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A weekly essay on the Revised Common Lectionary

Lectionary Essay

Posted April 26, 2015

Philip of Caesarea

By Dan Clendenin

           In February of 2005, I took a ten-day trip to Ethiopia with a group from my church. That now feels like a long time ago — ten years. But I still cherish several powerful memories.

           I'll never forget the firewood girls. Barefoot and bent over at the waist, they carried seventy-five pound bundles of eucalyptus saplings, seven feet wide, down the mountain to the center of Addis Ababa ten miles away, all for a few pennies. The women firewood carriers are such a common sight in Addis that you can read about them in the Lonely Planet guidebook.

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A weekly column by Debie Thomas

The Eighth Day

Posted April 26, 2015


By Debie Thomas

           Last month, I celebrated Holi for the first time.  For those unfamiliar with it, Holi is a Hindu festival — also known as the festival of colors or the festival of love — which is celebrated all over the Indian subcontinent and across the diaspora.  Rooted in ancient Hindu legend, Holi commemorates the coming of spring, the victory of good over evil, and the universal brotherhood and sisterhood of human beings.  Though its celebrations are playful and raucous, Holi also marks a time to mend past errors, repair broken relationships, and pay or forgive outstanding debts.

           But be warned: Holi is not for the squeamish, the touch-averse, the dignified, or the expensively attired.  Holi is a free-for-all carnival of colors.  A bright, wet mess. Essentially, participants gather outside their homes — in parks, town squares, and driveways — arm themselves with colored powders and/or colored water, and turn each other into walking, running, laughing, screaming rainbows. 

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