ReadTheSpirit Cover Story: Timothy McMahan King’s ‘Addiction Nation’ encourages all of us to discuss community responses

WHAT THE OPIOID CRISIS REVEALS ABOUT—US

COMMUNITIES CAN RESPOND—Have you been following the latest headlines? Law enforcement agencies nationwide are zeroing in on legal and illegal producers of opioids—but the nationwide rate of addiction and overdose continues at an alarming rate. News this past week about a suburban Eagle Scout who ran a deadly online opioid ring is a reminder that this is truly our problem wherever we live. In fact, the crisis is now more acute in rural areas than in urban centers.

Please, read our Cover Story this week—an interview with Timothy McMahan King, author of the new memoir and manifesto: Addiction Nation—What the Opioid Crisis Reveals about Us. This is an important book for community and congregation discussions this fall and winter. SPECIAL NOTE—This Cover Story even has a newsy, fact-filled section you can print out and share with friends to spark interest in a discussion.

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Want Books for the Holidays? Avoid the Crunch!

BOOK SALES ARE RISING—but the capacity of the publishing industry hits a major backlog during the holiday shopping-season. This has happened during November-December for a couple of years. So, this week, Editor David Crumm reports on the forces causing these slowdowns—and issues a reminder to make your readers happy by shopping early!

 

HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

Celebrating the 19th Amendment’s Centennial

THE YEAR IS STARTING—We already are in “the centennial year” of observances and projects planned to mark the August 26, 1920, ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving American women the right to vote. That’s a milestone in human rights that will be marked in many ways: exhibitions, books, documentaries, magazines and events. In this week’s Front Edge Publishing column, Editor David Crumm describes the media excitement about the centennial and suggests ways you can be part of it.

AUTUMN IS COMING

EQUINOX & MABON—Holidays & Festivals columnist Stephanie Fenton has the story about the change of seasons—and how many pagans continue to mark the occasion as Mabon.

MESKEL—Later in September, Ethiopian Orthodox Christian and Eritrean Orthodox Christian communities will stage processions and light bonfires to recall an ancient story involving the “true cross.” Stephanie Fenton has the story.

MICHAELMAS—Search for an aster blossom, make a blackberry crumble or bake a bannock today: It’s Michaelmas, the Christian feast for St. Michael the Archangel.

NAVARATRI—At the end of September, this year, Hindus begin the nine-night religious festival known as Sharad Navaratri, an ancient festival that emphasizes the motherhood of the divine and femininity.

Jewish High Holy Days

ROSH HASHANAHBefore September ends, the Jewish High Holy Days begin with the New Year 5780. Do you know someone who is Jewish? Get ready to wish him or her L’shanah tovah—“For a good year!”

Care to see all the holidays? It’s easy to find our annual calendar of global observances—just remember the address InterfaithHolidays.com

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Click this photo to read Ed's review of the documentary One Child Nation.

Click on these movie stills to learn more about the September 2019 issue of Visual Parables Journal.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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