Cover Story: ‘Teach Your Children Well …’ about the Earth we love

Books to help kids fall in love with nature

#OurKidsEarth

th Earth Day April 22 with planet from spaceOUR VALUES—University of Michigan sociologist Dr. Wayne Baker devotes his OurValues series, this week, to reporting on the challenge of getting kids more involved in helping our planet. Please, use the hashtag #OurKidsEarth to share your own ideas on social media.

HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

th National Older Americans MonthDON’T MISS ONE—Bookmark (and tell friends about) www.InterfaithHolidays.com

INTERFAITH PEACEMAKERS

Interfaith Peacemakers Dom Helder Camara Gustavo Parajon Barolome de las CasasTHE HEROES—Discover more than 100 inspiring men and women who risked making peace at www.InterfaithPeacemakers.com

FILM, FAITH
AND POPULAR CULTURE

th The Mission movie Robert DeNiro Jeremy Irons1,200 MOVIES—Visit www.VisualParables.org for a treasure trove of faith-and-film reviews by Edward McNulty.

th AD The Bible ContinuesFAITH GOES POP—Religion scholar and journalist Ken Chitwood started our coverage of A.D. The Bible Continues. Now, faith-and-film writer Ed McNulty weighs in with his perspective, too.

th Running as Religion

  • RUNNING RELIGION—If you’re lacing up your running shoes, you’ve got to read Ken Chitwood’s new column this week, headlined The Boston Marathon and Running as Religion. Ken writes: “While to some, running is a form of release and to others it’s simply exercise—read: torture—for a growing minion, running is religion.”

 

DOING GOOD
IN THE WORLD

Good media builds healthy communities …

th Song and Spirit Berkeley MI serving chicken soupFEED THE SPIRIT—Each week, food columnist Bobbie Lewis brings us something to chew on—quite literally—as well as a story about how the foods we eat define our lives and our communities. This week, Bobbie is serving Chicken Soup—but more than that, she’s telling the story of the remarkable team at the Song and Spirit Institute for Peace who provide many forms of service to our world. From music and the fine arts to nutritious food, the Song and Spirit team know connections are made in many forms!

RABBI BOB ALPER—The author of Life Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This, will appear in a “Laugh In Peace” comedy event with fellow comedian Mo Amer, at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas on Friday, April 24th.

SUZY FARBMAN—The author of GodSigns publishes a new real-life column this week about how a supposed Shaman’s End-of-Life Journey Takes a U-Turn. Go on. Read it. Like thousands of other readers—you’ll enjoy it.

“STORIES that shape your life” is a core theme at ReadTheSpirit. We’re inviting you, our readers, to tell us about stories that have shaped your life. One story features Frederick Buechner, whose life was shaped by The Wizard of Oz, a story he calls “America’s greatest fairy tale.” We also want to hear from you about stories that have shaped your life.

BULLYING IS NO LAUGHING MATTER—A great resource for classes and small groups is www.BullyingIsNoLaughingMatter.com where we display an ever-changing array of comics (with activity guides) that adults can use with kids to talk about the tough challenge of putting a stop to bullying.

THIRD-WAY NEWSLETTER

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DR. DAVID GUSHEE—The author of Changing Our Mind, will be a panelist at Q Boston 2015 this coming weekend. His panel, “The Wrong Side of History” will include his talk titled, “Is the Church’s Historical Teaching on Sexuality Reliable?” Q Boston is an annual event with over 1,000 leaders from all channels of culture who gather to consider how to advance the common good in a pluralistic society through exposure, conversation and collaboration.

 

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Cover Story: What stories make a difference in your life?

BUECHNER & WIZARD of OZ

th 1939 poster for Judy Garland in The Wizard of OzCOVER STORY—We’re inviting you, our readers, to tell us about stories that have shaped your life. Today, our cover story features Frederick Buechner, whose life was shaped by The Wizard of Oz, a story he calls “America’s greatest fairy tale.” We also want to hear from you about stories that have shaped your life.

SPIRITUAL EXILES

th The Exiled Generations on Southern Baptists by Carl KellMANY ARE WANDERING—If you enjoy our cover story, then you’ll also want to read this review of a new book about Christian culture wars, The Exiled Generations. This new book is a cautionary tale about Americans who are displaced by religious conflict.

STORIES TO INSPIRE

“STORIES that shape your life” is a core theme at ReadTheSpirit. Among our recent author interviews: Rachel Held Evans on Searching for Sunday, Bob Alper on Life Doesn’t Get Any Better, Adam Hamilton on Revival of John Wesley and Ragan Sutterfield on This Is My Body.

GOD-SIGNS—Every week, author and veteran journalist Suzy Farbman ranks among our most popular writers with her real-life GodSigns stories. This week, you’ll meet a woman who heard God’s message, “Reject nothing,” and it made all the difference in her life.

THE IDEA OF AMERICA

th Williamsburg Idea of America book coverOUR-VALUES—Sociologist Dr. Wayne Baker continues our theme, this week, exploring the many ways stories shape our lives.

INTERFAITH PEACEMAKERS

th Interfaith Peacemakers Adolfo Perez Esquivel Mayerly Sanchez Oscar Arias SanchezTHE HEROES—Discover more than 100 inspiring men and women who risked making peace at www.InterfaithPeacemakers.com

HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

th Yom HaShoah March-of-the-Living-AuschwitzDON’T MISS ONE—Bookmark (and tell friends about) www.InterfaithHolidays.com

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th Lincoln on his death bed in Peterson House from Harpers weekly May 6 1865LINCOLN SCHOLAR DUNCAN NEWCOMER published a nationwide call to organize discussions for the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death. This week our columnist Stephanie Fenton publishes a fascinating column about the assassination—and lots of other events taking place nationwide. You may also want to read her column on the earlier 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

FILM, FAITH
AND POPULAR CULTURE

th Visual Parables Jounal April 20151,200 MOVIES—Visit www.VisualParables.org for a treasure trove of faith-and-film reviews by Edward McNulty.

th AD The Bible ContinuesFAITH GOES POP—Religion scholar and journalist Ken Chitwood reviews the new NBC series, A.D. The Bible Continues. More importantly, Ken asks this provocative question: “I am wondering why is Jesus such a money maker right now? Or, broader yet, why is the Bible such a hot movie ticket and television cash cow?

DOING GOOD
IN THE WORLD

Good media builds healthy communities …

Bagels-by-Ezra-WolfeFEED THE SPIRIT—Each week, food columnist Bobbie Lewis brings us something to chew on—quite literally—as well as a story about how the foods we eat define our lives and our communities. This week, she tells the story of bagels and how they moved out of Jewish neighborhoods to become a common-place American treat. (Oh, and if you love exotic new bagels, watch out! Bobbie’s a bagel purist. Enjoy her story—and recipe!)

th Daredevil_Part_One_by_Charles_Biro___Anti-Bullying_ComicBULLYING IS NO LAUGHING MATTER—A great resource for classes and small groups is www.BullyingIsNoLaughingMatter.com where we display an ever-changing array of comics (with activity guides) that adults can use with kids to talk about the tough challenge of putting a stop to bullying. This week, we reach waaay back into comic history for a tale known as Daredevil. Last week, we published Part 1 of Daredevil. This week, we add Part 2.

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Cover Story: Best-selling author Rachel Held Evans on ‘Searching for Sunday’

THE AUTHOR INTERVIEW

th Rachel Held EvansMEET RACHEL—A new book by best-selling author Rachel Held Evans is a clarion call to Christians to reclaim the great treasures within their tradition. In our new interview with Rachel, she says that too many “Christians” seem to have forgotten about the core of their faith, especially those conservatives pushing for legalized bias against LGBT men and women. The truth is: Christianity is a spiritual treasure trove, if only Christians would remember and reclaim the best of their tradition. Rachel’s interview is both provocative and filled with hope!

WHY THIS MATTERS

th-Changing-Our-Mind-cover-with-author-David-P-GusheeFRANK BRUNI of the New York Times made a similar point in his Sunday column in the Times, urging Christians to wake up and realize that the future of their faith doesn’t depend on trying to bash LGBT men and women. He writes, “Homosexuality and Christianity don’t have to be in conflict in any church anywhere.” In the column, Bruni quotes evangelical Bible scholar Dr. David Gushee, author of Changing Our Mind.

th First US edition 1928 of Bambi a Life in the Woods by Felix SaltenBENJAMIN PRATT, the popular author and columnist, writes about the powerful ways sharing stories can build healthier communities. This week, Benjamin writes about the enduring influence of Bambi, a Life in the Forest, published nearly a century ago by the Jewish author Felix Staten, who was forced to flee the Nazis and died in 1945. There’s more to this “children’s story” than you may have guessed. Benjamin also announces the winner of his Bambi challenges. And, he poses a fresh challenge to readers—so, please, check out his invitation.

OUR VALUES

th Sunday headlinesSOCIOLOGIST Dr. Wayne Baker, a leading scholar at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, writes that the trends described by Rachel Held Evans, Frank Bruni and David Gushee have been obvious for quite a while. What’s more, they relate to the 10 core values that define a United America. His series explores the American meaning of “Religious Freedom.”

HOLIDAYS & MILESTONES

ALL THE HOLIDAYS—Tell friends about www.InterfaithHolidays.com for our master calendar and dozens of fascinating cross-cultural stories. This week …

th Passover-seder-plate-Sarah-Biggart-e1426519503157PASSOVER—Until sunset on Saturday, millions of Jewish families around the world celebrate their core belief that God liberated the people of Israel through the Exodus from Egypt.

th Lincoln on his death bed in Peterson House from Harpers weekly May 6 1865LINCOLN SCHOLAR DUNCAN NEWCOMER published a nationwide call to organize discussions for the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death (that milestone is “next week” on April 15, 1865). This week marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

EASTER (PASCHA) CONTINUES—from Easter Monday (or Dyngus Day) festivities in the Western Christian tradition—to the Eastern Orthodox realm of Christianity where, this year, Pascha is celebrated on April 12. Meanwhile, some American churches like to celebrate April 12 as Holy Humor Sunday.

FILM, FAITH & POPULAR CUTURE

th Movie 71 sceneALL THE REVIEWS—You’ll find more than 1,000 faith-and-film reviews at www.VisualParables.org

DOING GOOD IN THE WORLD

Good media builds healthy communities …

th Phyllis Keyser holding quarter she foundGODSIGNS—Columnist Suzy Farbman uncovers another amazing story, this one about a beloved Presbyterian minister who set out for Brazil on the eve of Pearl Harbor with his new wife. It’s his legacy, today, that will surprise you—and the story involves the tiny object this woman is holding in her hand.

 

INTERFAITH
PEACEMAKERS

Home_-_Interfaith_PeacemakersALL THE HEROES—You’ll find more than 100 inspiring profiles at www.InterfaithPeacemakers.com and new this week …

 

th Daredevil_Part_One_by_Charles_Biro___Anti-Bullying_ComicBULLYING IS NO LAUGHING MATTER—A great resource for classes and small groups is www.BullyingIsNoLaughingMatter.com where we display an ever-changing array of comics (with activity guides) that adults can use with kids to talk about the tough challenge of putting a stop to bullying. This week, we reach waaay back into comic history for Part 1 of a tale known as Daredevil. (And, no, it’s not the “Daredevil” you know from Marvel comics.)

THIRD-WAY NEWSLETTER

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Cover Story: Bob Alper says ‘Life Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This’

th Life-Doesnt-Get-Any-Better-Than-This-front-cover-Bob AlperMEET BOB ALPER—In our Cover Story this week, we talk with the popular author and stand-up comedian Bob Alper. His new book Life Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This is packed with dozens of Bob’s true stories. It’s a perfect choice for individual reading or group discussion. And, the goal of this book? By enjoying Bob’s stories, you’ll think about your own everyday experiences in powerful new ways. You’ve got memorable stories to share, as well. And, if you discover those stories? Then, Bob says, you’ll find new meaning in life. What a perfect message as spring is dawning!

SHARING STORIES?

th-Short-Stuff-from-a-Tall-Guy-CoverSPEAKING OF “SHARING STORIES”—Another popular author, Benjamin Pratt, continues his storytelling challenge for one more week. He invites readers to enjoy an inspiring “new” story, called “The Two of Us,” based on a century-old novel beloved by families around the world. Can you guess which novel? That’s the challenge. Email the answer to us—and you might win a signed copy of Ben’s new book.

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

th ukrainian Easter-egg-pysanki-Karen-LarsenEASTER—More than 2 billion Christians around the world celebrate their core belief that crucifixion by Roman authorities did not end Jesus’s life.

th Passover-seder-plate-Sarah-Biggart-e1426519503157PASSOVER—Millions of Jewish families around the world celebrate their core belief that God liberated the people of Israel through the Exodus from Egypt.

th Mahavirji-Temple-IndiaALL THE HOLIDAYS—You’ll find easy links to all the holidays at www.InterfaithHolidays.com

OUR VALUES

th Voting Here sign at a polling placeCOMPULSORY VOTING—This week, sociologist Wayne Baker reports on a policy used in countries that want to maximize voter participation. President Obama recently raised the idea here. It could have big benefits, depending on how we, as Americans, balance our values surrounding the ballot box.

FAITH, FILM AND POPULAR CULTURE

th While We're Young movie still Ben StillerVISUAL PARABLES—See all of Edward McNulty’s faith-and-film reviews at www.VisualParables.org

DOING GOOD IN THE WORLD

th Interfaith Peacemakers Oscar Romero Rutillo Grande Victor JaraINTERFAITH PEACEMAKERS—In April, global peacemaker and author Daniel Buttry turns to Latin America to honor courageous peacemakers who continue to inspire us, today. Tell friends about www.InterfaithPeacemakers.com for more than 100 heroic stories you can share with others.

NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK—This year, it’s April 12-18, and GodSigns columnist Suzy Farbman tells the inspiring story of a volunteer who became a nationally known innovator in helping families with mental health issues. Headline: “Her lifelong journey to help others began with a single … crash.”

Alison_Ward_by_Rene_Lopez___Anti-Bullying_ComicsBULLYING IS NO LAUGHING MATTER—Another great resources for classes and small groups is www.BullyingIsNoLaughingMatter.com where we display an ever-changing array of comics (with activity guides) that adults can use with kids to talk about the tough challenge of putting a stop to bullying. This week’s featured comic is “Alison Ward,” by Rene Lopez.

THIRD-WAY NEWSLETTER

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  • NEW THIS WEEK—The surprising news out of Indiana, from AP to the New York Times, involves conservative politicians facing a tidal wave of negative responses to anti-LGBT measures.

DAVID GUSHEE—The latest appearance by the author of Changing Our Mind is March 31 at New York University’s Deutsches Haus, where he will be a panelist discussing inter-faith dialogue as a way to look at discrimination and co-operation among faith groups and towards LGBT persons. His ongoing efforts are included in a major story in the Christian Science Monitor, a story that was picked up and carried in The Christian Century magazine as well.

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Cover Story: Why John Wesley’s ‘Revival’ is hot, again, today

INTERVIEW WITH ADAM HAMILTON

th Cover of Adam Hamilton Revival Faith as Wesley Lived ItCOVER STORY—We talk with the famous United Methodist pastor Adam Hamilton about why John Wesley is popular again after three centuries. Many reasons: Wesley got it right on spirituality (both head and heart must be engaged), on music (popular tunes grow churches), on thorny issues (he was anti-slavery and favored compassion for animals). Plus, Wesley was a master of the social media of his era! With his new travelogue-style book and video, Hamilton wants to spark worldwide Wesleyan pilgrimages.

HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

Palms waving on Palm SundayPALM SUNDAY & EASTER—Two billion Christians around the world are moving toward the most important festivals of the year. You’ll find easy links to all the holidays at www.InterfaithHolidays.com

 

th Passover-seder-plate-Sarah-Biggart-e1426519503157PASSOVER—Coming at sundown on Friday April 3.

SUZY FARBMAN—Looking to other global religious traditions, this week, Godsigns columnist writes about discovering ancient goddesses living among us, today, in a story featuring Loyola University’s Tracy Pintchman.

OUR VALUES—WOMEN ON $20s?

th Blank 20 dollar billHAVE YOU VOTED? University of Michigan sociologist Dr. Wayne Baker looks at the nationwide campaign to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 with a famous woman. What do the faces on our currency say about American values.

DOING GOOD IN THE WORLD

GOOD MEDIA builds good community in many ways …

th-Short-Stuff-from-a-Tall-Guy-CoverWIN A FREE COPY OF ‘SHORT STUFF’—If you have thought about our motto about “good media,” then you know this truth touches the core of the world’s religious traditions. TODAY, popular author Benjamin Pratt invites readers to enjoy an inspiring “new” story, called “The Two of Us,” based on a century-old novel beloved by families around the world. Can you guess which novel? That’s the challenge. Email the answer to us—and you might win a signed copy of Ben’s new book.

th Interfaith Peacemakers Th Sumartana HA Mukti Ali and Masahisa GoiINTERFAITH PEACEMAKERS—Discover more than 100 inspiring profiles of men and women around the world at www.InterfaithPeacemakers.com where we are continuing our focus on Asia, this month …

FILM, FAITH & POPULAR CULTURE

th Insurgent movie stillVISUAL PARABLES—Enjoy all the reviews by veteran faith-and-film writer Edward McNulty at www.VisualParables.org

th Scientology buildingFAITH GOES POP—Scientology sparks loyalty among members, but derision in much of popular culture. Religion scholar and journalist Ken Chitwood provides one of the most balanced overviews we’ve read in a long time, headlined “Sympathizing with Scientology.” Are you unsure how to regard this religious movement that keeps popping up in the public square? Ken has some thoughtful suggestions.

THIRD-WAY NEWSLETTER

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DAVID GUSHEE—The author of Changing Our Mind is continuing his cross country speaking tour at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, on Monday, March 23rd, Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut, on Tuesday, March 24th, and Eastern University in St. David’s, Pennsylvania, on Thursday, March 26th.

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Cover Story: Are you ashamed of your body? Here’s good news …

RAGAN SUTTERFIELD ON ‘THIS IS MY BODY

th This Is My Body by Ragan SutterfieldFROM OBESITY TO IRONMAN—Christian author and environmental activist Ragan Sutterfield shares the true story of how his physical life began to fall apart—until his faith led him into a much healthier spiritual journey. Yes, Ragan now competes in extreme sports, but this new memoir isn’t boastful. It’s not designed to make you feel even guiltier than you perhaps are feeling right now. This is a humble, friendly and inspiring story that you’ll enjoy whatever your physical condition may be. As spring dawns across North America, it’s a perfect time to welcome Ragan as a friendly guide.

INTERFAITH PEACEMAKERS

th Interfaith Peacemakers Sulak Sivaraksa Wati Aier Ouyporn KhuankaewLOOKING TO ASIA—When you think of Asia, do you you think of competitors or enemies or terrorism? All this month, global peacemaker Daniel Buttry is celebrating heroic interfaith peacemakers from Asia. Want to see all 100-plus stories? Tell friends about www.InterfaithPeacemakers.com
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OUR VALUES

th Open Carry in New Hampshire photo by Dean Law shared via Wikimedia CommonsOPEN CARRY is a legally controversial issue, right now. It also challenges Americans’ personal values, sociologist Dr. Wayne Baker writes this week in his OurValues series.

HOLIDAYS and FESTIVALS

th Four Leaf Clovers for MarchALL THE HOLIDAYS—Tell friends about www.InterfaithHolidays.com. This week …

FILM, FAITH and POPULAR CULTURE

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DOING GOOD IN THE WORLD

GOOD MEDIA builds good community in so many ways …

th Bobbie's granddaughterINSPIRING REAL-LIFE STORIES

th Short-Stuff-from-a-Tall-Guy-CoverBENJAMIN PRATT—A special “Thank you!” to Peter Wallace and the website for the Day1 radio network for publishing our interview with Benajmin Pratt about his new book. We’ve heard from many readers about the inspiration they’ve found in Ben’s true stories. (STAY TUNED, because next week Ben returns to the pages of ReadTheSpirit with a special challenge to readers who love classic literature about the natural world.)

BULLYING IS NO LAUGHING MATTER—Our anti-bullying comic section, this week, features a thought-provoking comic from Marty and Spud. Remember: We always let readers print out, share and repost our materials, as long as you credit our website. This week’s comic is a great discussion-starter for parents and teachers.

th Lincoln on his death bed in Peterson House from Harpers weekly May 6 1865LINCOLN SCHOLAR DUNCAN NEWCOMER published a nationwide call to organize discussions for the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death (April 15, 1865). We invite you to share news about Lincoln events in your part of the world by emailing ReadTheSpirit@gmail.com

THE THIRD-WAY NEWSLETTER

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DAVID GUSHEE—The author of Changing Our Mind spoke on Saturday at A Stirring in Irving, California. Hundreds of people attended and moving stories of both inclusion and exclusion were shared. His next appearances …

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Cover Story: Visiting the cutting edge of Christian renewal

DOUG PAGITT WANTS TO ‘FLIP’ THE CHURCH

th Doug Pagitt and his new book FlippedTHE DOUG PAGITT INTERVIEW—As millions of Americans have left churches over the past two decades, pastor Doug Pagitt could have given up, too. Instead, he works with people who’ve found the church to be “toxic”—and now yearn for a different way to form healthy spiritual communities. In his book, Flipped, Doug shares the lessons he’s learned about rethinking and renewing what we call “church.” In our interview with Doug, we also talk about a diverse new Christian movement that is connecting people all across America. You’re free to repost, share and print out this interview. Lots of people are going to be talking about this!

INTERFAITH PEACEMAKERS

th Interfaith Peacemakers Dalai Lama Malala Yousafzai and Abdul Ghaffar KhanGLOBAL INSPIRATION—Tell friends about www.InterfaithPeacemakers.com for inspiring stories about men and women around the world. New this week …

OUR VALUES …
DO WE TRUST D.C.?

th US Capitol Washington DCTRUST IN GOVERNMENT—This week, sociologist Dr. Wayne Baker’s OurValues series explores the deep distrust millions of Americans feel toward many of our major agencies in Washington D.C. You may be surprised by what national polling is telling us about our widely shared fears and concerns.

HOLIDAYS and FESTIVALS

th Four Leaf Clovers for MarchALL THE HOLIDAYS—Tell friends about www.InterfaithHolidays.com to find all the news you’ll need to celebrate with communities around the world.

th Pi-Day-pie-by-Robert-Couse-BakerDELICIOUS “PI DAY”—This week, turn to Bobbie Lewis’s FeedTheSpirit column for a tasty story about “Pi Day,” an annual celebration of the little number on which math helps to turn our world. You know—Pi as in 3.14? Enjoy!

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FAITH, FILM
AND POPULAR CULTURE

th Visual Parables Journal March 2015 issueVISUAL PARABLES—Find more than 1,000 movie reviews from faith-and-film expert Edward McNulty at www.VisualParables.org.

FAITH GOES POPCheck out the latest from Ken Chitwood. Remember to use the hashtag #FaithGoesPop if you wind up responding to his questions in social media.

AND IF YOU LOVE THAT—You’re going to smile at LEBOWSKI vs. BUKOWSKI, a fun and fanciful column by Rodney Curtis about two of America’s most famous gadflies—one fictional, one real.

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DOING GOOD IN THE WORLD

GOOD MEDIA builds good community in so many ways …

th Lincoln on his death bed in Peterson House from Harpers weekly May 6 1865LINCOLN SCHOLAR DUNCAN NEWCOMER published a nationwide call to organize discussions for the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death (April 15, 1865).

  • “THANKS!” to readers who told us they are sharing the column by Duncan on their Facebook pages and elsewhere. Please email us if you hear of any 150th events in your part of the U.S. at ReadTheSpirit@gmail.com
  • BRIAN “FOX” ELLIS, the popular historical storyteller, shared our column with his audience and, this spring, is involved in a number of Lincoln and Whitman events. Visit Ellis’s website to learn more.
  • DUNCAN IS HOSTING a discussion on April 15 at an Indiana landmark, the New Harmony Working Men’s Institute. If you’re in that part of the country—stop in!
  • PLANNING AN EVENT? You’ll enjoy our Abraham Lincoln Resource Page.

 

th Michael Jernigan and his dogWORKING WITH VETERANS—Did you know that, in 2015, America will have its largest population of veterans? That’s 23 million men and women. All this year, we will be publishing columns (as well as two upcoming books) in collaboration with veterans.

THE THIRD-WAY NEWSLETTER

th Third Way Newsletter book logoKEEP IN TOUCH—From our cover story to this final item in our weekly online magazine, The Third Way Newsletter is part of the changing Christian landscape that is welcoming diverse men and women. Tell friends about www.ThirdWayNewsletter.com and go to the site, where you can sign up for free email updates.

DAVID GUSHEE—The author of Changing Our Mind, this week, will be speaking at A Stirring on March 14 in Irving, California. The first 250 registrants will receive a free copy of his book. Also on the program are Ken Fong, Senior Pastor at Evergreen Baptist Church of LA (Rosemead), Sandra Turnbull, Founding Pastor of Glory Tabernacle Christian Center, and Danny Cortez, Teaching Pastor at New Heart Community Church.

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