Luther friar

HISTORY OF MARTIN LUTHER: PART 2 — BREAKTHROUGH In Martin Luther’s introduction to the 95 Theses which he nailed to the door of the Wittenberg Church 500 years ago on October 31, 1517, he begins: Out of love for the truth, and the desire to bring it to light… Truth had been supremely important to…

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Martin Luther

HISTORY OF MARTIN LUTHER: 500 YEARS AGO This October marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, ignited by Martin Luther on October 31, 1517. What is the story behind the man who not only changed the course of Christianity but also impacted Western civilization, raised the status of women, influenced the rise…

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HISTORY OF PATRIOT DAY: 9/11 With the following words and many others, President George W. Bush designated September 11 to be regarded as Patriot Day, or by the name America Remembers: By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation On this first observance of Patriot Day, we remember and honor those who perished…

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eclipse

HISTORY OF THE ECLIPSE Historically, a total eclipse of the Sun has not occurred in the United States since 1979 and is not expected again until 2024, conditions permitting. However, this Monday, August 21, 2017, for the first time since Jimmy Carter was President of these United States; an eclipse will be visible across contiguous…

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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

HISTORY OF THE SUMMER OF LOVE — 1967: PART 4, ROCK & ROLL It was fifty years ago today Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play They’ve been going in and out of style But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile It was indeed 50 years ago today that The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts…

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Truckin

HISTORY OF THE SUMMER OF LOVE — 1967: DRUGS When I was a Resident Assistant at Berkeley in the early ’70s a local police officer I knew gave me a tour down Telegraph Avenue. He told me: “All the major drug deals on the West Coast go down within a two block stretch of Telegraph Avenue.…

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Make Love Not War poster 1960s

HISTORY OF THE SUMMER OF LOVE — 1967: PART 2, SEX “Make love, not war” and the call for “free love” represented a cultural shift in mores. Even The Beatles sang “All You Need Is Love.” If the ‘60s was the time of the “sexual revolution” the natural question is: who won? There were both…

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