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Dismantling Racism with a Chainsaw

Posted by Santiago, May 3, 2017

Like a young George Washington with his trusty ax, a member of our youth group prepared to limb the felled tree with a chainsaw. M took in the sights of this local cemetery. He placed the saw on the ground and pulled the starter rope. Vroom! The chainsaw started. M was on his way to creating a more inclusive community – with the help of a chainsaw.

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Lenten Marriage Project: Communication that Connects

Posted by Santiago, March 8, 2017

In our marriage, Julie and I have noticed that unattended tension shows its ugly face in our morning routine. The stress of the day(s) before, including parenting disagreements, dealing with a hectic schedule, and not making enough time for the other can bubble over into the morning. That coupled with the rush to get ready and out the door can put us in a less-than-loving mood.

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Gingerbread Vulnerability

Posted by Santiago, January 18, 2017

My wife Julie and I have known each other for three years. I wish we remembered the exact date. We don’t. We know it was either the second or fourth Wednesday in October of 2013 – around noon. We remember this because we know the exact place we met: the Toastmasters club at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

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Fantastic Humans and Where to Find Them

Posted by Santiago, November 30, 2016

It's 1926. An absentminded magizoologist named Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) arrives in New York City. As Scamander disembarks at Ellis Island, a customs official questions him about the contents of his suitcase. The expanding suitcase is full of magical livestock, but Newt is able to hide the magic from the No-Maj (muggle or non-magical) official. Among the fantastic beasts in his suitcase: a nifler (a mischievous platypus-looking creature with an attachment to sparkling objects); several occamys (aggressive winged serpents with the ability to shift size); a thunderbird (a giant eagle with the ability to create storms); and a variety of other magical creatures.

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The Boy With the Pull-Along Wagon

Posted by Santiago, October 6, 2016

On Thursday mornings, Lazarus food pantry volunteers distribute love in the form of smiles, warm greetings, and food to our neighbors in need in the City of Alexandria. The Meade Room is transformed into a mart of kindness and comestibles. One by one, our neighbors are warmly greeted by a love-in-motion coordinator and assigned a beatitudes-hero to guide them through tables with non-perishables, meats, vegetables, bread, and an assortment of fresh items.

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Beyond the Expected: Trekking to Freedom

Posted by Santiago, August 3, 2016

Spoiler-averse types beware! If you haven't seen the film, do not read on. Don't do it. Ok, fine. Make my day. Read it.

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