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I’m a chaplain who doesn’t always like to go to church. Truthfully, some churches make me uncomfortable.

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Last Spoleto, there were numerous interruptions. There was the insistent ring during a seminal leap in a dance. There was the dog bark ringtone ruining a reflective experimental jazz piece. A rock 'n' blare sounded during a solo at a chamber music concert.

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With the recent deluge of rain in Charleston (thanks, Dorian), it seemed appropriate to call for photos of rainy days.

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The photographic record is rich. It includes images made after the Great Fire of 1861, which destroyed many important structures, including S.C. Institute Hall, the Pinckney Mansion and St. Andrew’s Hall.

If you are honest with yourself today, I suspect you sometimes recognize the deceptive voice of privilege. It’s the voice we use when we insist that people accept us simply because we’re a Christian, or because our family is rich, or because we speak English or because we are tall white men. Or because we are a chaplain.

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He spent 35 years in China working on behalf of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution. Eventually, he came to condemn Mao and regret the role he played in upholding the regime, embracing instead a chance to live a second life as a capitalist promoting U.S. business interests in China.