Cover Story: MSU students help us welcome our neighbors of all genders

Congratulating journalism students for helpful new guide

Click this image to read the story about this new guide to gender from MSU’s School of Journalism.

COVER STORY—How do we welcome our neighbors in an ever-more-diverse America? How do we heal a deeply divided nation? Those are the most crucial questions for all of us as 2018 dawns. As Americans, we are wrestling with a host of dividing lines over race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic background, political affiliation and age. But, the most confusing of these diversity issues involves gender. Suddenly, it seems, we are encountering a host of new distinctions as our neighbors—often our relatives and our co-workers—begin to honestly tell us about their lives.

Today, please, share the news about this new book which will help us understand and respond with compassion to emerging truths about gender. We asked the head of the Michigan State University School of Journalism diversity publishing project, Joe Grimm, to write about the new book. Here is his story

CARE TO LEARN MORE? Writer and editor Karla Huber recently wrote an online column about MSU’s larger series of guidebooks to cultural competence. Karla wonderfully outlines the importance of these short books—and provides lots of links to earlier volumes.

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Click the image to read Suzy’s column.

May 2018 be a lucky year!

GOD SIGNSSuzy Farbman opens this new year with her adventures with family over the holidays—including a breath-taking plunge down a sky-high zipline! With photos and anecdotes, Suzy reminds us of the warmth we all might find among family and friends in this icy season of the year.

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Click the image of King to read Stephanie’s Holiday column.

HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

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

MAKING PLANS FOR MLK DAY? Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton has a very helpful column about free online resources as community groups make plans. She adds a short summary of the holiday and more links to inspiring reading—including a delicious recipe—that you may want to share as the holiday approaches.

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DETROIT’S REBIRTH

LOOKING FOR ‘TINY HOMES’? Many of our readers are asking where they can get a copy of one of the hottest books this winter: Tiny Homes in a Big City, the story of a visionary little community rising in what had been a totally abandoned neighborhood in the heart of Detroit. Well, the answer is: Tell friends about the web address www.TinyHomesBigCity.com, which will take you to Cass Community Publishing’s website where you can order a copy. Want to energize your compassionate creativity in 2018? Read this book!

 

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Click on this image to visit the website for the Street Beat TV series, where you can see interviews with Joseph Krakoff, Michelle Sider (13-minute mark) and then Lynne Meredith Golodner (19-minute).

MEET 3 OF OUR AUTHORS!

VIDEO FROM ‘STREET BEAT’—The Michigan-based TV series Street Beat recently featured three of our authors. First, host Rob Stone featured Rabbi Joseph Krakoff and illustrator Michelle Sider in an interview about their creation of Never Long Enough, a new book helping families talk about the end of life. Then, he welcomed Lynne Meredith Golodner, author of Flavors of Faith, a delicious and inspiring book about sacred traditions involving bread. Visit the CW50-WKBD website here to watch these interviews. The first segment begins at the 13-minute mark. The second at 19 minutes. (Care to check out the two books? Here are the direct Amazon links for Never Long Enough and Flavors of Faith.

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FAITH & FILM

Click this movie still to read Ed McNulty’s review of Denzel Washington’s new 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 Journala 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 latest free movie reviews are:

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