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A Home For American War Letters
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A Home For American War Letters

by Terri Barnes

The modest bungalow looks like any other home on the tree-lined street, but the rooms inside hold an estimated 100,000 cards, letters, and emails written by American service men and women and their families, during every American conflict from the Revolutionary War to Iraq and Afghanistan. This unique collection of personal letters of war is the vision of dedicated author and historian Andrew Carroll, in partnership with Chapman University. The Center for American War Letters opens November 5, 2014. […]

Comic Books Cultivate Uncommon Community
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Comic Books Cultivate Uncommon Community

by Naomi Krueger

In the back of Source Comics & Games, a St Paul neighborhood comic book store, 60 or 70 people sit around game tables. Bursts of laughter and general chatter confirm the good time. It’s a snapshot of the greater comic book community: primarily male and passionate about comics and the character worlds within. They gather like family, role play favorite characters, and use comics to spur reading comprehension, imagination, and creativity. […]

Small Groups Inspire Catholic Evangelists
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Small Groups Inspire Catholic Evangelists

by Meagan Frank

With more than a billion members, the Catholic Church is the largest Christian church in the world. In order to modernize the Catholic experience and inspire growth in its members, more and more small groups of Catholics are gathering around books. Led by a consistent procession of new Catholic studies and books, the small groups represent the changing landscape of Catholicism. Catholic women have been swept up in the conversation and are adding their voices quite significantly in the small groups where they gather. […]