Cover Story: For the New Year, Let’s Take a Small Step in Learning about Our Neighbors (You Can Make a Huge Difference!)

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TWO-THIRDS OF AMERICANS ARE CALLING FOR ACCEPTANCE

SO, LET’S LEARN THE FACTS—It’s time to plan ahead for New Year’s Resolutions that can contribute to healthier, safer communities. Right now, nearly two-thirds of Americans are calling for acceptance of sexual minorities among us. Millions of men and women now feel safe enough to be open about their orientations. These are our friends, family, neighbors and co-workers—sparking fresh questions. As conversations buzz in living rooms, coffee shops, small groups and around office water coolers—we are helping Americans to avoid stereotypes and share accurate information.

This week, Michigan State University School of Journalism instructor Joe Grimm returns to our online magazine to describe this latest guidebook in this MSU series—books that now are used by readers nationwide. This series’ goal is simple: Grimm’s MSU team is answering the questions everybody is asking, these days, but no one seems to be answering in a helpful way.

This is a terrific resource book to order now and have handy for your own reading—and to share with friends. Please, read our Cover Story this week and make a New Year’s Resolution to get a copy of this book—so you can have the information you need to navigate our increasingly diverse communities.

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HOLIDAYS: THIS WEEK

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPEMillions of Catholics around the world now celebrate the traditions surrounding this centuries-old account of Mary’s appearance in the Americas.

Celebrating Christmas Together

WHEN IS CHRISTMAS? For centuries, the date of Christmas—like the date of Easter—has varied in Christian communities around the world. Each year, the “last” Christmas is always celebrated by the Armenian Orthodox, who follow traditional rules about the Christian calendar that place The Nativity on January 19 for the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Many Eastern churches celebrate The Nativity at the end of the first week of January.

However, across most of the United States, Eastern and Western Christians will celebrate together on December 25.

Of course, our Orthodox neighbors began their period of fasting and reflection—the Nativity Feast—weeks ago. Then, on Sunday December 2, Western Christians joined this season of lights and special prayers, called Advent.

HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING—There’s still time! Need a few more gifts for the loved ones on your Christmas list? Consider giving great books to the readers you love. (As of this week, Amazon still is promising to deliver books before Christmas!) To help, we’ve published an overview of some terrific gift-giving ideas, whatever your year-end occasion might be. And, please, consider sharing this column with friends. Speaking for our entire family of authors: We all hope you’ll join us in encouraging Peace on Earth!

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

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BOOKS BY THE NUMBERS

THE POWER OF THE ISBNIn this week’s Front Edge Publishing column, our Director of Production Dmitri Barvinok continues our Metadata 101 exploration of publishing by explaining the ubiquitous—yet little understood—ISBN. They’re on every book you buy, but the purpose and rules for using ISBNs are among the more arcane mysteries of publishing. Dmitri unlocks that realm to help authors (and readers) understand a lot more about what those numbers can tell us about a book.

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Click the movie still to read Ed’s review of What They Had.

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FAITH & FILM: Ed McNulty

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:

Click the movie still to read Ed’s review.

 

 

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