Pandemics and Protests

Can you believe we’ve been in pandemic mode for two full years and still aren’t completely clear of COVID-19? Ya, me either. It’s been like one unrelenting April Fool’s trick. “It’s over. No, it’s not. It’s safe to go out now. Maybe not.” Pandemics and protests are part of human history. Both are part of the Pilgrim story. A 17th Century pandemic brought the Pilgrims and the Pokanoket people together to work out a treaty. That […]

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George and Elizabeth Ross

Yet Another Book About the Mayflower?

For the past two years I’ve been researching what led the passengers of the Mayflower to get on that small, wooden ship and sail away to a place they’d never been. I learned how their story is interwoven with political events of the era such as the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots and King Henry VIII’s dramatic act of rebellion against the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Much to my chagrin and regret, I learned […]

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Separation of Church and State

Let every person subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. (Romans 13:1) As we inaugurate the 45th President of the United States, I’ve been thinking about our concept of separation of church and state. Sometimes I hear this interpreted to mean we are to be free FROM religion, which to my thinking was not the original intent. Sometimes we interpret […]

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