Cover Story: Millions, including 20,000 Americans, make the pilgrimage to Mecca—the Hajj

SHARE IN THE POSITIVE SPIRIT OF OUR MUSLIM NEIGHBORS

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS—About 20,000 Americans are among the 2 million pilgrims traveling to Mecca this week for the annual Hajj. This is a perfect time to reach out to Muslim friends, neighbors and co-workers and ask if they know someone taking part in this journey that usually is a once-in-a-lifetime spiritual adventure. The positive spirit surrounding the Hajj can be an antidote to the toxic anti-Muslim bias that has been so prevalent this year.

NEW THIS WEEKOur Holidays & Festivals expert Stephanie Fenton has the story of the Hajj, plus some fascinating video clips.

Eid al-Adha sweets.AND THE CELEBRATIONStephanie also reports on the Eid al-Adha, which is both a part of the Hajj—and is celebrated by Muslim families around the world. Mosques will fill to capacities; Eid dinners will draw families and friends; and the favorite treats often are sweet!

The Hajj is also a recurring theme in Victor Begg’s new book, Our Muslim Neighbors—Achieving the American Dream, an Immigrant’s MemoirAs he writes in the book, Victor was fortunate enough to make the pilgrimage twice—once as a young man and again many years later in which he was able to write a chronicle of the experience.

Please, use this timely opportunity to reach out across your community this week. Share these stories with friends.

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Novelist Rex Beach.The story of a Beach—and a Beach

SUZY FARBMAN tells a fascinating true story this week of her husband’s efforts to save a Michigan beach for public access—in a location associated with the once-famous American novelist Rex Beach. Never heard of him? Well, you’re in for a treat! Read this story and you may want to reach back and check out one of his tales—or even watch one of the many movies based on his adventurous yarns. One of those movies stars John Wayne. And, if you’re passing through northern Michigan? Take off your shoes and stroll along the Beach-related public beach that Burton Farbman helped to save.

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Australian Christian podcaster Daniel Gettis.

Click Daniel’s photo to listen.

And now, Live from Australia!

DAVID GUSHEE CIRCLES THE GLOBE—It’s a real treat to hear Australian evangelical podcaster Daniel Gettis introduce David Gushee, the noted Christian ethicist and author of Changing Our Mind. As Gettis describes him: “Gushee has thrown himself into this world of Christian ethics, figuring out how, then, we should live in light of what Jesus Christ has done for humanity.” Gettis does not entirely agree with Gushee’s case for the full inclusion of LGBTQ people within the church—nor do many listeners to Gettis’s podcast. As Gettis explains it: “This podcast is about presenting another side of a conversation you might not have heard before—and that’s a good thing.”

We completely agree, and we are impressed with Gettis’s interview of Gushee. In a one-hour conversation, Gettis models the kind of civil conversation that stands in stark contrast to the kinds of angry debates staged in much of American media on these issues. Check out the August 1 podcast yourself. And, if you care to learn more about the book, jump over to Amazon and get a copy.

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Mario Lopez ‘clearly needs a primer on trans issues’

Cover of MSU book 100 Questions and Answers about Gender Identity

Click the cover to learn more about the book.

HOW ABOUT YOU? That recommendation of a primer for Lopez came from Sarah Kate Ellis, head of GLAAD, the media advocacy group on behalf of LGBTQ people. At issue was the confused and admittedly hurtful way TV celebrity Mario Lopez talked about transgender family issues on a recent TV show with a conservative host. Later, Lopez publicly apologized, a story covered by ADVOCATE magazine. In that story, Sarah Kate Ellis was quoted as describing Lopez’s remarks as dangerous, a reflection of his ignorance—and she concluded that he “clearly needs a primer on trans issues.”

In 2018, the Michigan State University School of Journalism Bias Busters team published exactly that kind of primer: 100 Questions and answers about Gender Identity. This week, we are mailing a copy to the offices of both Lopez and Ellis. Want your own copy? Visit Amazon and order a copy today.

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And Speaking of Ignorance?
Here’s Another Way We Can Help

100 Questions and Answers about American Jews‘AMERICANS KNOW LITTLE ABOUT JUDAISM’—That’s the conclusion of the latest Pew Research Center religious knowledge survey, as reported on August 1. The report says: “Compared with other Americans, U.S. Jews have relatively high levels of religious knowledge—including about non-Jewish religions like Christianity, Islam and Sikhism. But most non-Jewish Americans are unable to answer some basic factual questions about Jewish practices.”

That same MSU School of Journalism Bias Busters team publishes 100 Questions and Answers about American Jews. Here’s an overview of that book and the topics it covers. Or, you could simply jump to Amazon and order a copy of that guide, as well.

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20 Marketing Tips for Effective Authors

How many have you checked off? In this week’s Front Edge Publishing column, marketing expert Susan Stitt provides a valuable checklist of the most effective steps authors can take to build an audience. Are you an author? A friend of an author? Take a look at Susan’s checklist and see how many of these ideas you—or your friend—have checked off. Social media and digital tools like video are powerful ways to reach readers—but the core of Susan’s message is that authors really are trying to build a community around their books. Many of Susan’s tips involve the basic values of good friendship.

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Movie still from The Lion King 2019.

Click the movie still to read Ed’s review.

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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Cover Story: Questions about sexual abuse and mental illness are Urgent. That’s why Lucille Sider is on the road.

‘LIGHT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS’

TAKING A MESSAGE OF HOPE ON THE ROAD—Our online magazine takes our vocation seriously: “Good media builds healthier communities.” That’s why we publish stories (and books) like the one featured in our Cover Story this week.

Lucille Sider, a clinical psychologist and clergywoman, is carrying her message of honesty and hope to audiences nationwide. That story begins with her new book-length memoir, Light Shines in Darkness: My Healing Journey Through Sexual Abuse and Depression.

In our Cover Story, Lucille reports on why these issues are so urgent to so many families nationwide. And, she tells us about two recent public appearances in Illinois and New York. Please, read this story and share it with friends via email, social media—or simply print out Lucille’s story and share it with your small group.

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Helping to Reduce Bias in Early Childhood Education

ANNI REINKING APPOINTED—In addition to highlighting the work of Lucille Sider, this week, we are celebrating the appointment of author and scholar Dr. Anni Reinking to a new Illinois-state-wide assessment team of early childhood education programs. In Anni’s column, she explains why this often-hidden bias is difficult to identify and has remained a problem for so many years.

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And speaking of helping others …

SHARING OUR WISDOM—What an appropriate Suzy Farbman column this week! Our magazine, this week, opens with stories from two authors who are traveling far and wide to bring their wisdom to bear on urgent challenges affecting families. This week, Suzy writes a wonderful remembrance about two real-life uncles who knew a thing or two about how to deliver wisdom—so that it would be remembered many years later.

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

HARVEST FESTIVALS already are on the horizon, including Lammas and Lughnasadh with centuries of tradition in the UK, including the baking of special loaves for a festival on or near August 1. Stephanie Fenton has the story. If you’re looking for festivals in your corner of the world, remember to Google local events early—because some regional festivals are moved, these days, to more convenient weekend days.

Want to see all the stories about Holidays & Festivals & Seasons? Just remember www.InterfaithHolidays.com 

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Why Do We Have 2 Bookstores?

THE ANSWER MAY SURPRISE YOU—We actually sell books from 100s of bookstores around the world. In this week’s Front Edge Publishing column, David Crumm writes about the two bookstores we maintain. He explains why book distribution can be a huge challenge, facing issues from price fluctuations to random messages about unexplained delays. And, he looks at how we address those challenges by offering our authors and readers lots of options!

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Click the movie still to read Ed’s look back at Do the Right Thing.

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.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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Cover Story: Celebrating American Ingenuity and Self Reliance, an Artist Honors His Father

GENERATIONS OF AMERICAN CREATIVITY

AN ARTIST CELEBRATES HIS FATHER—This week, author and columnist Suzy Farbman writes our Cover Story—a vivid look at how artist John Rowland has celebrated the creative self reliance of his father with an exhibition of the older man’s handiwork.

The central purpose of our magazine, since our founding in 2007, has been to publish inspiring news, columns and reviews about religious and cultural diversity—stories that call us together as a community. Author and scholar Wayne Baker in his book United America ranks “self-reliance and individualism” as one of the 10 universal core values that all Americans hold dear. Generation to generation, the Rowlands embody that value.

Their story is a beacon, reminding us of values that can unite us in these turbulent times.

Please, enjoy Suzy Farbman’s Cover Story—and please share it with friends via social media.

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AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY ABROAD, AS WELL

RODNEY CURTIS is back this week with one of his gorgeously illustrated stories from his travels. Most of Rodney’s trip, this time, was pure pleasure on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. But, he also reminds us that families across the Caribbean are still facing huge challenges from destructive storms.

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

OBON / ULLAMBANAA festival of ancient dances, intricate costumes and a celebration of Japanese culture commences, as the spirit of Obon circles the globe. Worldwide, this festival spans an entire month: “Shichigatsu Bon,” celebrated in Eastern Japan, begins in mid-July; “Hachigatsu Bon” commences in August; “Kyu Bon,” or “Old Bon,” is observed annually on the 15th day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar.

HARVEST FESTIVALS already are on the horizon, including Lammas and Lughnasadh with centuries of tradition in the UK, including the baking of special loaves for a festival on or near August 1. Stephanie Fenton has the story. If you’re looking for festivals in your corner of the world, remember to Google local events early—because some regional festivals are moved, these days, to more convenient weekend days.

Want to see all the stories about Holidays & Festivals & Seasons? Just remember www.InterfaithHolidays.com 

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‘As an Immigrant, I Want My Party Back’

VICTOR BEGG SPEAKS OUT—Our magazine is dedicated to inclusive community, so we avoid partisan politics. Nevertheless, many of our readers have contacted us in recent weeks about the tragic rise of hate speech aimed at minorities. Victor Begg, author of the new Our Muslim Neighbors, also is a frequent contributing commentator for newspapers, magazines and radio. He also happens to be both a life-long Republican, and an immigrant. Here are two links to his commentary, headlined: “I’m a Republican, an immigrant and a Muslim—and I want my party back.” Here is the original publication of Victor’s column in a Florida newspaper. Then, here is a second link to a page with fewer graphics.

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Click on this image to read Dmitri’s column about book proofing.

HOW IS A BOOK PROOFED?

EVER WONDER about a typo you spot in a new book? Care to learn more about how professionals direct a proofing process these days? Do you know what those objects are in the photo, above? They’re “reglets.” Still wonder what they are? Publishing house Production Manager Dmitri Barvinok takes readers on a tour of the proof process in our Front Edge Publishing column this week.

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CLICK the movie poster to read Ed’s review.

Faith & Film

Click the image to learn about the July 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.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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Cover Story: Marc Lesser’s ‘Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader’ fuses ancient wisdom with cutting-edge business

A GREAT CONNECTOR—Marc Lesser is famous for forging a pattern of spiritual practices for daily living that fuses ideas from both the ancient and the newest sources of wisdom. A Zen teacher who lived for years in a monastery, Marc worked on developing a cutting-edge training program for Google staffers, which was launched in 2007. Now, he widely travels and teaches. This week, our Cover Story features an interview with Marc about his newest book, Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery KitchenAs always, we invite you to share our cover story with friends via social media. All of our stories end an easy-to-print button so you could share these stories with your small group in paper form as well.

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Speaking of Daily Practice …

SIMPLY LENDING A STRANGER YOUR STEADY ARM—Regular readers love Ben Pratt’s simple stories and have been sharing these gems across social media—as inspiring illustrations of life’s daily challenges. What Ben Pratt adds to this week’s theme is—quite simply—a small slice of a life defined by the kind of compassionate spirituality Marc Lesser describes. Ben writes …

Q: What do these vast, timeless principles look like on a daily basis?
A: Like an outstretched arm.

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The Art of Conflict Resolution

‘REFORMING AMERICAN POLITICS’—Our thanks go out to Byron Borger, co-founder with his wife Beth of the nationally known Pennsylvania bookstore Hearts & Minds! Recently, Religion News Service featured an extensive profile of the Borgers and their store. In Byron’s latest lengthy newsletter about new books, he gave high praise to Harold Heie’s new book, Reforming American PoliticsByron’s overall theme was “Books on Civility,” and he saved his praise for Harold’s book until near the end—so you’ll have to keep reading to reach that item.

In his July 11 newsletter, Byron writes: “I am very fond of this very interesting book and want to highly recommend it because it does two or three important things: … Firstly, it teaches us to be civil in our discussions, even our on-line debates. Secondly, it helps us develop—by walking through a series of reports about on-line debates and evaluating their civility—a consistently Christian vision for and perspective on government and politics and citizenship. So this is a twofer kind of book. You will learn the art of conflict resolution … even as you are invited to actually ponder what a truly Christian viewpoint might be on various social and public policy issues. … It’s all here!”

Stop by Amazon and get a copy, and you’ll likely want to discuss this book with friends.

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Tricks of the Book-Selling Trade

IT’s ALL ABOUT COMMUNITY—Authors and journalists are at the heart of our ReadTheSpirit magazine and our Front Edge Publishing house. Marketing Director Susan Stitt writes about the importance of working together to amplify the good news. She reports on five powerful online opportunities to enhance the voices of authors. If you are inspired by the columns we publish in this magazine—please, read Susan’s column and help out an author whose message matters to you. A few minutes of your time sharing some news with others can make a big difference.

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

OBON / ULLAMBANAA festival of ancient dances, intricate costumes and a celebration of Japanese culture commences, as the spirit of Obon circles the globe. Worldwide, this festival spans an entire month: “Shichigatsu Bon,” celebrated in Eastern Japan, begins in mid-July; “Hachigatsu Bon” commences in August; “Kyu Bon,” or “Old Bon,” is observed annually on the 15th day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar.

JULY 20—’THREE WEEKS’ begins for Jewish families worldwide—and Stephanie Fenton has the story. Beginning on the 17th of the month of Tammuz and ending on Tisha B’Av, Jews lament the destruction of the First and Second Temples and the historical misfortunes of the Jewish people.

BIRTHDAY OF HAILE SELASSIE—On July 23, Rastafari around the world—estimated to number 700,000 to 1 million—hold Nyabingi drumming sessions and celebrate the birthday anniversary of Haile Selassie I. Selassie remained a lifelong Christian, but never reproached the Rastafari for their beliefs in him as the returned messiah. Stephanie has the story of the holiday and of Selassie’s life, which is one of the most poignant of 20th-century leaders.

Want to see all the stories about Holidays & Festivals & Seasons? Just remember www.InterfaithHolidays.com 

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Faith & Film

Click the image to learn about the July 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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ReadTheSpirit Cover Story: Bill and Jeanie Wylie-Kellermann help us to envision the best of community care

Click the cover to read our story.

‘Dying Well’ Invites Us into a Family’s Love and Caregiving

YOU’LL REMEMBER—That’s the hope of Bill Wylie-Kellermann, whose new book is a memoir that begins with his wife Jeanie’s inspiring life in journalism and activism for social justice. Together, the couple attracted a huge network of friends and co-workers. Then, in the second half, this memoir looks at how that same compassionate community gathered with all of its multi-faceted talents to help Jeanie Wylie-Kellermann through years of health challenges and finally her death.

“As readers experience our story, many of them are going to remember things about their own families,” Bill says in our Cover Story this week.

Their daughter, the writer Lydia Wylie-Kellermann, points to the book’s over-arching theme: “Reading these pages, the love will jump right off the page.”

Since our founding in 2007, we have highlighted the heroic lives and daunting challenges faced by America’s millions of caregivers. This is a story to share with friends, to discuss in your small group, and to inspire your community’s efforts to help families struggling with major crises. As always, we ask you to share this news on social media. You’re also free to print out this story and distribute it that way, as well.

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

REMEMBERING A MARTYR—To the world’s more than 5 million Baha’is, the Báb is revered much as Christians look to the martyrdom of the prophet John the Baptist as a foreshadowing of Jesus’s life and death. As one of nine holy days of the year, the Martyrdom of the Bab commemorates the anniversary of events that occurred in 1850. Secular historians disagree about those events; Baha’is regard them as miraculous. Stephanie Fenton has the story of the observance that begins at sundown on Monday.

BIRTHDAY OF HAILE SELASSIE—On July 23, Rastafari around the world—estimated to number 700,000 to 1 million—hold Nyabingi drumming sessions and celebrate the birthday anniversary of Haile Selassie I. Selassie remained a lifelong Christian, but never reproached the Rastafari for their beliefs in him as the returned messiah. Stephanie has the story of the holiday and of Selassie’s life, which is one of the most poignant of 20th-century leaders.

Want to see all the stories about Holidays & Festivals & Seasons? Just remember www.InterfaithHolidays.com 

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When a Story Is Better than a Sermon

A NOVEL APPROACHContributing columnist Henry Brinton tells the story behind his suspenseful murder mystery with an interfaith array of characters.

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Exploring Racism through the lens of Mixed Families

MILLIONS OF HOUSEHOLDS—And that means there are millions of stories from the ever-growing number of families that are racially mixed. In this week’s Front Edge Publishing column, David Crumm reports on three pioneering authors who write about the experience of racism through the lens of racially blended families.

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50 Years Ago …

REMEMBERING THE GUY ‘LEFT BEHIND’—All Americans are remembering the triumphant 1969 landing on the moon, including lots of coverage on TV and in newspapers and magazines. Author Rodney Curtis recalls the one man who came very close—but never touched that lunar surface.

RODNEY ALSO URGES READERS: “Go see Yesterday!” If you haven’t caught the new Beatles-themed fantasy, Rodney says it’s a great occasion to have some fun—and to sing along with all those classics.

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Faith & Film

Click the image to learn about the July 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: This July 4th don’t just honor our military personnel—get to know them

AMERICANS LOVE TO HONOR THEM

BUT DO WE KNOW THEM? Columnist Martin Davis writes our Cover Story this week, suggesting that July 4 is an ideal reminder to get to know a family with ties to our service personnel.

Martin begins by sharing some fascinating facts about America’s active-duty men and women, as well as our veterans. Then, the heart of this column follows Martin’s personal journey toward new friendships—because his own family now includes a young U.S. Marine. At the end of his story, we’ve added recommendations of a couple of new books that will help you learn more about the millions of active-duty and veteran families nationwide.

Please, read Martin’s story and share this with friends via email or social media. Think about sparking a small-group discussion. We always invite readers to print out inspiring columns like this and share them with friends in that format, as well.

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Planning a Day at the Zoo this Week?

WILD WONDERS—EVEN IN A WHEELCHAIR: This week, Suzy Farbman writes about her family’s recent visit to the Detroit Zoo, which has recently added a wheelchair adapted cart so groups can make their way around the vast park. Suzy also tells the story of how their host, Ron Kagan, built the zoo into a world-class attraction.

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ARE YOU READY FOR JULY 4?

MILLIONS ARE PLANNING PARTIES—So, before you finalize your plans, read Stephanie Fenton’s column about the holiday, which contains a dozen fascinating links to everything from recipes to tips for a successful party.

 

 

 

 

Want to see all the stories about Holidays & Festivals & Seasons? Just remember www.InterfaithHolidays.com 

NEXT WEEK, 5 million Baha’is around the world will observe the Martyrdom of the Bab, a founder of their religious tradition, in 1850.

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Humility: a healing balm

AHEAD OF THE TREND—Journalist David Briggs’ latest report on scholarly research focuses on new studies of an ancient value: humility. David writes: “New studies indicate the simple act of recognizing the limitations of your own worldview and having an open mind toward other’s perspectives, a concept referred to as cultural humility, can lead to profound changes in the way we view, accept and even forgive one another.” Click here to visit the website of the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) to read David’s entire column.

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Associated Press Changes the Rules

NEWS FOR WRITERS AND EDITORSIn this week’s Front Edge Publishing column, Dmitri Barvinok looks at the big new Associated Press (AP) Stylebook that is landing on writers’ and editors’ desks nationwide.

About 200 changes were made, some of them as a result of AP editors talking with Twitter users. You may be surprised, pleased or perhaps frustrated by the news you’ll find in this update.

In his column, Dmitri picked his own most intriguing changes to highlight for those of us who rely on this book. The big changes range from the use of the percentage sign (%) to the complex issues faced by writers and editors when covering race-related issues.

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Click this movie image to read Ed’s review of the powerful Netflix miniseries.

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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Cover Story: Finally, we’ve got answers! 100 Questions and Answers about Millennials and Gen Xers

WE WORK TOGETHER;
BUT DON’T ALWAYS UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER

Click the image to read our story.

NOW THERE’S HELP—Have you ever said something to a group of co-workers or neighbors and suddenly had the sinking feeling that they didn’t understand a word you just said to them? Why can’t those “young people”—or those “older people”—understand us?

Right now, Americans have four huge generations in the workforce and lots of time and energy is wasted because we simply miss cultural cues from each other. That’s why the Michigan State University School of Journalism Bias Busters team has just published its first double-sized guidebook: 100 Questions and Answers about Gen Xers—and on the flip side of the book, an entire second book begins: 100 Questions and Answers about Millennials.

In our Cover Story this week, we preview some of the key questions. There’s even a two-question Pop Quiz. It’s super simple. (Or so we thought!)

Please, read this Cover Story, get the guidebook—it’ll make life so much easier for you in the future—and tell friends about this news.

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

Want to see all the stories about Holidays & Festivals & Seasons? Just remember www.InterfaithHolidays.com 

SACRED HEART

FRIDAY JUNE 28—Holidays & Festivals columnist Stephanie Fenton reports on observances from many faith and cultural traditions. This week, she explains the centuries-old traditions behind a familiar Catholic symbol known as The Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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ARE YOU READY FOR JULY 4?

MILLIONS ARE PLANNING PARTIES—So, before you finalize your plans, read Stephanie Fenton’s column about the holiday, which contains a dozen fascinating links to everything from recipes to tips for a successful party.

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Make a Difference This Week

VICTOR BEGG APPEARS IN DC—The author of Our Muslim Neighbors is coming ton Washington D.C. for a Tuesday, June 25, appearance at the popular progressive gathering place Busboys and Poets. The landmark was established 14 years ago as a center of anti-Iraq-War activism by artist, activist and restaurateur Andy Shallal. Will you be in the DC area next week? Stop by the 450 K St NW location at 6 p.m. and see what Victor has to say about the state of our nation today. The name Busboys and Poets was chosen in 2005 to honor Langston Hughes, who once worked as a busboy. Over the years, the venue has become known as “a cultural hub for artists, activists, writers, thinkers and dreamers.”

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How do authors get paid?

PUBLISHING NEWSIn this week’s Front Edge Publishing column, financial manager Patty Thompson answers the universal question authors ask: “When do I get paid?” The answer is complex and it has caused perennial friction between authors and the publishing industry, nationwide. Patty explains the challenges all publishers and authors face—and she explains how Front Edge has developed best practices that work around those barriers as effectively as we can. Are you an author? Know an author? This is a valuable column to read and to share with colleagues.

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Click this image to read Ed’s review of the documentary called simply 5B.

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.

Click the movie still to read Ed’s review of All Is True.

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