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Why stand with those whose faith practice is so drastically different than mine? Because at the end of the day, if we refuse to stand together, then we will most decidedly fall alone.

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Today, America is having a serious crisis searching for itself and trying to better understand its complicated upbringing. Inward reflection is certainly a good thing now and then to better understand ourselves and our own past, as Timothy Egan reveals in his new book "A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a Faith."

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As a rule of thumb, honey is generally left alone the first year so the bees have plenty for the winter. But after consulting a few mentors, we decided to make some room in the hive while leaving plenty of honey for the colony.

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Another summer, another scuttled summer vacation. Our columnist shares how she remained safe, sated and sane after sticking close to home. 

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The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups.

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We do not recommend running with your dog this time of year. Even in the coolest parts of the day, it is hard for them to maintain their body temperature in our humid environment. Take a break over the summer and wait for fall, winter and spring.

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When I picked this week's topic, I was expecting more sunny days than the rainy ones we've had almost all week. But there were some interesting takes on the topic, and only a few featured fire. 

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In metropolitan areas such as Charleston and North Charleston, diverse groups of pastors have walked the streets to demonstrate unity and ask God's forgiveness for the sin of racism that still stains many holy spaces. 

But conversations are also taking place in less-populated, more rural areas, such as Moncks Corner, a town of about 11,000. 

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The civil rights de facto anthem "We Shall Overcome," which was popularized by 1960s folk singers like Pete Seeger and Joan Baez, can trace its roots as a protest song back to the Charleston Cigar Factory strike, when workers repurposed the gospel hymn.

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I will admit, I could have picked a more patriotic topic for this week. However, y'all delivered on that anyway, and we received submissions of sculptures in places from sea to shining sea.

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It will always be our days that count: plural days, not singular. That means that in the case of our pandemic, the days of 2020 are only temporary. These months do not have to define our lives.

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In effort to help people manage their stress during the crisis, the faith organization recently launched a chat service where people can access on-demand emotional support. Sister Hope, as it's called, is operational 24/7 for anyone in need of coping strategies for managing anxiety.

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We wanted to celebrate something bright and beautiful in this week's reader photo contest, so we felt an ode to the golden glows of the Lowcountry and beyond felt appropriate. We received a ton of stunning sunset shots and golden hour vistas.

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There has never been a better time in this nation to listen to the stories being offered by communities of color, whether through books, friends or the media. So, this week, instead of expressing frustration on social media toward Black Lives Matter, I am challenging you tune in. Listen to the painful narrative being shared.

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Family members, national and state political and spiritual leaders, including the likes of former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, honored the victims of the Emanuel tragedy this past week as they reflected on the lives of the fallen and also pressed for needed action to address racism.


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