Throughout the many seasons of Downton Abbey, Lord Robert Crawley and his valet John Bates make references to their days fighting in the South African War. They were participating in the “scramble for Africa,” an intense period of European colonization between 1884 and 1914. Almost the entirety of the Dark Continent came under the rule […]

They did not change the date. We did. Today across Orthodox traditions worldwide, Christians are celebrating Christmas –including Ethiopians. These churches continue to follow the Julian calendar, while the rest of us out west switched to the Gregorian calendar in the 16th century.1 It is not a celebration of the Epiphany. While the 12 days […]