BRIAN McLAREN’S BACK!
COVER STORY—In a new interview, best-selling author Brian McLaren talks about a very practical new book, We Make the Road by Walking. Within this book is all you need to take a 52-week pilgrimage through the Bible with Brian as your guide.
- ALL ABOUT BRIAN McLAREN—This in-depth McLaren Resource Page looks at the whole sweep of his career, complete with additional interviews and book reviews.
- RELATED INTERVIEWS—You’ll find similarly inspiring themes in our recent interviews with Barbara Brown Taylor and Philip Jenkins and Marcus Borg.
- RESEARCH BACKS IT UP—McLaren’s appeal for Americans to find a spiritual common ground rests on his related work with Dr. Wayne Baker. McLaren wrote the Preface for Dr. Baker’s book, United America.
What’s up with men?
While Dr. Wayne Baker travels this summer, the popular columnist Terry Gallagher returns with his signature talent for spotting values churning in our ever-changing popular culture. This week he looks at the clash over manhood …
- PART 1—Who are you following in the summer of #yesallwomen and #menpr?
- PART 2—Where are men in higher education?
- PART 3—Do our boys face more dangers than our girls?
- PART 4—Why are men shunning volunteerism?
- PART 5—What would you put in your man cave?
Music Makes Peace!
Our Interfaith Peacemakers department continues our World Music Festival, bringing you inspiring profiles of musicians who are changing the world—along with terrific video clips! Here are just some of these toe-tapping stories …
- NEW—Musicians without Borders
- NEW—The Singing Revolution
- NEW—Playing for Change
- CLASSIC—Pete Seeger
- NEW ALBUM—Carrie Newcomer
- FROM AFRICA—Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars
HOLIDAYS, FILMS, FOOD and MORE
ALL HOLIDAYS—Remember the simple URL www.InterfaithHolidays.com
- BAHA’S—Our story on the holy day, Martyrdom of the Bab, includes a fascinating news item: Baha’is now rank as the second largest religious population in one U.S. state. Know which one?
- BUDDHISTS—Dates vary but many Buddhists celebrate the Buddha’s enlightenment on Asalha Puja Day.
- JAPANESE—Also inspired by Buddhism, the Japanese festival of Obon, or Bon, is celebrated around the world.
- JULY THEMES—This mid-summer month is marked in many ways: Hot Dog Month, the World War I Centennial, Ramadan and even “Dog Days.”
ALL FILMS—Visit our Visual Parables department for more than a thousand thoughtful reviews by faith-and-film expert Edward McNulty.
- NEW VISUAL PARABLES JOURNAL—The July issue of Visual Parables journal contains full discussion guides for more than a dozen new films.
- TAMMY—It tanked at the box-office over the holiday weekend and Ed McNulty says: Skip it. Only 2 stars (out of 5).
- THE ROVER—Ed says this “Aussie noir” film is OK. 3 stars.
- THE SIGNAL—This sci-fi tale with aliens is better. 3.5 stars.
- MALIFICENT—Ed says: Go see it! 4 stars.
- FILM CAPSULES—Ed’s July Film Capsules are bite-sized movie items that you’re free to use in our own newsletter or website. (Go on and share these—readers like to discover good films!)
- HUNGER GAMES and SOVIET PROPAGANDA—Jane Wells takes a fascinating look at how The Hunger Games producers are tapping into Soviet propaganda to show us the dangers of their dystopian world.
FEED THE SPIRIT
- COOKING UP SOAP—Bobbie expands her “recipe” list with a sure-fire way to make your own soap!
- TASTE OF AMERICA—If you were traveling over the holiday, don’t miss this delightful look at American tastes—with a great recipe for baked beans.
- STALKING CELERY—Don’t miss the latest from guest columnist Rabbi Eli Finkelman.
CELEBRATING CHILDREN & FAMILIES
- AN INTERFAITH FIRST—The great sage of the Jains comes all the way from India to your home in a delightfully colorful new children’s book, Mahavira.
- SUZY FARBMAN—Childhood friendships can last a lifetime. Suzy Farbman recalls a best friend, Bobbye.
- DEBRA DARVICK—From childhood—to adulthood! Proud Mom Debra Darvick celebrates her son Eliot.