516 A week of holy days, uplifting stories and an inspirational gift for youth groups

Bible Here Now Images Welcome to an exciting and inspirational week!
    Here’s a preview—and an invitation to try a whole new approach to Christian education for youth as the new school year rolls into full gear!

TODAY—THE DEBUT
OF “BIBLE HERE AND NOW”
FOR CHRISTIAN YOUTH

    Here’s a new, free resource for your church’s teens!
    Yes, we know that many of our readers are not Christian, but the vast majority of American congregations are part of the diverse Christian family—and that means thousands of youth leaders are searching, right now, for fresh programs to engage and inspire teens.
    Starting today, we are working with top Christian educator Beth Miller on www.BibleHereAndNow.com —a provocative, once-a-week, “open letter” to teens that helps young people connect the Bible with global news and culture.
    The every-Monday series starts today. We welcome group leaders anywhere to share this material with your groups. You’ll be reading along with the more than 100 teenagers who gather each week for Beth Miller’s innovative classes at her home church.
    Here’s how it works: Starting each Monday, we ask young people and group leaders to read the “open letter” for the week, posted on the new Web site. We encourage readers to reflect on the scripture for the week and the thoughtful comments from writers around the world. We want teens to wrestle with the questions for discussion. Then, the following Sunday, groups will meet and discuss that week’s theme.
    Yes, we are welcoming you to pass around the Web address, http://www.BibleHereAndNow.com
    And, Yes: If you wish, you can print out the articles or send them to your own youth group. That’s OK. We hope you’ll tell others about this resource and will return to add comments to the Web site.
    To our readers from other faith traditions: This model can be adapted for your faith tradition and your own scriptures. If you try it—or you’re already doing something like this online—Email us and let us know!

BACK TO SCHOOL JOLT:
SHOULD OUR KIDS JOIN THE ARMY?

    All this week, Dr. Wayne Baker also has a hot back-to-school theme at OurValues.org, the Web site that encourages civil conversation about urgent and often controversial issues in American life.
    Kids and the military!
    That’s right—and, get this: Wayne has a 2nd-grade son and found himself having to fill out forms this year authorizing (or refusing) to allow military recruiters to contact his child.
    How about you? Are you aware of this back-to-school issue for families? Join the conversation at OurValues.org

LIFT YOUR CITY
IN PRAYER—And, Pssssst!
A MAJOR TREAT THIS WEEK!

    We gathered. We prayed.
    On TUESDAY, we’ll tell you about prayer rallies in Detroit and the Chicago area.
    On WEDNESDAY, we’ve got Dr. Robert J. Wicks visiting ReadTheSpirit to talk about his uplifting, nuts-and-bolts guide to prayer that can make a real difference in your life! Don’t miss that.

HOLY DAYS COMING …
WE’VE GOT NEWS

And, A GREAT STORY, TOO

    Ramadan is ending this week and millions of Muslims are celebrating the gift of the Quran on the Night of Power. Then, all 1 billion Muslims soon will join in the “Eid,” the great holiday that marks the end of the fast. In many communities, the Eid lasts more than one day. Read all about it in Stephanie Fenton’s “Spiritual Season” column.
    PLUS, the same lunar cycle brings us to the Jewish New New Year! We’ll be marking the Jewish High Holidays along with our readers.

    Starting THURSDAY and FRIDAY this week, we’ve got a marvelous, inspiring—and very human—story by Jewish writer Lynne Meredith Schreiber. Don’t miss it, whatever your faith might be.

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