Cover Story—Chaplain Tom Stella on CPR for the Soul: Reviving a Sense of the Sacred in Everyday Life

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130 Invitations to Spiritual Reawakening

COVER STORY—This week, we welcome back Tom Stella, a chaplain with a talent for sparking spiritual reflection in the midst of our busy lives. Tom invites us to pause for a moment in our otherwise hectic work week. Then, he tries to change our perspective through compelling quotes and memorable stories, coupled with his own pointed advice for what he calls “Reviving a Sense of the Sacred in Everyday Life.” Please, read this week’s Cover Story in which David Crumm interviews Tom and describes this insightful new book. As you’ll quickly learn, this is a story you may also want to share with friends. The book has lots of thought-provoking material for small group discussion—or individual reflection. And, Tom’s style of writing is a valuable model for other professionals who want to craft such columns themselves. Enjoy!

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SPIRITUAL PRACTICES TODAY

GOD SIGNS—This week’s Cover Story author Tom Stella knows what he’s talking about when he describes the widespread interest in spiritual practices. This week, Suzy Farbman brings us a vivid example of the popularity, today. She tells us the story of Jo Kleindienst, a cancer survivor, who became so inspired by the ancient Way of St. James in Spain that she devoted a month of her life to that famous pilgrimage. This was not without challenges! Yet, Jo had companions with her—a daughter and a friend—and the journey changed her life. Enjoy this week’s column and, please, share it with friends.

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Click on the Cricket to read Elaine’s Top 10 list.

TOP 10 WAYS TO SING A HAPPY TUNE

ELAINE GREENBERG’S SONG LIST—Nothing stops Elaine! Not mishaps in her neighborhood. Not crises at home. And not even a diagnosis of cancer. That’s why Elaine Greenberg is known throughout southeast Michigan for her many years of cheerful performances to life people’s spirits—and raise money for cancer-support programs. This week, Elaine shares her Top 10 list of songs guaranteed to make you happy. And, she also shares her remarkable life story of community service. We dare you to start singing these songs. You’re guaranteed to start smiling!

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REACHING YOUNG READERS

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CONGRATULATIONS BIAS BUSTERS! The Michigan State University School of Journalism students known as Bias Busters will be honored again by the national group for college journalism educators. The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication chose the MSU Bias Busters book series as a winner in the Best Practices Competition. The 2018 theme is Teaching Diversity in Journalism and Mass Communication. The Bias Busters recently reached a major milestone of asking—and answering—10,000 questions in their guidebooks! Series editor and MSU journalism professor Joe Grimm will accept the honor—second place in the category—on August 7 in Washington D.C. The first-place winner is Jan Larson of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for “Immersion Reporting: Civil Conversation. Third place goes to Jennifer Sadler of the University of Mississippi.

HOW CAN WE REACH YOUNG READERS? David Crumm reports on recent Pew Research with some surprising findings about young adult reading preferences. Did you know that “young folks” read more books than “old folks”? Did you know that teens seem to be abandoning Facebook in huge numbers? This column also has a direct link to download a free 19-page PDF of the May 31 Pew report on teens and social media.

INTERESTED IN PUBLISHING? Want to learn more about publishing today? Please, share this home address with friends: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com

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Holidays

READY FOR FATHER’S DAY?—Stephanie Fenton reminds us that it’s coming on June 17. The holiday’s roots stretch back to 1910 in Spokane, Washington. Ever since then, families have faced the annual challenge of what to do for Dad’s special day. Well, Stephanie also includes a half dozen links to great ideas that just might help you answer the question this year.

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Ramadan Celebrations

EID IS COMING SOON—The vast majority of the world’s nearly 2 billion Muslims are observing the annual fast of Ramadan and, this week, Stephanie Fenton looks at the two big festivals at the crescendo of this month of spiritual reflection: Laylat al-Qadr and Eid al-Fitr. The first marks the moment when the Prophet Muhammad received the revelation of the Quran. The second is the big festival that ends the fasting month. If you’re not Muslim, Stephanie’s column is valuable because it helps us all understand these traditions that are so important to friends, neighbors and co-workers.

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.

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

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FAITH & FILM

Click on the movie still to read about Lean on Pete.

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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Cover Story: MSU students and scholars help us navigate a diverse world

CELEBRATING 1,000 QUESTIONS

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MEET THE BIAS BUSTERS—Michigan State University’s Joe Grimm writes about the milestone of 1,000 questions asked—and answered—by MSU School of Journalism students working with experts nationwide on a popular series of guidebooks. Each title begins “100 Questions & Answers About …” and these students—with input from blue-ribbon panels of expert readers—answer the common questions we often ask among friends and co-workers. The key to living successfully in our diverse communities, today, is understanding the meaning of our individual customs and traditions so that we can see how much we ultimately share. Please, read Joe Grimm’s story about how much has been learned in this years’ long process of asking 1,000 questions. And share this news with friends. These guides are perfect for anyone who wants to know more about family, friends and co-workers from different backgrounds.

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ALSO FROM MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS—“Leaders drive change,” writes Bill Donohue, a Distinguished Professor of Communication at Michigan State University. “That driving process happens through a series of critical conversations.” As we work each day, we talk with managers, co-workers, clients—but we rarely think about how we are approaching these conversations that define our lives. In this “must-read primer for anyone interested in leadership,” Donohue describes our possible approaches to these conversations as a card game he calls Card Talk. Please, read the news about this remarkable, practical—and downright fun—new book that helps us approach often stressful interactions with an eagerness that comes with these fresh insights.

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Click on the image to read about Memorial Day.

Happy Memorial Day!

MAKING MEMORIAL DAY PLANS? Stephanie Fenton’s column also turns back to excerpts from the landmark essay on “Civil Religion in America” by sociologist Robert Bellah—well worth a moment to read this week. If you’re intrigued, she also has a link to find the entire text of Bellah’s lengthy essay. Bellah writes, in part: “Memorial Day observance, especially in the towns and smaller cities of America, is a major event for the whole community involving a rededication to the martyred dead, to the spirit of sacrifice, and to the American vision.” Whether you agree with Bellah or not, there are lots of thought-provoking ideas in this piece that was published half a century ago!

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Ramadan Mubarak!

FASTING & HOSPITALITY—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 related to Ramadan. For example, 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.

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 Ed’s review.

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

MEETING MARCUS AGAIN …

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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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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

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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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Cover Story: Ramadan Mubarak! Is there a peaceful pathway for Christians and Muslims?

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CHRISTIAN ETHICIST CHARTS A PEACEFUL COURSE

MEET MATTHEW KAEMINGK—The most promising pathway toward interfaith peace is not abandoning our faith in the hope of “just getting along with everyone.” In fact, Christian ethicist Matthew Kaemingk argues: If we abandon our faith, we give up the ancient core values that can build a healthy, diverse community. The pathway to peace is a deeper dive into our traditions with a proper understanding of hospitality and humility. This is a landmark book from an evangelical scholar that grapples with a whole host of thorny issues that are facing men and women who care about their congregations—and making peace in our world, today. Please, read David Crumm’s interview with Matthew and share this news with friends.

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Ramadan Mubarak!

THE FASTING MONTH IS STARTING! This week, the world’s nearly 2 billion Muslims begin the annual fasting month, most likely after a crescent of the moon is sighted on Tuesday evening. That makes Wednesday May 16 the most likely first day of fasting in 2018. Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton has the story, including the background on this important month. Then, Stephanie adds some fascinating news items, including the story of a Michigan woman who is creating “Ramadan trees” for American Muslim families. She also has a helpful section on tips and etiquette for greeting our Muslim neighbors and co-workers. Yes, this is a helpful column to share with friends, as well.

WHO PUBLISHES MUSLIM WRITERS? 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.

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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12 Steps Toward …
Helping Others

GOD SIGNS—In keeping with our themes this week of true hospitality and humility, Suzy Farbman brings us the inspiring story of Michael Richker. Early in his life, Michael was addicted to drugs and alcohol to the point of destroying his relationships and his family business. Finally, through the 12 Steps, Michael got sober, discovered a renewed connection with his Jewish faith—and carved out a whole new role in his community. Now, he dedicates his life to helping others.

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FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING

AVOIDING AMAZON? Why would an author, or a small publisher, decide to avoid listing on Amazon? That’s the question this week in a column by Front Edge Publishing Production Director Dmitri Barvinok. Turns out, there are daring—and profitable—reasons that energetic authors sometimes chose this strategy. Want to learn more about publishing today? Please, share this home address with friends: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com

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FAITH & FILM

Click the image to learn about the May issue.

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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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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ReadTheSpirit cover story: Diana Butler Bass asks, Why should we be Grateful?

‘GROUNDED’ AUTHOR TAKES US FURTHER

Click this image to read about Diana’s new book.

WHAT IS GRATITUDE?—As Americans, we love our gratitude! At least, the vast majority of us tell pollsters we frequently feel grateful. But, what exactly do we mean when we use those words? Best-selling author and teacher Diana Butler Bass admits right away in this new book, “I have always struggled with gratitude.” As it turns out, many of us have struggled, as well. Consider this basic question: Is gratitude mainly about stuff we receive? Or is it a value that’s more about others—a way of seeing the world that moves us to share our lives with others and build healthier communities? Then, there’s the truth that many of us have survived loss or trauma. In the wake of such deep pain: Why should we be grateful at all!?! Diana takes on all of these questions in her new book. Please, welcome her back to our online magazine, this week. Enjoy this interview with Diana and this overview of her new book. Then, we’re sure you’ll want to share this good news with friends—so please spread the word via email and social media.

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MUST WE BE ENEMIES?

‘A CHANCE TO HEAL’—Benjamin Pratt returns this week with a surprisingly hopeful column that begins at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem—and winds up taking us for a ride on the Orient Express! Over the past decade, Ben has become one of our most beloved writers and, as he tells us, he simply had to share this connection he found on a journey to Jerusalem—and a plane ride back home again. And, yes, you’ll want to share this with one friends as well.

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ROSE CASTLE

FROM WAR TO PEACE—Have you heard of the Rose Castle Foundation? Sponsored by the Anglican Communion, this effort is transforming a centuries-old landmark of war—historic Rose Castle in the UK—into a center for peacemaking. You can read about the effort on the group’s website. Are you in Michigan on May 5? On Saturday, May 5 at 7 pm, Canon Sarah Snyder, Advisor for Reconciliation to the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Bishop James Newcome of Carlisle and Chaplain to Her Majesty, Elizabeth II, will be visiting historic Christ Church Cranbrook, 470 Church Road, Bloomfield Hills, to talk about the Rose Castle initiative.

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SHARING OUR WISDOM

GOD SIGNS—This week, Suzy Farbman invites all of us to consider a practice that many people enjoy—collecting words of wisdom. Some journal. Some blog. Some create hand-written collections of these gems. Writes Suzy: “I love finding aphorisms even more than spotting shooting stars.” One of her own favorites? “Don’t do something you may regret in 10 minutes or 10 years. I don’t like gilt on my chandeliers or my conscience.” Perhaps, after reading her column this week, you will want to try this yourself.

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MARKETING YOUR BOOK

FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING—This week, marketing expert Susan Stitt offers a check list of ideas for authors engaged in the ongoing marketing of their work. In today’s column, Susan also shares a 2018 snapshot of Americans’ reading preferences in print, e-book and audio formats from Pew Research Center. Ink-on-paper books remain the most popular format for millions of Americans. Over the years, we have learned that many readers of our online magazine are also writers. Want to learn more about publishing today? Please, share this home address with friends: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

Click the image to read Stephanie’s column.

PLAN AHEAD FOR MOM! You’ve got less than two weeks 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.

BAHA’I FESTIVAL—Ridvan is the “King of Festivals” for Baha’is around the world. The observance recalls Baha’u’llah’s emergence as a prophet along with his exile from Baghdad and bittersweet visits with his followers in a garden. Stephanie has the story.

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 movie poster to read Ed’s review.

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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Cover Story: Rediscovering the Tree of World Religions with John Bellaimey

A WISE TEACHER WANTS TO HELP

Click this image to read about John Bellaimey’s book.

MEET JOHN BELLAIMEY—Regular readers of our online magazine already know that understanding the world’s religious and cultural diversity is a pathway to peace on many levels. But you may not know that classes on world religion are not only permitted—they are mandated in many states’ regulations for public schools. John Bellaimey, a veteran educator at Minnesota’s Breck school, now is offering the wealth of his lessons—and gorgeous photos—to readers everywhere. The Tree of World Religions was developed with high school students in mind, but it also is a terrific overview of global religious traditions that any community leader should have handy, these days. Cultural competence is a required skill in most work places, today. Pulling John’s book off the shelf is an easy way to orient yourself to a wide range of traditions. Please, read David Crumm’s interview with John in our Cover Story this week. And, we’re sure you know someone who would like to find out about this remarkable book—so please share this news with friends.

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GIVING GREAT OLD BOOKS NEW LIFE

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FRONT EDGE PUBLISHING—This week, Director of Production Dmitri Barvinok describes the innovative process Front Edge uses to give old books new life. Our Cover Story this week about Tree of World Religions describes the unique value of John Bellaimey’s book. Dmitri’s column steps behind the scenes to explain how this book was transformed from an earlier self-published version with a limited distribution into a flexible new edition with a bright future. Want to learn more about publishing today? Please, share this home address with friends: www.FrontEdgePublishing.com

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BUILDING BRIDGES

SCIENCE & RELIGION—Longtime religion journalist David Briggs, co-founder of the International Association of Religion Journalists, moderated a recent panel of scholars who brought fresh light to the chasm that seems to form between science and religion. Then, David wrote up this summary of the trio’s findings—inspiring ideas for those of us who prefer building bridges to manning barricades. If approached with an open mind and heart, these realms can inspire cooperation, fresh insights and even a shared wonderment. Plus, at the end of David’s column, you can watch a video of the scholars’ conversation. (Note to regular readers who like to share our materials: This is a column you’re going to want to share with friends and discuss in your weekly class or small group. There’s even a video you can show to help spark discussion.)

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CREATIVITY & LOVE

GOD SIGNS—Each week, Suzy Farbman writes true stories of men and women who are courageously grappling with life’s many challenges. This week, meet Patty Elizinga, a business woman and artist, who was diagnosed with cancer—in the same year Suzy herself received that news—and met that challenge with creativity and love. The title of Patty’s memoir says a lot about her attitude: Over My Dead Body! Included in her support system was the development of specially embellished handbags and a series of portraits she painted of her grandchildren. Need a boost today? Enjoy Patty’s story—and please share this with friends.

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

BAHA’I FESTIVAL—Ridvan is the “King of Festivals” for Baha’is around the world. The observance recalls Baha’u’llah’s emergence as a prophet along with his exile from Baghdad and bittersweet visits with his followers in a garden. Stephanie Fenton has the story.

PLAN AHEAD FOR 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 movie poster to read Ed’s review of Chappaquiddick.

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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