In an argumentative mood.
“Do you have to go to church?” That’s not the way I imagine a business meeting beginning, but since my work is helping organizations navigate conversations that advance faith-centered reform; questions about religion inevitably come up.

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On December 11, 1620 the Mayflower sailed into Plymouth. The weather was so bad it took 26 days to build the “Common House” for Sunday’s worship. But the Pilgrims enjoyed no Christmas festivities on December 25, 1620. They viewed it as a treacherous event. Rather, they devoted their first Christmas Day to hard labor, including unloading the boats because the Puritans believed Christmas was a Roman Catholic celebration. Governor William Bradford had to reprimand several of the colonists who took Christmas Day off ‘to pitch ye barr, and play at stoole ball and such like sports.’ Fast forward: Today, practically everyone takes Christmas Day off to play and be with loved ones.

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