Scarritt Bennett Center Blog

The Coming of Consumerism…I Mean, Christmas!

By Anita Peebles So, I wrote a blog post a couple weeks ago about the consumer culture of Black Friday, read it here: http://www.scarrittbennett.org/thanksgiving-is-almost-here-bring-on-the-sales/. Naturally, the day after Thanksgiving, I went to The Santa Claus Parade in Peoria, IL and basically celebrated the commercialization of Christmas....

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Competing Seasonal Stories

By Dr. Jackie L. Halstead I like to think of the seasons in terms of the story they represent. Each season is a chapter in the story of the year. Winter is one of my favorite seasons. There is something peaceful about this chapter. It’s about...

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Bells Tell the Story of Peace on Earth

By Joyce D. Sohl I heard the bells on Christmas day Their old familiar carols play, And wild and sweet the words repeat Of peace on earth, good will to men. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote this carol, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” on Christmas Day, 1864 in the...

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A Blessing for Advent

By Joyce D. Sohl This Advent let me anticipate the birth day of Jesus with renewed longing in my heart for God’s coming; with enough space in my life to allow for the special moments; with an open heart and an open mind to hear of peace, joy and...

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The Value of Slowing Down

By Elena Rosario A few weeks ago, Stephen Gateley, the research librarian at Scarritt Bennett Center, asked me to find information on a training school for deaconesses and missionaries. My task was to search through The Woman's Missionary Council First, Second, and Third Annual Reports dated...

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Give Thanks Daily

By Joyce D. Sohl  It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, Most High; to proclaim your loyal love in the morning, your faithfulness at nighttime with the ten-stringed harp, with the melody of the lyre because you’ve made...

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