Cover story: Rediscovering the ‘Awe and Wonder’ of Faith with Marcus Borg

MEETING MARCUS AGAIN …

Click the image to read our story about Marcus Borg.

MYSTERY OF FAITH—Of course, we lost our good friend and regular visitor to our online magazine when Marcus Borg died in 2015. Now, his team of editors at HarperOne and his wife Marianne Borg have collaborated on a volume with samples of his life’s work that we suggest could have been called, Meeting Marcus Borg Again for the First Time—Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary. Longtime readers of our magazine will recall the many interviews we published with this inspiring writer and thought-provoking scholar. Please, read our Cover Story this week, an overview of Marcus’s new book as well as an interview with Marianne Borg. AND NOTE: This is a terrific book for small-group discussion so share this story with friends.

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WANT TO BE A BETTER WRITER?

One thing we know about our regular readers: Most of us enjoy writing as much as we enjoy reading, don’t we? Many of our readers are preachers, teachers, small-group coordinators, journalists, community leaders—and our professions require us to write all the time. This week, we’ve got two wonderful stories on the quest to improve our writing.

RODNEY CURTISThe photo above is one of Rodney’s images from his column this week about a seminar he led on the theme: Express Yourself—The Role of Expressive Writing in the Healing Process. As our regular readers know, Rodney is a cancer survivor as well as a nationally known journalist, author and photographer. In this seminar led by Rodney, helping men and women to channel their experiences through writing was an inspiring opportunity for everyone—including the leader.

SUSAN STITT—In our Front Edge Publishing column this week, marketing expert Susan Stitt explores the rapidly growing world of podcasts—with a special focus on podcasts about writing and editing. The best part of her column? Susan reveals her own Top 5 list of great podcasts for writers and authors.

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Ramadan Mubarak!

BILLIONS ARE FASTING—The vast majority of the world’s nearly 2 billion Muslims are observing the annual fast of Ramadan, which continues through mid June, some of the longest days of any calendar year. Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton has the story, including the background on this important month.

In addition, we have lots of other inspiring (and delicious) stories about Ramadan.

FAST & FEAST—When the sun sets, Muslim families traditionally gather for thankful feasts with relatives and friends. Our FeedTheSpirit column visits Parwan Anwar and her family, where Parwan talks about cooking for this special season—and shares a recipe for Bolani, Afghan stuffed bread.

WELCOMING CHRISTIANS—Christian ethicist Matthew Kaemingk’s new book addresses evangelical Christians, making the case that Christianity calls on the faithful to welcome our Muslim neighbors.

WHY WE FASTMuslim educator and writer Najah Bazzy explains the benefits of the Ramadan fast in this chapter from her book The Beauty of Ramadan.

MUSLIM PUBLISHING—In our FrontEdgePublishing section, 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.

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Click on the image to read about Memorial Day.

ALL THE HOLIDAYS

MAKING MEMORIAL DAY PLANS? Stephanie Fenton’s column also turns back to the landmark essay by sociologist Robert Bellah—well worth a moment to read this week.

TRINITY SUNDAYA Christian festival that dates back more than 1,000 years.

DECLARATION OF THE BABBaha’i communities across the globe commemorate the anniversary of the Declaration of the Bab, made on this night in 1844.

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.

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

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FAITH & FILM

Click the image to read about this remarkable 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.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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