Cover Story: What are you building this spring?

How about a new home?

th A beautiful quilt from friends at Calvary Lutheran ChurchCOVER STORY—Author Lynne Golodner tells the moving story of a US Army veteran and her daughters who simply couldn’t manage a home of their own until Habitat for Humanity stepped in. And that’s not all! A host of other groups chimed in with labor and other forms of love and support. Read Lynne’s story, share it with others—and think about this: What can you build this spring? Let Lynne’s story inspire you and your friends.

th Purple wild geraniums second photo by Benjamin PrattWHERE IS YOUR PURPLE? Author Benjamin Pratt takes a step outdoors and finds himself bathed in the purple of spring. It’s such an important step to take for winter-weary caregivers, he writes.

  • AND, IT’S ALL SO TIMELY! As Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton reports, May is Physical Fitness and Sports month (a time when we’re all urged to get active outdoors) and this is Older Americans Month (this year’s theme is Get into the Act by volunteering where you live).

OUR VALUES

A road crumbling in Michigan Monroe areaARE BAD ROADS GOOD FOR US?—University of Michigan sociologist Wayne Baker is fascinated that Michigan voters overwhelmingly voted against a tax increase to pave the state’s roads—even though Michigan has the words roads in the U.S. Somehow, he writes, there must be something good about bad roads?

HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

th A family in South Africa helped by UNDON’T MISS ONE—Bookmark (and tell friends about) www.InterfaithHolidays.com

INTERFAITH PEACEMAKERS

th Interfaith Peacemakers Andrew Trocme Albanians in the Holocaust Irena SendlerTHE HEROES—Find more than 100 stories at www.InterfaithPeacemakers.com

FILM, FAITH
AND POPULAR CULTURE

th Visual Parables Journal May 2015 issue1,200 MOVIESwww.VisualParables.org is a treasure trove of faith-and-film reviews by Edward McNulty. Today, we publish the May issue of Visual Parables Journal, the monthly magazine Ed and his team have sold to subscribers for many years, packed with study guides for individual reflection or small group discussion.

Rap Last SupperFAITH GOES POP—The expansive mind of www.FaithGoesPop.com columnist Ken Chitwood brings us a truly cosmos-spanning column under the headline “Special SPORTS Extra Edition.” Ken is both a religious studies scholar and journalist and serves up news items including: Star Wars Icons, Rubgy’s “Honey Badger,” How Jesus Is Saving Prime Time—and the Hip Hop Last Supper.

STORIES THAT SHAPE OUR LIVES

Mitch Horowitz with the book Stevie“STORIES that shape your life” is a core theme at ReadTheSpirit. We’re inviting you to take part!

DOING GOOD
IN THE WORLD

Good media builds healthy communities …

Max and Eli Sussman from A New Look at ClassicsGOOD FOOD FOR REAL PEOPLE—Bobbie Lewis devotes her FeedTheSpirit column this week to the brothers Max and Eli Sussman, who have become celebrity chefs by helping “real people” learn to cook good food.

AUTHORS CONNECT—Many of the authors we feature in our Cover Stories are intentionally connecting men and women every day. A terrific example is the Rev. Martha Spong, who talks with us about the 52 women who share real-life stories in There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. Martha’s organization RevGalBlogPals connects hundreds of women writing about ministry.

BOB ALPER—The author of Life Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This continues to criss-cross the nation and will perform next at Congregation Ahavas Israel in Grand Rapids, MI, on May 17th.

THIRD-WAY NEWSLETTER

Its Time to End the Suffering video Ken Wilson Emily Swan Third Way Newslettter‘END THE SUFFERING’—The new video by Ken Wilson and the Third Way Newsletter team drew more than 1,000 viewers in its first 48 hours online—just by online word of mouth. Today we’re recommending: If you care about LGBT inclusion in churches—please watch this video, too, and share it with friends. The www.ThirdWayNewsletter.com is part of the changing Christian landscape that is welcoming diverse men and women.

DR. DAVID GUSHEE—The author of Changing Our Mind continues writing, including this helpful column about “Civility and Tolerance” in the Baptist Global News website.

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Cover Story: ‘There’s a Woman in the Pulpit’

MEET THE REV. MARTHA SPONG & REVGALBLOGPALS

th Theres a Woman in Pulpit cover book edited by Martha SpongCOVER STORY—Half of the Americans entering seminaries today are women. Not all churches ordain women, but clergywomen already are key community leaders nationwide. This week, the Rev. Martha Spong talks with us about the 52 women from 15 denominations who share their real-life stories in There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. This new book is inspiring and sometimes downright funny!

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP—Raman Singh, a Sikh educator and peace activist, is the new president of one of the country’s most prominent regional interfaith networks. Raman writes this week about her hopes for National Day of Prayer. Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton reports on the push and pull over this annual observance.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

th Mom and baby by Ian DethTHE HOLIDAY—Did you know the holiday began with two devout church women who believed that women could help to build healthier communities? It’s true and Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton has the story.

OUR VALUES

OurValues Is there a Third WayGETTING PAST DEADLOCK—Right vs. Wrong. Good vs. Evil. Millions of Americans are stuck on one side of a dispute—or the other. Deadlocked! Sociologist Dr. Wayne Baker explores another model for community—a “Third Way.”

HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

th Bonfires mark Lag B'OmerDON’T MISS ONE—Bookmark (and tell friends about) www.InterfaithHolidays.com

FILM, FAITH
AND POPULAR CULTURE

th Avengers Age of Ultron movie still1,200 MOVIESwww.VisualParables.org is a treasure trove of faith-and-film reviews by Edward McNulty.

FAITH GOES POP—In “Running as Religion,” Ken Chitwood 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.”

INTERFAITH PEACEMAKERS

Interfaith Peacemakers Thomas Clarkson Moses Mendelssohn Moses MontefioreTHE HEROES—Find more than 100 stories at www.InterfaithPeacemakers.com

STORIES THAT SHAPE OUR LIVES

The Cardinal Comics by Kurt Kolka The Wrath of the Warthog“STORIES that shape your life” is a core theme at ReadTheSpirit. We’re inviting you to take part!

DOING GOOD
IN THE WORLD

Good media builds healthy communities …

RABBI BOB ALPER—The author of Life Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This, continues to criss-cross the nation and will perform next at Congregation Ahavas Israel in Grand Rapids, MI, on May 17th.

SUZY FARBMAN—The author of GodSigns writes this week about “a middle-age workaholic” (Sound familiar to many of us?) whose life is transformed after emergency work on his heart.

THIRD-WAY NEWSLETTER

th Third Way Newsletter book logoKEEP IN TOUCH—The www.ThirdWayNewsletter.com is part of the changing Christian landscape that is welcoming diverse men and women. This week, you’ll find new columns about Ken Wilson’s recent talk at City Church in San Francisco and about how one member of the new Blue Ocean movement finds a helpful and healing journey in “Third Way.”

DR. DAVID GUSHEE—The author of Changing Our Mind will participate with Matthew Vines in a Reformation Project Fundraiser on the evening of May 7 at the Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams showroom in Atlanta. For ticket information. Dr. Gushee also continues writing, including this helpful column about “Civility and Tolerance” in the Baptist Global News website.

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Cover Story: Spring’s best news … We are ‘Renewable’

Eileen Flanagan interview on ‘Renewable’

th Renewable cover and Quaker author Eileen FlanaganCOVER STORY—“The renewable energy we need most is people power!” That’s the good news you’ll discover in Quaker writer and activist Eileen Flanagan’s new memoir, Renewable. We’re all renewable, she assures us as she circles the globe and shares the true story of how she rediscovered and reclaimed her own purpose in life. This is a terrific book to pick up this spring and to spark discussion in your small group. Enjoy our interview with Eileen Flanagan!

STORIES
THAT SHAPE
OUR LIVES

th Maurice Sendak A Hole Is to Dig“STORIES that shape your life” is a core theme at ReadTheSpirit. We’re inviting you to take part!

OUR VALUES

th Free Press headlines on same sex marriageBEHIND THE HEADLINES—We’ve all seen the headlines about the big showdown over same-sex marriage before the U.S. Supreme Court. This week, University of Michigan sociologist Wayne Baker reports on research that looks behind the news at America’s changing values.

HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

DON’T MISS ONE—Bookmark (and tell friends about) www.InterfaithHolidays.com

FILM, FAITH
AND POPULAR CULTURE

th Poster for the movie HOME1,200 MOVIES—Visit www.VisualParables.org for a treasure trove of faith-and-film reviews by Edward McNulty.

th Running as ReligionRUNNING RELIGION—In “The Boston Marathon and Running as Religion,” Ken Chitwood 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.”

INTERFAITH
PEACEMAKERS

Interfaith Peacemakers Bolivian Hunger Strikers Comadres and Mothers of the Plaza de MayoTHE HEROES—Discover more than 100 inspiring men and women who risked making peace at www.InterfaithPeacemakers.com

DOING GOOD
IN THE WORLD

Good media builds healthy communities …

th sweet-potato-wontons‘BEHIND THE KITCHEN DOOR’—This week, FeedTheSpirit columnist Bobbie Lewis reports on the plight of many restaurant workers—by covering an educational event at the Restaurant Opportunity Center (ROC) in Michigan. The nonprofit center trains workers for higher-paying jobs in restaurants. And, the ROC chef shares one of his signature vegetarian dishes—delicious sweet potato wontons.

RABBI BOB ALPER—The author of Life Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This, will perform stand-up comedy shows on May 2 at Congregation Or Tzion in Scottsdale, Arizona, and May 3 at Congregation Anshei Israel in Tucson, Arizona.

th Nelle Miller with Flowers 113SUZY FARBMAN—The author of GodSigns publishes a column this week that you’ll want to share with friends. It’s about a woman whose roots remain a mystery—yet Nelle Miller didn’t let that stop her from forging her own generous legacy.

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. This week, our Comics section reaches way back to 1945 for the third part in a classic Daredevil story.

THIRD-WAY NEWSLETTER

th Third Way Newsletter book logoKEEP IN TOUCH—The www.ThirdWayNewsletter.com is part of the changing Christian landscape that is welcoming diverse men and women. This week, you’ll find new columns about Ken Wilson’s recent talk at City Church in San Francisco and about how one member of the new Blue Ocean movement finds a helpful and healing journey in “Third Way.”

DR. DAVID GUSHEE—The author of Changing Our Mind was a panelist at Q Boston last week. The event drew a huge crowd and was covered by Jonathan Merritt for Religion News Service. Dr. Gushee also continues writing, including this helpful column about “Civility and Tolerance” in the Baptist Global News website.

 

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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

th Third Way Newsletter book logoKEEP IN TOUCH—The www.ThirdWayNewsletter.com is part of the changing Christian landscape that is welcoming diverse men and women. You can easily sign up for free email updates.

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.

THIRD-WAY NEWSLETTER

th Third Way Newsletter book logoKEEP IN TOUCH—The www.ThirdWayNewsletter.com is part of the changing Christian landscape that is welcoming diverse men and women. You can easily sign up for free email updates.

 

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

th Third Way Newsletter book logoKEEP IN TOUCH—The www.ThirdWayNewsletter.com is part of the changing Christian landscape that is welcoming diverse men and women. You can easily sign up for free email updates.

 

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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

th Third Way Newsletter book logoKEEP IN TOUCH—The www.ThirdWayNewsletter.com is part of the changing Christian landscape that is welcoming diverse men and women. You can easily sign up for free email updates.

  • 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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