Cover Story: A pilgrimage to (Saint) Walt Disney?

Disney still promises ‘A Beautiful Tomorrow’

Walt Disney from the US Postal Service stampCOVER STORY—This year is the 60 anniversary of Walt Disney’s daring expansion in 1955 from movies into daily television with The Mickey Mouse Club and amusement parks with the opening of Disneyland. In our Cover Story, ReadTheSpirit Editor David Crumm writes about a three-generation spiritual pilgrimage his family undertook to Disney World. Then, GodSigns author Suzy Farbman—an expert on the life-saving power of spiritual inspiration—shares some of her all-time favorite lines from Disney characters.

GET INVOLVED! This week, we’re all asking: What’s your favorite Disney line? Share your favorites with David Crumm on Twitter and mention #ReadTheSpirit or just email us at [email protected]


th World War II Veteran baseball cap‘THE HAT’—Have you seen this hat? Do you know what it means to many who wear it? Today, MSU’s Joe Grimm continues our series—Meeting ‘Our’ Veterans—with the inspiring story of one man who wears such a hat.

THE SERIES—The Michigan State University veterans project, launched by students at the MSU School of Journalism, is far bigger than a single new book. Headline news about the project has appeared in more than 200 media outlets—fueled by AP reporter Jeff Karoub’s story: “Journalism students aim to dispel myths about veterans.” th MSU 100 Q&A Veterans Large BookThe title is 100 Questions and Answers About Veterans, but the “book” really is a nationwide multimedia effort packaged in book form. Read our first story about the project—and see some videos included in the book.


th Diamond rings on sacred text Wikimedia Commons by Jennifer DickertOUR VALUES—Or … are we losing our moral bearings? New Gallup research shows how far “we” have moved to the “left” in recent years. This week in the OurValues series, sociologist Wayne Baker explores how far we’ve moved—and asks readers to talk with friends about why we are seeing so much change.


th Interfaith Peacemakers Roger Williams Haym Salomon and John LelandINTERFAITH PEACEMAKERS—International peacemaker Daniel Buttry looks at three heroes who shaped our values at the birth of the American experiment.


th Fourth of July fireworks by Tom Webster of Portland via Wikimedia CommonsDON’T MISS ONE! Tell friends about


th Movie still from Love and Mercy1,200 is a treasure trove of faith-and-film reviews by Edward McNulty.

FAITH GOES POP—The creative mind of columnist Ken Chitwood serves up a mixed bag of religion sightings.


“STORIES that shape your life” is a core theme at ReadTheSpirit. We’re inviting you to take part!


Good media builds healthy communities …

th Rodney Curtis reaches a five year markCELEBRATE WITH RODNEY! Since his life-threatening diagnosis of cancer, author, humorist and photographer Rodney Curtis has inspired countless men and women nationwide by poking fun at the dreaded foe: cancer. Please, check out his memoir. Today, in a new column, he celebrates a five-year milestone!

BOB ALPER—The author of Life Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This continues to criss-cross the nation. Any chance you’ll be near Cape Cod later this month? He’s performing later this month at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater.

a bunch of turnipsFEED THE SPIRIT—Adventurous food writer Bobbie Lewis guides us, each week, in appreciating our diverse cultures through the flavors and stories she shares with us. This week, Bobbie embarks on a global quest to understand the culture of—turnips! If you’ve been away over the holiday, you’ll enjoy the previous guest column by marketing pro Nancy Schwartz who shares some savvy lessons from the remarkable life of Aunt Frances—plus a recipe for her braised cabbage and onions.


th The Reformation Project Atlanta 2015DR. DAVID GUSHEE—The author of Changing Our Mind will play a key role at the Atlanta Reformation Project Conference June 11-13 with Matthew Vines. The conference is a national gathering of Christians working toward inclusion with LGBT men and women. For more details, including ticket information, click here or on the Reformation image.

‘END THE SUFFERING’—The new video by Ken Wilson and the Third Way Newsletter team—called “End the Suffering“—is reaching viewers across the country. If you care about LGBT inclusion in churches—please watch this video, too, and share it with friends. The is part of the changing Christian landscape that is welcoming diverse men and women. And, fans of Parker Palmer should check out this news item about Palmer’s own call for a Third Way in America.


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