Cover Story: Celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY

Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach the Elder

EXPLORING THE REFORMATION—Many of our readers are community leaders, teachers, writers and parents who want to accurately understand the influence of religion in today’s world—including holidays and milestones. There’s no bigger anniversary in our lifetime than the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. A year-long commemoration of that revolution begins on October 31, 2016. Editor David Crumm collaborates with Berlin-based correspondent Maria-Paz Lopez this week in a Cover Story about six important tips for accurately exploring this milestone in world history. For example: Did you know that 2016-17 is the first time in history that Europe’s Catholic and Protestant leaders have planned such a major anniversary together? That’s a startling development in interfaith relations.

Want a movie with that? Faith-and-film reviewer Ed McNulty reminds us that the 2003 film about Luther is quite good. (4.5 out of 5 stars)

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HOLIDAYS and FESTIVALS

Check out all the holidays! Tell friends about the simply Web address: www.InterfaithHolidays.com

DIWALI

thumbnail of Diwali LightsFESTIVAL OF LIGHTS—Across India and in Indian communities around the world, families are preparing for the festival of lights known as Diwali. Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton gives us an overview of the holiday.

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Halloween-pumpkins (1)HALLOWEEN
(AND MORE)

SAMHAIN / DIA DE LOS MUERTOS—Yes, these festivals have ancient roots. But the modern expressions show how much traditional ideas can be transformed by popular culture. Holidays specialist Stephanie Fenton sorts the facts from the phantasms in these super-popular festivals.

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pacer-bullying-prevention-month-orange-t-shirt-2BULLYING
PREVENTION
MONTH

SHARE THE NEWS—Our column on Bullying Prevention Month is a one-stop web page for quickly gathering the information you’ll need to get friends involved in combatting bigotry and predatory behavior.

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SCAPEGOATING?

sun-over-mountains-1THIRD WAY—The Third Way Newsletter brings us fascinating reflections from Christian writers who are committed to overcoming destructive religious differences. This week, Caroline Kittle recalls the pioneering work on the problem of skapegoating by the late French historian and philosopher Rene Girard.

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REMEMBERING CHURCHILL

hero-of-the-empire-book-cover-thumbnail-1SILENCE LED TO CLARITY—Suzy Farbman brings us weekly columns guaranteed to inspire and surprise. This week, she reaches back to the early life of Winston Churchill for a story about his daring escape from a prisoner of war camp.

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FILM, FAITH
& POPULAR CULTURE

ED McNULTY—Enjoy all of the free resources from Ed McNulty’s faith-and-film website: VisualParables.org.

a-man-called-ove-movie-still-3Among Ed’s latest movie reviews are:

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