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“All Saints” Film Spotlights Church of 12 That Aided 65 Refugees

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By Michael Foust
When sixty-five refugees from Southeast Asia started attending Michael Spurlock’s tiny church in Smyrna, Tenn., about a decade ago, he welcomed them, even though the struggling congregation was on the verge of closing its doors.

Still, a question lingered in his mind: If the church of only twelve members couldn’t pay its own bills, how could it meet the needs of others? The answer, he says, came from heaven.

Spurlock was walking through a large field owned by the church one day when he sensed God telling him, “I’ve given you land, and I have sent you farmers from the other side of the world. Get to work.”

The solution seemed simple enough. The Karen refugees who fled Myanmar (Burma) had extensive experience in agriculture, and Spurlock’s congregation—All Saints Episcopal Church—had plenty of property. It even was adjacent to a creek. Church members and the Karen people …

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Last Week

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My vote for the best-kept secret of Reformation sites: Torgau.

 

Brass doors with 95 theses on them now stand where a wooden door in Wittenberg once served as the local posting-place where profs left announcements for students (pre-internet, pre-phone, pre-postal service).

 

It was a fab trip. But the guy next to me on the 10-hour flight was hacking, and I think he shared his germs. Ugh. More coming after I recover.…

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Two Exhibits in Dallas

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Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition Reopens

 Thirty-four photographic reproductions of art from the Sistine Chapel have returned to the Dallas Women’s Museum and will be on display through January 8, 2017. The exhibit features enormous panels that allow viewers to gain a close-up view of Michaelangelo’s masterpieces. The most famous of these are The Creation of Adam and a 40×41-foot rendition of The Last Judgment.

 The photos were taken by Austrian-born Magnum photographer Erich Lessing during the 1980–94 cleaning and restoration of the chapel. The now-enlarged images, exhibited on brilliantly illuminated panels have outstanding resolution, clarity and color.

To aid viewers’ understanding are fully narrated audio tours (available in English and Spanish) that provide narrative and insight behind each panel on display.

Nov. 1, 2016 through Jan. 8, 2017 – Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Adult tickets – $16 each

Children 7+/Students with ID/Seniors – $12 each

Family 4-packs …

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