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The Upper Room Disciplines provides an opportunity to look more deeply at scripture by offering a week of devotions by a single author on a particular theme.

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Latest Disciplines Devotions

Summer Epiphanies - June 16, 2022

June 16, 2022

As the only Black student in my high school graduating class, I was accustomed to occasional snubs. Thus, at a recent class reunion, some who shunned me in high school did...

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Summer Epiphanies - June 15, 2022

June 15, 2022

As a young African American child, Anthony Harris, PhD, had few educational opportunities. This was by design. The Jim Crow laws of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, kept his elementary school underfunded and poorly...

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Summer Epiphanies - June 14, 2022

June 14, 2022

Fannie Lou Hamer had nothing else to lose. Born the last of twenty children to sharecropper parents, she grew up in dire Mississippi poverty. She began picking cotton on a plantation...

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Summer Epiphanies - June 13, 2022

June 13, 2022

Dorothy Zellner knew Mississippi would be bad in the summer of 1964. It was a Southern state known for oppressive injustice against Black citizens, but her need to help reverse the...

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Resilience - June 12, 2022

June 12, 2022

Psalm 8 recounts one of scripture’s most familiar contrasts. Two ideas cannot be separated: When human beings consider our place in the universe, we are nothing. Psalm 78:39 echoes the sentiment...

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Resilience - June 11, 2022

June 11, 2022

Our children and grandchildren live in the four corners of the United States. In the summer of 2020, in a hedge against COVID-induced family separation, we bought a used red truck...

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Resilience - June 10, 2022

June 10, 2022

The campground near our Wisconsin cabin is deserted in the winter, but it begins to populate in mid-May. By Memorial Day weekend, people camp by the cool, tannin-colored water. They unfold...

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Resilience - June 9, 2022

June 9, 2022

Usually we think of wisdom as something that grows and develops as we age. As we accumulate experiences, we reflect on them, learn from them, and develop new understandings that we...

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Resilience - June 8, 2022

June 8, 2022

Collective trauma occurs when a population as a whole is wounded. How can we respond to the long-term mental and spiritual effects of the tumult that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought?...

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Resilience - June 7, 2022

June 7, 2022

How do we mourn our loved ones who have died? At an unexpected moment, we feel the gasp in our throat, we lower our face; tears erupt, then sobs. We hear—even...

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