Cover Story: Abraham Lincoln created Thanksgiving as a model for Americans to bridge our divisions

LINCOLN SAW HOPE FOR UNITY EVEN IN CIVIL WAR

A SEASON OF GRATITUDE—As Thanksgiving approaches, daily headlines herald deep divisions among Americans over the future of our nation and the world. Families coast to coast are wondering what fireworks might erupt over this year’s Thanksgiving table. That’s one reason our publishing house launched 30 Days with Abraham Lincoln in the autumn—so Lincoln’s wisdom would inspire families at this time of year. (Here’s the earlier news story about the launch of this inspiring book and national effort to promote unity).

This week’s Cover Story in ReadTheSpirit magazine collects all the helpful Thanksgiving-related Lincoln material we are sharing with readers:

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CHRISTMAS IS COMING!

The real St. Nicholas

ORTHODOX NATIVITY FAST BEGINS. In Stephanie Fenton’s Holidays & Festivals column this week, we look at a major branch of Christianity that always begins preparations for Christmas before American Thanksgiving—Orthodox churches that are starting the Nativity Fast this week.

ST. NICHOLAS DAY—Stephanie writes: “Santa Claus may be seen in malls across America, but the real St. Nick—the historical bishop of Myra, that is—makes his grand appearance around the world on December 6—St. Nicholas Day. From the Netherlands to France, Germany, Italy, Austria and Bulgaria, St. Nicholas Day is greeted with beloved customs, special baked goods, processions and reenactments. In many countries, St. Nicholas Day is an opportunity to move away from the commercialization of the holiday season and toward the ‘true meaning’ of Christmas—as a time of giving, reflection and gratitude.” Read her column and you will find lots of resources and helpful links.
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Care to see all the holidays? It’s easy to find our annual calendar of global observances—just remember the address InterfaithHolidays.com

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COMPASSIONATELY ENGAGING THE WORLD. In 4 words, that’s what our authors do.

This Front Edge column by Editor David Crumm is especially timely, because you’ve got an opportunity—through December 3—to vote for one of our heroic authors via the CNN network.

Learn about several inspiring examples of our authors engaged in urgent national conversations—and cast your vote to help Najah Bazzy, author and founder of a global charity helping women and children in need.

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A Very Detroit Story of Rebirth, Recovery and Romance

SUZY FARBMAN brings us heart-felt stories of men and women she meets all over the world. This week, however, she’s very close to her beloved Detroit with the story of a couple who met—thanks to a photo taken in front of Diego Rivera’s famous murals.

 

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Click on the movie still to read Ed McNulty’s review of Jo Jo Rabbit.

Faith & Film

Click on this image to learn about the November issue of Visual Parables Journal.

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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