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I’ll forgo my usual ramblings to ask that you please send prayers toward Charlottesville, Virginia, today. Hundreds of faith leaders are there to counter the hate of rallying alt-right protestors, risking their safety in the process. The pictures populating my Twitter feed give me chills.

As I wrote a few weeks ago, protest has long been a way for people of faith to cry out for justice. In many cases, they will choose their chants carefully, seeking to further love rather than encourage violence. This week’s events in Charlottesville remind us of the power of their efforts.

In light news, don’t miss today’s “just for fun” link. The story on a Sasquatch sighting has a surprising spiritual connection.

FRESH OFF THE PRESS FROM ME

How chaplains master the art of listening

Churches across America get in the solar eclipse spirit

TOP RELIGION READS

Struggling to survive, congregations look to sell houses of worship, The New York Times

Why are there no new major religions? The Atlantic

As the Iowa State Fair changes, the last church food stand clings to tradition, The Des Moines Register

JUST FOR FUN

Minnesota man claims he was mistaken for Sasquatch by Bigfoot 911 team, McDowell News

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