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Earth Days past and present

(RNS) — If I had to choose a Bible verse for a sermon I would give on Earth Day this year, it would be Psalm 24, verse 1: 'The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.' And I would encourage our taking an inventory of what is happening in 'the fullness thereof.'

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What we can learn from the Dutch on Memorial Day

DRIEBERGEN, Netherlands (RNS) Once a year in the Netherlands, joggers in the park stop running for two minutes. Bicyclists pull over to the side of the road. Television sets and radios are turned off. Parents hush their children. And in many villages and cities people congregate in public spaces for a communal ceremony.