AN INTERFAITH FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
- COVER STORY—We interview Bud Heckman, who is designing the architecture for a successful interfaith movement. He explains many ways you can help turn religious conflict into cooperation.
- MICHIGAN CONFERENCE—You can meet Bud Heckman—and ReadTheSpirit writers as well—August 10-13 at the North American Interfaith Network (NAIN) annual conference in Detroit.
- ALSO COMING TO MICHIGAN—We interview Kay Lindahl, an expert on the sacred art of listening.
- ‘UNITED AMERICA’—Dr. Wayne Baker, creator of the OurValues project, also is coming to speak at the Michigan conference. So are presenters Daniel Buttry, Joe Grimm and Lynne Meredith Golodner.
- DIETRICH BONHOEFFER—An interview with Charles Marsh, whose new biography of Bonhoeffer explores why this heroic pastor was able to understand the evils of Naziism so early in the 1930s.
- BILLY MILLS AND HIS EAGLE—From public radio to Suzy Farbman’s Godsigns column, Americans are recalling Native American runner Billy Mills’ triumph over bigotry.
OUR VALUES—GET OUT THE VOTE
- AMERICANS can make a difference in this week’s primary elections, but OurValues columnist Terry Gallagher warns that many voters are reluctant to visit the polls.
HOLIDAYS and FESTIVALS
- ALL THE HOLIDAYS—Our master calendar is at www.InterfaithHolidays.com
- TISHA B’AV—Fasting marks the most solemn day in the Jewish calendar.
- TRANSFIGURATION OF JESUS–Many Christians mark the ancient feast in August.
- INDIGENOUS PEOPLE—For two decades, the UN has been celebrating the 370 million men, women and children living in indigenous communities.
- COLORFUL INDIAN BRACELETS—It’s Raksha Bandhan, an ancient festival expressing love between brothers and sisters.
- HUNGRY GHOST FESTIVAL—It’s known by many names and specific dates vary, and it’s a beautiful festival that ends with lanterns on the water.
- (SUMMER TRAVEL 1) CHAUTAUQUA THRIVES! FeedTheSpirit columnist Bobbie Lewis reports on her visit to America’s historic educational community—and serves up a recipe for sour cream banana bread, too!
- (SUMMER TRAVEL 2) RODNEY’S ‘MANCATION’—From the sublime to the … Well, Rodney Curtis writes about vacationing with the guys. Come on! You’ve gotta see his photos from ball parks.
- WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL—We’ve already published two dozen inspiring profiles (with music videos!) in this celebration of musical peacemakers. You’ll find easy links to all of them on the Interfaith Peacemakers home page.
- NEW: YO YO MA—You know his cello, but do you know about his cross-cultural work?
- NEW: BONO—Our profile includes three terrific Bono/U2 videos.
- NEW: LEONARD COHEN—Welcome guest writer Bob Bruttell, who profiles the composer of so many songs that have reshaped global culture.
FAITH AND FILM: MUST SEE MOVIES!
- VISUAL PARABLES JOURNAL—Famous faith-and-film writer Edward McNulty fills each issue of his Journal with thought-provoking study guides. It’s the only thing he sells on his website, where most of his offerings are free. Please, consider supporting his Journal.
- A MOST WANTED MAN—(5 out of 5 stars) What a memorable film! It’s a John LeCarre story and Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final performance.
- KOLYA—(5 stars) In an older film widely available on DVD, a down-on-his-luck musician finds new life through an unexpected “son.”
- MATEWAN—(5 stars) Also available on DVD and video streaming, don’t miss this 1987 drama from John Sayles.
- WISH I WAS HERE—(4 stars) It’s not for everyone, but we like this quirky new drama from Zach and Adam Braff.
- THE HORNET’S NEST—(3.5 stars) This newly released documentary on the Afghanistan war looks back at key conflicts.
- AND SO IT GOES—(3.5 stars) Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas are fun, but predictable, in their new comedy.