Cover Story: Can we see the forest for our trees?

GET ‘GROUNDED’—It’s time to come together

West side of the Isle of Iona in northest Scotland (2)COVER STORY—This summer, David Crumm and Debbie Houghton have been leading readers on a pilgrimage through Diana Butler Bass’s inspiring new book, Grounded. This week—at the close of two historic and tumultuous political conventions in America—we explore the ancient spiritual call to “come together.” David Crumm writes about Neighbors and Commons, including a glimpse of the green grazing land on the Isle of Iona off the coast of Scotland.  Please, we invite you to read our Cover Story: Can We See the Forest for Our Trees?

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A TRULY GROUNDED ARTIST

My Horsie GOOD Horsie 30x40 9 24 11 (1)SUZY FARBMAN WRITES—In her GodSigns column, this week, Suzy Farbman explores the unusual world of painter Margie Guyot, who left behind a life as a rock musician and a laborer in an auto factory to create her own colorful world: Possom Hollow. From that remote studio in the Midwest, she creates paintings—and a robust appreciation of life’s many joys.

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FEED THE SPIRIT

homemade cheese (1)ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES!In keeping with our “grounded” theme this week, FeedTheSpirit’s Bobbi Lewis brings us a guest column by one of the most popular food writers ever to appear in ReadTheSpirit: Rabbi “Eli” Finkelman. Many of our readers have praised Eli’s earlier columns on topics, including pickles. This time, Eli writes about making quick cheeses at home. That’s right: quick cheeses. Enjoy!

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HOLIDAYS & MILESTONES

Don’t miss a date! Remember www.InterfaithHolidays.org, our master calendar.

Wheat-in-field-Lammas (1)LAMMAS / LUGHNASADH— In the withering heat of July across most of the U.S., it may seem surprising to look at the ancient harvest festivals coming on August 1. An ancient festival of the wheat harvest, Lammas—or Lughnasadh—has long been called “the feast of first fruits.”

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HIROSHIMA DAY—On August 6, many people around the world recall the bombing of Hiroshima. To help us mark the occasion, faith-and-film critic Ed McNulty reminds us of a solid 1995 film about that milestone..

 

th Jeremiah on Michelangelo Sistine Chapel ceilingTISHA B’AV—Coming in mid August, Jews around the world will fast for one day in recollection of the loss of temples in Jerusalem many centuries ago. The book of Lamentations is read in the synagogue. Read Stephanie Fenton’s column, which includes an excerpt from Debra Darvick’s, This Jewish Life.

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FILM, FAITH & CULTURE

The-Infiltrator-Bryan-Cranston-and-John-Leguizamo (3)Enjoy all of the free resources from Ed McNulty’s faith-and-film website: VisualParables.org

Among Ed’s latest free movie reviews are:

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