Cover Story: Diana Butler Bass asks, ‘What if we got the story wrong?’

‘THEOLOGY OF FRIENDSHIP’ & ‘COMMONS’

Diana Butler Bass at Ann Arbor First United Methodist Church 2017 03 25 (2)DIANA’S LARGER VISION—Popular author and scholar Diana Butler Bass has been barnstorming the country over the past year, talking about her vision of an emerging spirituality that she describes as Grounded. This past weekend, she taught three days in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The message of inclusion in a global “commons” continues to expand as Bass travels and talks. ReadTheSpirit Editor David Crumm reports on some of the provocative questions she is raising these days.

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Bees at Dos Manos Apiaries (1)A HONEY OF A STORY!

GodSigns—Each week, GodSigns author Suzy Farbman brings us a fresh story of a remarkable person whose life has taken an unexpected turn. In this case, organic farmer Noel Patterson was given an unexpected gift, which wound up transforming him into a beekeeper—and bee educator. Go on—read the column. It’s a sweet story!

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PASSOVER IS COMING

th Passover-seder-plate-Sarah-Biggart-e1426519503157ALL THE HOLIDAYS—Check out www.InterfaithHolidays.org.

PASSOVER—Jewish families around the world mark the ancient festival of freedom starting at sunset on April 10. Stephanie Fenton has the story about this observance, which involves recalling the story of freedom from slavery—and always prompts questions about the need to respond to injustice in our contemporary world, as well.

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wpid-0322th_Palm_Sunday.jpgEASTER and PALM SUNDAY—As Stephanie Fenton reports, this is one of those rare years when Eastern and Western Christians converge on the same date for Easter, the most important holiday in the Christian year. Before that, though, comes the colorful festival of Palm Sunday.

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Cover Blue Ocean Faith book by Dave Schmelzer (1)A New Jesus Movement

WHAT’S IN THAT BLUE OCEAN? Recently, we introduced Dave Schmelzer, head of a daring new religious movement launching nationwide this spring: Blue Ocean Faith. The book, and the movement is taking off coast to coast!

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FILM, FAITH
& POPULAR CULTURE

ED McNULTY—Enjoy all of the free resources from Ed McNulty’s faith-and-film website: VisualParables.org. For many years, Ed has supported his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with complete study guides to films. The March 2017 issue of Visual Parables Journal is now online.

Cover of American Conscience Rienhold Niebuhr (3)Among Ed’s latest free movie reviews are:

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