Cover Story: David Finnegan-Hosey invites us to meet ‘Christ on the Psych Ward’

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‘LET ME TELL YOU A STORY’

DE-MYSTIFYING MENTAL ILLNESS—This week’s cover story introduces an author and Georgetown University chaplain who can help all of us reach out to the millions of families struggling with mental illness in our communities nationwide. On a pragmatic level, David Finnegan-Hosey talks about his own struggle with bipolar disorder—and then offers practical advice about how our congregations can become more welcoming places. In our interview, this week, David says, “I didn’t write this just to dump my story on others. I wrote this to create space for others. We all need to be more open and honest and together we can beat back some of the stigma about mental health in the faith community.” We also provide some helpful links to learn more, so that you can start a conversation with friends—and you may wind up bringing a helpful new awareness to your congregation.

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

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PLAN AHEAD FOR MOM! You’ve got less than a week to make plans for honoring the beloved Moms in your life. Stephanie Fenton recounts the history of the American version of this annual festival—and she offers some very helpful web links to help you make this a special day.

ASCENSION—Christians following the traditional church calendar know that Pentecost is coming. But, before that is the ancient observance of the Ascension of the Lord.

THROUGHOUT MAY—Two special national observances honor centuries of American Jewish history and Asian Pacific American heritage. Our column has links to resource-rich Library of Congress websites for both months.

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RAMADAN MUBARAK!

COMING MAY 16—That is likely the first day of the fasting month of Ramadan, so we want to greet our Muslim readers early, this year. And for non-Muslims who work with Muslims and have Muslim friends and neighbors—remember that their month-long fast is coming during a season with long days in the Northern Hemisphere. Think about ways you can be a supportive friend. Next week, on May 14, our magazine’s Cover Story will focus on Christian-and-Muslim relationships. This week, we take a look at the challenges Muslim writers and readers face in trying to get their books published in the U.S., these days.

Want to see all the holidays? www.InterfaithHolidays.com

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RODNEY’S BACK!

LET’S GO TO MESA VERDE—Our longtime readers know Rodney as The Spiritual Wanderer—because his columns and gorgeous photographs have been a popular feature in our online magazine for a decade. This week, in two columns, Rodney takes us to one of the oldest centers of civilization in North America: Mesa Verde. First, Rodney introduces us to the extraordinary landscape and story of Mesa Verde. Then, in a second column (with more eye-popping photos), Rodney tells us what it’s like to actually scale these sheer rock walls.

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FAITH & FILM

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.

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Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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