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Finding Happiness in Forgiveness and Service

ReadTheSpirit collage Johann Christoph Arnold volunteerism moviesJOHANN CHRISTOPH ARNOLD

HAPPINESS IS …

PEACEMAKERS

HOLIDAYS

American Images, American Pie and so much more

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SPREAD THE WORD

PRESIDENTS

LENT IS COMING!

Healthy Homes
Healthy Congregations

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Animal-human relationships, Lincoln’s birthday, Faith & Film and more

ReadTheSpirit Feb 10 issue Marc Bekoff Abraham Lincoln Valentines Day and Black History Month‘WHY DOGS HUMP …’

Funny title! Fascinating book!
Our interview with Marc Bekoff will open your eyes to animal-human relationships.
And, sociologist Dr. Wayne Baker tells us about Marc’s most intriguing findings in his OurValues series …
Part 1: Do dogs or cats prevent heart attacks?
Part 2: Are we more affectionate with animals than humans?
Part 3: Does “Lassie” reduce stress?
Part 4: Is there a link between cruelty to animals—and to humans?
Part 5: So, why do dogs hump?

‘UNITED AMERICA’

What would Lincoln say?
Lincoln scholar Duncan Newcomer tells us what Abe thought about America’s 10 core values.
Celebrate Lincoln’s birthday Some states celebrate now; some wait until Presidents Day
More on Lincoln Explore our rich Lincoln Resource Page.
More on ‘United America’ Our ‘United America’ Resource Page has free discussion guides, free colorful posters of the 10 values … and much more.
Brian McLaren On why ‘United America’ is so important, now.

ST. VALENTINE’S DAY

Did you know … If you’re confused about this “saint”—you’re not alone!
A Gift of True Love Suzy Farman writes about a son who saved his mom’s life.
FeedTheSpirit Got a “honeypie” in your life? Why not make our Honey Pie this week?
Want Movies? Ed McNulty recommends 10 Valentine’s Day Movies.
Want to make someoneHAPPY? That’s the title of a terrific video.
Family Fun Rodney Curtis invites you to explore Grandma’s Attic.
And, in India … Vesant Panchami. Spring festival precedes the colorful celebration of Holi.
Holidays at a Glance Our complete index to holiday stories.

10 Commandments of Health

NEW! Debra Darvick debuts a nationwide project to encourage health: Mom’s 10 Commandments of Health.

FAITH & FILM

WeAreCaregivers Benjamin Pratt writes about why you should go see “Nebraska.”
Ed McNulty also recommends “Nebraska” in his review.
Ed gives 4 Stars to The Monuments Men.
4 Stars to Gimme Shelter.
But only 2 Stars to That Awkward Moment.

Philip Seymour Hoffman:
Ed McNulty remembers his greatest films.
NEW! Jane Wells says: “Addiction isn’t fiction!”

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Interfaith Peacemakers
Enjoy three dozen inspiring stories of heroic men and women!
NEW! Our latest stories tell about the heroism of James Lawson, Bernard Lafayette and John Lewis.

United America: Rediscovering our common ground

United America and Black History MonthUNITED AMERICA

NEWS! Join with groups pitching in to Unite America. Here’s the story about how that’s happening.
Also NEW Get a free Bible Study Guide.
Interview Dr. Wayne Baker explains the 10 core values.
Free Chart Print the 10 core values.
Preface By Brian McLaren.
OurValues A series on each of the 10 core values … 1. Respect for Others, 2. Symbolic Patriotism, 3. Freedom, 4. Security, 5. Self-reliance & Individualism, 6. Equal Opportunity 7. Getting Ahead, 8. Pursuit of Happiness, 9. Justice & Fairness, 10. Critical Patriotism

PETE SEEGER

Interfaith Peacemakers Uniting a nation through music
Ed McNulty One very hot night with Pete
FeedTheSpirit Recalling Pete with a ’60s recipe

BLACK HISTORY MONTH
(AND MUCH MORE)

February is Black History Month. Our inspiring stories begin with 3 courageous women!
Table of Contents See all 30-plus Interfaith Peacemakers stories at a glance.
NEW Inspiring Stories 1.) Septima Clark, 2.) Diane Nash, 3.) Ella Baker

Bird on Fire Author Susan Norris writes about what you can do for National Freedom Day

Holidays Remember The Four Immortal Chaplains

GodSigns with Suzy Farbman Person-to-person connections make a huge difference.

Debra Darvick Have you seen the slogan? Religion, Because Thinking Is Hard.

Caregivers Heather Jose on ‘The greatest gift cancer gave to me …’

Visual Parables Check out the new study guides in Visual Parables Journal

Philip Seymour Hoffman Remembering the late actor’s greatest work.

Happy Groundhog Day! Superbowl meets ‘Phil’

Groundhog photo wikimediaRead our Holiday Column! It’s full of fun facts on groundhog customs.
Imbolc: Ancient tradition with similar themes.
And: Chinese New Year of the Horse.
And: Ancient Christian holiday of Candlemas.
And: Remembering The Four Immortal Chaplains.

How 10 core values can rebuild a ‘United America’

th United America by Wayne Baker and Preface by Brian McLarenNational News …
Launching ‘United America’

THE INTERVIEW:
Dr. Wayne Baker talks about how 10 core values can unite America.

THE BOOK:
Learn more about the new book, including a free download of the 10 values and a video, too!

THE VALUES:
Dr. Wayne Baker explains each value:
1. Respect for Others
2. Symbolic Patriotism
3. Freedom
4. Security
5. Self-reliance & Individualism

Our writers share stories that build community

INTERFAITH PEACEMAKERS MONTH
Interfaith Peacemakers Month with SeegerJan. 27 is Mother Maria Skobstova.
Jan. 28 is Grigol Peradze.
Jan. 29 is Pete Seeger.
Jan. 30 is Imam Moussa al-Sadr.
Jan. 31 is Masahisa Goi.

‘NEVER AGAIN!’
Worldwide observances of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Benjamin Pratt writes about a pilgrimage to Dachau, a piece you’re free to share.
Suzy Farbman tells about a woman’s search to find the song that defined the love of her parents, both Holocaust survivors.
Slavery today? Anti-human-trafficking author Susan Norris reports in our Bird on Fire department.

CHINESE NEW YEAR
Did you know it’s the world’s largest human migration? Stephanie Fenton’s story includes news, recipes and much more!
(AND: Here’s our easy index to all holidays.)

BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Ed McNulty recommends a rarely seen South African movie, based on a true story.

CAREGIVERS: Have you written up your own Care Plan? See this important video about why that’s so important.

FEED THE SPIRIT: “Eli” Finkelman is back! And he’s got a remarkable story of history, culture, science … and yeast!

HIS LENS / MY PEN: Debra Darvick has another gorgeous, thought-provoking image.

RODNEY CURTIS: He’s SHER-locked! Or, is that Sher-LOCKED! Or … well that’s enough of a … clue.