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Dean Feldmeyer
Christopher Keating
Thomas Willadsen
Mary Austin
George Reed
Katy Stenta

For October 31, 2021:




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  • Second Thoughts: Ruth’s Radical Reformation by Chris Keating — Ruth breaks the norms by redefining family similar to the changing patterns of many American families today.

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