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1. A tradition of African art that has for centuries looked at, evaluated and selectively embraced the West.

2. Good sentences:

The only people left in the restrictive groups are those who value the rules. In a modern, liberal society, religious observance does not “take away” choice. It is a choice.

3. More good sentences, these with the Kendall Harmon seal of approval:

The Vatican badly needs new blood—and a woman’s touch. … They need to let younger generations of priests and nuns rise to positions of authority within a new church. Most especially and most immediately, they need to elevate women. As a nun said to me this week, if a woman had been sitting beside a bishop transferring a priest with a history of abuse, she would have said: “Hey, wait a minute!”

4. A very good, very viral sentence:

Iceland’s last wish: to have its ashes scattered all over Europe.

5. How to start a decision making meeting. Assuming everyone has the same goal, you should begin with information sharing rather than first impressions of what is best. Seems obvious, but 90% of such meetings start with first impressions.

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Tom Sramek, Jr.

The "how to start a decision-making meeting" is interesting, because it is the opposite of how we generally run meetings in the church. In an attempt to be "pastorally sensitive" we (at last I) often want to make sure everyone "has their say" and so we ask for preferences first, not information. Interesting.

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