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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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

th Third Way Newsletter book logoGET THE NEWS—The www.ThirdWayNewsletter.com is part of the changing Christian landscape that is welcoming diverse men and women.

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
New this week …

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

th Third Way Newsletter book logoKEEP IN TOUCH—The new www.ThirdWayNewsletter.com is part of the changing Christian landscape that is welcoming diverse men and women.

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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Cover Story: Remembering Lincoln 150 years after his death …

th Lincoln on his death bed in Peterson House from Harpers weekly May 6 1865PLAN AHEAD—Lincoln historian Duncan Newcomer writes an inspiring and thought-provoking column, proposing national conversations around the looming 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death. Duncan reminds us that, shortly after the assassination, the great poet Walt Whitman urged Americans to hold such conversations, each year around April 15. What might those gatherings look like today? Duncan offers several intriguing suggestions. In addition …

  • KEEP IN TOUCH—If you’re aware of a related 150th-anniversary program in your part of the country, email us at ReadTheSpirit@gmail.com
  • ALL YOU NEED—We offer two dozen helpful resources—columns, historical overviews, study guides and tips—on our Abraham Lincoln and American Values Resource Page.

50 YEARS AFTER SELMA

th Selma-the-MovieOUR VALUES—Sociologist Dr. Wayne Baker invites readers to think about America’s changing racial attitudes as we approach the 50th anniversary of the Selma marches. Please share this thought-provoking series with friends to spark discussion:

HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

th Four Leaf Clovers for MarchALL THE HOLIDAYS are always just a click away at www.InterfaithHolidays.com

FAITH, FILM
AND POPULAR CULTURE

th leviathan_posterVISUAL PARABLES—Find more than 1,000 movie reviews from veteran faith-and-film expert Edward McNulty at www.VisualParables.org, an easy link to remember. This is a terrific week for moviegoing, says Ed, who offers five rave reviews of must-see movies …

th Faith Goes Pop screenshotFAITH GOES POP—Remember to use Ken Chitwood’s #FaithGoesPop hashtag when you’re talking with friends online about some of the very creative ideas Ken serves up this week. Here is the gateway to Ken’s world: www.FaithGoesPop.com

  • TASTE A BIBLE BAR?—No kidding! That’s just one of Ken’s discoveries this week. Supposedly, this candy claims to provide a taste of Deuteronomy. Ken also spots a skull water bottle—and Playmobil’s hottest selling new toy. Can you guess what religious figure is now cast in plastic? Read Ken; tell friends.

 

DOING GOOD IN THE WORLD

GOOD MEDIA builds good community in so many ways …

Interfaith PeacemakersTagore Maha Ghosananda Aung San Suu KyiINTERFAITH PEACEMAKERS—International peacemaker and author Daniel Buttry begins a new, month-long series on courageous men and women from Asia. This week …

SUZY FARBMAN—Suzy’s GodSigns columns are always a bright spot! This week, she writes about a Georgia man who has a right to be mad about few things in life—including his virtual death after a major surgery failed—but instead he prefers to count life’s blessings. You’ll smile. Go on—read it.

th Bullying Is No Laughing Matter Onion and PeaBULLYING IS NO LAUGHING MATTER—Our special comic section provides weekly resources for parents and teachers who want to help children discover strategies to end bullying. This week’s offering is the comic Onion and Pea. There is an easy way to find all of our online resources—including activity guides and special materials for teachers—by simply using www.BullyingIsNoLaughingMatter.com

DR. DAVID GUSHEE—Dr. David Gushee, author of Changing Our Mind, spoke at Fordham University on February 26th and Union Theological Seminary on February 27th. Union Theological Seminary shares this video of his talk. His next public appearance is at Fuller Theological Seminary in Irving, California on March 14, 2015.

th Third Way Newsletter logoTHIRD WAY NEWSLETTER—This new website will be publishing important columns in the ongoing effort by many churches to welcome LGBT Christians in a grassroots, “third way” approach to inclusion. It’s direct address is www.ThirdWayNewsletter.com where you’ll also find an easy way to sign up for email updates. This week, Third Way publishes a column by David Myers, professor of psychology at Hope College, who is a signatory to a promising approach to bridging the culture-war, marriage divide called Marriage Opportunity, an effort led by David Blankenthorn, once widely cited as a critic of same sex marriage who has changed his view.

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Ben Pratt invites you to turn this ordinary day into a pilgrimage

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COVER STORY:
MEET THE ‘TALL GUY’

  • INTERVIEW WITH BEN PRATT—“You hold in your hands a human heart.” That’s how Day1 radio host Peter Wallace describes Benjamin Pratt’s wonderful new collection of stories, Short Stuff from a Tall Guy. For years, Ben has been one of the most popular columnists here at ReadTheSpirit magazine (and on the website of the Day1 radio network)—so you probably can guess the treat that lies ahead. Read our interview with Ben—and you’ll want to share it with friends. Go ahead—you’re free to print out this interview or even to repost it in your own newsletter. It’s sure to spark spirited conversation with friends—old … and new.

HOLIDAYS
& FESTIVALS

ALL THE HOLIDAYS—It’s easy to find all of the holiday columns, packed with fascinating customs, foods, crafts and stories from around the world. Just remember www.InterfaithHolidays.com

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  • SEASON of LENT FOR 2 BILLION—With today’s Clean Monday holiday, Eastern Orthodox Christians join Western Christians in the season of reflection and self-denial known as Lent. Western Christians began with Ash Wednesday on February 18. That brings the global total to more than 2 billion Christians in this annual “40-day” period that leads to Easter. Eastern Christians generally maintain a far more extensive discipline of fasting than their Western counterparts. They began the process of limiting their diets on February 15 with Meatfare Sunday. By today’s Clean Monday, the Orthodox diet is very limited until Pascha, or Easter.
  • READ ALONG—If you care to “read along” with this season that recalls the final days of Jesus’s life, you’ll enjoy David Crumm’s Our Lent: Things We Carry.
  • BAHA’IS PREPARE TO FAST—This week, Baha’is around the world prepare for an unusual three-day correction in their calendar that leads to the Saturday evening start of a Nineteen-Day Fast.

OUR VALUES

th A student at Space Camp in Huntsville Alabama Photo by Geoff Burns released under Creative CommonsKIDS & SUCCESS—As adults, we all want to see kids succeed—our own children, of course, as well as young people everywhere. But what are the underlying values that shape our approach to this goal? This week, sociologist Dr. Wayne Baker reports a thought-provoking series on the way we pave the road to success.

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FAITH, FILM AND FOOD

th Disney McFarland USA movie stillEAGER TO SEE SOME MOVIES? The Oscar awards touched off lots of conversations that start with: “What movies have you seen?” We boast some of the best movie coverage in the country—with a special perspective on faith and values.

th Jane Imerman with one of her cakesFEED THE SPIRIT—Food writer Bobbie Lewis introduces a guest writer this week for an inspiring story about Jane Imerman, whose family transformed a struggle with cancer into the inspiration to launch a new kind of cake company.

FAITH GOES POP—Thanks to all the readers who sent us encouraging notes about our interview with Greg Garrett on Entertaining Judgment, a spirited look at the connections between pop culture—and Heaven, Purgatory and Hell. And, we’re still encouraging you to visit Ken Chitwood’s Faith Goes Pop website to chime in on your own “angel” or “demon” sightings.

DOING GOOD
IN THE WORLD

GOOD MEDIA builds good community. That’s a value we share at ReadTheSpirit. This week …

Interfaith Peacemaker heroes from AfricaINTERFAITH PEACEMAKERS—Global peacemaker Daniel Buttry continues his series of heroes from Africa to mark Black History Month. All three are dynamic young men whose work will inspire you: Lance Muteyo from Zimbabwe, Anthony Fabrice Kettemallet from Central African Republic, and Boaz Kiebarak from Kenya.

BULLYING IS NO LAUGHING MATTER—More and more comic artists are joining the anti-bullying chorus. Our weekly comic section features Cody the Cavalier this week. But you’ll want to start at the front page of this colorful comics section to discover all of the free resources, including activity guides and help for parents and educators.

DAVID GUSHEE CROSSES THE U.S.—Leading evangelical and pro-LGBT Christian ethicist, Dr. David P. Gushee, will be a featured speaker at Fordham University’s Rose Hill campus on Thursday, February 26th and at Union Theological Seminary on Friday, February 27th.

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