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In cobwebbed corners of churches, are carved alms-boxes. Many, like this one at Watton, Norfolk, are inscribed, urging passers-by to ‘remember the poor’. For centuries, the collections in these oaken boxes were society’s main source of poor relief.

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Two of the earliest poor-boxes in English churches date from the mid-14th century and can be found on Holy Island, Northumberland. However, most surviving ones – many of which are still in use – date to the 17th century. 

Boxing Day has been a tradition in the UK for centuries. Though it only officially got that name in the 1830s… and didn’t become a bank holiday until 1871. 26th December is the feast day of St Stephen – an early deacon who made it his duty to care for the poor.

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Happy Boxing Day.

On December 27, 2015, I gave my first sermon as a worship associate at the @UUChurchLincoln. My topic was #BoxingDay. If you are interested in the origins and meanings (both past and present), here are the notes from that sermon.…
@UUChurchLincoln The brief takeaway is this:

-In a service economy, we all have servants: mail carriers, refuse haulers, cashiers, etc.

-Blue collar folks are not lesser people; the deserve a living wage, dignity and respect.
@UUChurchLincoln These concepts tie into #unitarianuniversalist principles:

1st: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

2nd: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

7th: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
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@EricHolder has asked an important question:

#When was #America #ever #great?

I realize that there is a nearly unavoidable tendency to snort and spew one's coffee when they hear or read his question for the first time. But, honestly, isn't it worth the exercise to answer it?
So, @EricHolder, I'm going to do just that, and I'm going to ask my ragtag bag of followers and detractors to contribute as well.

I'm going to offer my evidence of moments of American greatness. And I'm going to ask those that read this thread to do the same.
But wait!

There's more!

I'm going to ask my detractors and antagonists (are you seeing this @fedupaton) to contribute as well, and will welcome from them both moments of greatness and moments of shame.
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