#FaithandCulture Reading: Memorial Day, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, Work and the Most Marginalized Minority

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What are you doing this Memorial Day? Perhaps you’re having a cookout with family. Maybe you’re attending a wedding. Or perhaps you’re privately honoring those who have died to preserve your freedoms.

No matter how you celebrate Memorial Day, here are some thoughtful faith and culture perspectives from Joe Carter, Peter Leithart, Hannah Anderson, Anne Bradley and Sean Harrelson in today’s #FaithandCulture Reading.

5 Facts about Memorial Day

Did you know Memorial Day is not the same as Veteran’s Day? Joe Carter explains what Memorial Day is all about in this article at The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission:

Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. Read More>>

Memorial Day Reflections on Freedom, Flourishing, and Work

Dr. Anne Bradley reflects on freedom, flourishing and work in this article at The Institute for Faith, Work and Economics:

As you celebrate Memorial Day with a reprieve from work, take time to pray for our military men and women. Also pause and realize that your work is a gift from God to glorify him and serve others through the work of your hands. We are truly blessed to live in a free society in which we can contribute to flourishing simply by doing our jobs. Read More>>


Peter J. Leithart offers the biblical definition of work in this article at First Things. He writes,

God Himself is the first manual laborer, planting a garden and then pottering together an adam from the adamah to place in the garden (Genesis 2). Before any serpent shows his fangs, Adam is told to “fill, subdue, and rule” the earth, and to “guard and serve” the garden. Read More>>

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Reconciliation and Foot-Washing in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

Hannah Anderson shares a powerful story about how Fred Rogers modeled racial reconciliation and foot-washing at a tumultuous time in American history. She writes,

But here in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, only five years later, a quiet Presbyterian minister and an African-American police officer show the world how to integrate swimming pools. Rogers invites; Clemmons accepts. As Clemmons slips his feet into the pool, the camera holds the shot for several seconds, as if to make the point clear: a pair of brown feet and a pair of white feet can share a swimming pool. Read More>>

The Most Marginalized Minority

Sean Harrelson reflects on the most marginalized minority in the church — those with disabilities. He writes,

The first step in welcoming the disabled is not a program. It is humility. Read More>>

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