11.27
Misc: A Serving of Gratitude Brings Healthy Dividends

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nikki mcclure

John Tierny writes for The New York Times about how cultivating gratitude, as people of faith do in prayer, is good for your health. People who cultivate gratitude have better health, sleep more soundly, are less anxious and depressed, report greater satisfaction with life, and are kinder towards others. Read the entire story here: A Serving of Gratitude Brings Healthy Dividends. The paper cut above is by the artist Nikki McClure. You can purchase her calendars, cards, books and original art here: Nikki McClure.

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11.27
TCC Playlist: I Want to Thank You by Otis Redding

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Otis Redding Otis Redding “the King of Soul” was born to a poor family in Dawson, Georgia. His father was a gospel singer and sharecropper and his mother was a housekeeper. He got his start singing in church and at the age of 15 left school to help his family financially. He worked as a well digger, a gas station attendant and a musician. One of the greatest singers in popular music he wrote and performed hits like “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” before his death in a plane crash in 1967. For Thanksgiving we recommend the track, “I Want to Thank You.” Listen to it after the jump:

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11.26
TCC Playlist: Agape by Bear’s Den

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Bear's Den

Our amazing intern, Kelci Schmidt, turned us on to the London band Bear’s Den. Andrew Davie, Kev Jones, and Joey Haynes sing beautiful melodies and harmonies, in the vein of Bon Iver or Sufjan Stevens, and named their 2013 album “Agape” after it’s title track. In the song, they sing about not wanting to live without agape, the Greek word used in The New Testament to describe the highest form of love, the kind of unconditional love God has for us. Listen to them sing, “I don’t want to know who I am without you” in a church after the jump:

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11.26
Misc: Working for Peace in Ferguson

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Fr. Robert Rosebrough

Fr. Robert Rosebrough marched for civil rights in the 1960s. Today he is helping his parish in Ferguson, Missouri, respond to the shooting death of an unarmed African American teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer. As Pope Paul VI said, “If you want peace work for justice.” Read the story about Fr. Rosebrough’s ministry in America here: Working for Peace in Ferguson

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