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Close look at Medieval “prayer nuts”

In a fascinating short video, the New York Times featured Medieval prayer beads, sometimes called prayer nuts, on its Daily 360. It gives an opportunity for a close up view of the exquisite minuscule boxwood carvings from the 15th and 16th centuries.

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Church in Seattle commemorates 75th anniversary of imprisonment of Japanese Americans

Yesterday, February 19th, marked the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by Franklin D. Roosevelt, which led to the internment of hundreds of thousands of Japanese Americans during WWII. St Peter’s Episcopal Church in Seattle is an historically Japanese American congregation, and has been holding a series of events to commemorate the anniversary.

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Falls Church dedicates plaque to slaves who built it

Falls Church, the Episcopal church in the northern Virginia town of the same name, is an historic congregation, dating back to before the Revolutionary War. The building of Falls Church was erected in 1769, and although there are no definitive records of slaves doing the work, there is sufficient evidence to draw that conclusion. On February 11, the church dedicated a plaque to those laborers.

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Tim Vivian honored by The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church

He is honored for his article “Wake the Devil from His Dream: Thomas Dudley, Quincy Ewing, Religion, and the ‘Race Problem’ in the Jim Crow South” published in the December 2014 issue of Anglican and Episcopal History. The selection committee noted the article makes excellent use of primary and secondary sources to create two portraits in a landscape of racial division that we, sadly, still recognize today.

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