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Mallory McDuff, Ph.D., Author, Sacred Acts: How Churches are Working to Save Earth's Climate. Professor, Warren Wilson College.

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God's Guide to Conflict Resolution

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 12:23 PM

"For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them."

This weekend, hundreds of thousands of people will gather in New York City for the People's Climate March, calling on the United Nations to endorse a strong climate change treaty.

As a mother,...

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What I've Learned From My 90-Year-Old Accountant

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2014 | 10:05 PM

My father prided himself on teaching me and my siblings to do our own taxes. Each spring, we prepared a simple tax return to report any earnings on the modest college funds established with a combination of diligence and thrift over the years. To my father, doing your own taxes...

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Why I'm Committed to Lent

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 12:43 PM

In Fairhope, Alabama, I grew up in a family of six where giving up something for Lent was an expectation, not a choice. A few days before Ash Wednesday, the dinner conversation revolved around one question: "What you are giving up for Lent?"

As children, we sacrificed the usual...

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How to Return to Teaching After Spring Break

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 5:39 PM

Without fail at the end of every academic break, the panic begins, like a crocheted scarf wrapping slowly around my throat.

The mild anxiety creeps into my subconscious the weekend before classes resume, as the cars start to fill the parking lot at Warren Wilson College, where I work...

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Why Music Teachers Matter

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 11:26 AM

When my 7-year-old daughter came home after her music recital, she announced, "I wish we could do it all over again." She had that same dreamy-eyed look that accompanies the afterglow of birthdays or Christmas.

But she was reminiscing about a four-hour recital where teenagers played Beethoven and Count...

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What I Learned From Facebook on Thanksgiving

(3) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 2:15 PM

During most of my life, I use Facebook to procrastinate grading papers at night or to decompress after caring for my two children. After a Facebook binge of 20 minutes, I usually have that grossed-out feeling that comes after eating a bag of Cheetos or half a tube of Pringles...

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Anarchy in the CAR and the Paralysis of a PCV

(2) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 4:29 PM

In the dry season of 1991, I assisted a Central African midwife who delivered a baby in a hospital in Dekoa, Central African Republic (CAR). My job was to hold the kerosene lantern as the new mother pushed her baby into the dark night, illuminated by a single flame.

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Snow Days and the Parent Trap

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 3:57 PM

I experience minor melt-downs on snow days.

In Western North Carolina, snow days create a parent trap where I play stay-at-home mom and working mother at the same time, managing the excitement of two girls who don't have to go to school with my commitments at the college where...

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A Woman in-Between: Finding Power and Peace in Our Late 40's

(2) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 11:30 AM

Power can come from a woman in-between.

On my 47th birthday, I found myself between three bald men in their 60s and a good-looking but trashed guy in his 30s. To be clear, I was standing between two groups on the dance floor and searching for my people, the...

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Happy Birthday to You: How a 6-Note Melody Connects a Family

(3) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 11:58 AM

Without fail, my parents always picked up the phone at 7 a.m. on my birthday: "Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday, dear Mallory! Happy birthday to you!" In harmony, they sang the six-note melody with gusto, as if they just discovered the lyrics that very morning...

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Party Crasher at the Church

(6) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 5:27 PM

We expected a party.

My daughters and I had traded our jeans for skirts, covered our bare smiles with Burt's Bee lip gloss and loaded the car with enough PB&J sandwiches to feed every child at All Souls Episcopal Church.

Despite the torrential thunderstorms that evening, this promised...

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Pro-life Argument Deserves Hearing in Mercury Ruling

(36) Comments | Posted March 3, 2012 | 11:00 AM

Would Jesus have multiplied fish contaminated with mercury and given them to pregnant women among the multitudes?

I don't think so.

But for supporting decreased mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants -- and framing the matter in pro-life terms -- the Evangelical Environmental Network faces the...

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Making Headlines: Finding Consensus on Climate Change Through Religion

(35) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 9:16 AM

With two children in public schools, I'm dismayed -- but not surprised -- to learn that the Heartland Institute, a conservative think tank, planned to pay $100,000 to a consultant to develop a school curriculum that would promote skepticism about the science of global warming.

In a karmic twist,...

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Playing Fair in Love and Climate Change

(44) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 9:22 AM

This week, my six-year old daughter Annie Sky labored over 20 pieces of pink construction paper, folding each piece in half, cutting the profile of a heart, and writing her double name in red marker to create cards for each child in her kindergarten class. "Everybody gets a Valentine," she...

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It's a Living Hell: Climate Change and Middle School

(13) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 12:50 PM

Reading updates about the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, felt discouraging to me, with the United States seemingly out-of-touch with the reality of global warming. But I experienced a nagging sense of familiarity as US legislators at home and negotiators abroad ignored scientific truths, communicated through...

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Advent Lessons From a Holiday Orphan

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 6:52 AM

I didn't grow up as a holiday orphan.

Instead I was raised as a member of large extended families. I ate two Thanksgiving dinners every year: one at noon in Hattiesburg, Miss. with my father's family followed by an evening meal in Meridian, Miss., a 90-minute drive to my...

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Meeting Wendell Berry: Authentic Heroes in Real Places

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 2:59 PM

I didn't imagine seeing my hero this way.

This fall, I visualized harvesting kale with my daughters when I thought about seeing Wendell Berry -- farmer, writer, and modern-day prophet -- on his visit to Warren Wilson College where I teach and live. Instead, I was blasting Britney Spear's...

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We Do: Gay Couples Request Marriage Licenses With Clergy By Their Side

(28) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 4:00 PM

Monroe Moore and Lupe Perez, a couple from my church, requested and were denied a marriage license last week at the Buncombe County Register of Deeds in Asheville, N.C. With his cropped grey hair and gentle smile, Moore stood next to his partner of 21 years, Perez, who presented his...

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Moneyball, Wall Street and Change

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2011 | 11:00 AM

We might want to pay attention when a movie with the title "Moneyball" opens the same week that protesters occupy Wall Street and Republicans leaders protest President Obama's call for the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes.

The game of baseball, as depicted in "Moneyball" is about...

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Wendell Berry's Sacred Environmentalism

(84) Comments | Posted September 17, 2011 | 5:00 PM

Writer, farmer and modern-day prophet Wendell Berry will visit the college where I teach and live this fall, and I'm trying to remain cool and level-headed. For me, that's a challenge because I marvel at his poetic prose that challenges us to hold our spiritual values at the center of...

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