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Signs of the Times  •  13 June 2019 •  No. 195

Processional.Ain’t a That Good News,” performed by the combined Boston Chidren’s Chorus and the Chicago Children’s Choir.

Above: Iceland's volcano, Hekla, erupted at the same time that auroras were visible overhead. Photo by Sigurdur H. Stefmisson.
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Signs of the Times  •  6 June 2019 •  No. 194

Processional.Veni, Sancte Spiritus” (“Come, Holy Spirit”), Taizé.

Nature’s own “tongues of fire”? Every year for a week or so between late May and mid-June people from around the country (and, this year, as far away as Australia) flock to the Smoky Mountains National Park (near where I live) for a unique occurrence: The annual appearance of synchronous fireflies (Photinus carolinus, aka lightning bugs), the only species in the US whose individuals can synchronize their flashing light patterns, part of their mating display. For more (including other photos and a brief video) see “Ryan Wilusz, “Smokey Mountains synchronous fireflies left us nearly speechless,” Knox News

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Signs of the Times  •  9 May 2019 •  No.193

Processional. Blue Ridge Mountain Dancers with Pete Seeger, at the Newport Folk Festival, 1964. May 3 was the 100th anniversary of Seeger’s birth.

Invocation. Bread baking, kitchen-dwelling, breast-feeding God, / We return to your lap and to your table / because we are hungry and thirsty. / Fill us again / with the bread that satisfies, / with milk that nourishes. / Drench parched throats with wet wonder; / feed us ‘til we want no more.” —continue reading “Bread baking God Read more ›

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Signs of the Times  •  30 April 2019 •  No. 192

Processional. “Lord I’m free, free, free, Lord I’m free.” —Melanie DeMore, “Free, Free, Free

Invocation. “We seek justice in the world, we fight for the flourishing of each and all, not just because we suffer with others, but because we sense the luminosity and love the loveliness.” —Mayra Rivera Read more ›

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Signs of the Times  •  19 April 2019 •  No. 191

Processional. “Lamb of God / with love poured out / you suffer with the world.” —The Many, “Lamb of God

Above: Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Japan.

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Signs of the Times  •  11 April 2019 •  No. 190

Processional.The Soundmaker,” electrifying acoustic guitar performance by Rodrigo y Gabriela. (Thanks Tom.)

Above: Sunset on Sugar Ridge Road, Ennis, TX in bluebonnet season. (Getty Images)

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Signs of the Times  •  28 March 2019 •  No. 189

Processional. A New Zealand haka, performed by students from various schools, paying tribute to two of their peers who died in the Christchurch shooting.

         “The haka is a ceremonial dance or challenge in Māori culture [of indigenous people in Aotearoa /New Zealand]. Often thought of as a war dance, haka are performed as a show of unity and strength, to welcome distinguished guests, or to acknowledge great achievements, occasions or funerals.” (Thanks Cynthia.) For more see “Christchurch shootings: How Maori haka unify New Zealand in mourning,” BBC News

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Signs of the Times  •  1 March 2019 •  No. 188

Correction. In the original copy of this post, I mistakenly attributed the authorship of the hymn, "What a Friend We Have In Jesus," to Charles Wesley. In fact, it was composed by Joseph M. Scriven. My apologies—see the correction notice (at bottom) for more information about the amazing story behind this hymn. —kls

Processional. “What a Friend We Have In Jesus.” Mississippi Mass Choir feat. James Moore

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Signs of the Times  •  21 February 2019 •  No. 187

Processional.Baba Yetu” (“Our Father,” a rendition of The Lord’s Prayer in Swahali, performed by the Gospel Choir in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Above: Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, by noted landscape photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams on the 20 February anniversary of his birth in 1902.

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