or getting through them when a member struggles with addiction. Author Lou Alpert suggests some holiday tips for tough times from first hand experience. I hope her insights encourage you if the holiday season around the corner is a challenging one […]

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Phyllis J. Brown, author

Teach the Whole Truth

In August of 1619 a ship carrying enslaved Africans sailed into Point Comfort in the British colony of Virginia. Next year marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the British ship, the Mayflower. It’s time to teach the whole truth about the impact the English and other Europeans had on this continent. Sixteenth Century Reformer Martin Luther describes Christians as “simultaneously saint and sinner.” This both/and approach is the Lutheran bedrock for understanding human […]

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Sonia Solomonson

Gratitude Attitude

Guest Blog by Life Coach Sonia Solomonson Why wait for Thanksgiving to give thanks? Nurturing a gratitude attitude promotes overall good health. My friend and colleague, Sonia Solomonson, wrote a blog in her Way2Grow Coaching newsletter that perfectly captures what I had in mind, so this week’s blog is from her. Thank you, Sonia. More about her at the end of the blog. In the U.S., November is the month in which we focus on […]

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All Saints Day

For ALL the Saints on All Saints Day

In my Lutheran world Sunday is All Saints Day. It is also the day in which we hear Jesus proclaim, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” This, of course, is commonly known as the Golden Rule. One of my writing colleagues wrote a book about it. Mike Ellerkamp’s The Simple Little Rule: The Golden Rule Rediscovered, is the result of his thorough study of major religions and schools of philosophy […]

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