Cover Story: ‘Changing Our Mind’ and finding the courage to stand with vulnerable minorities

FINDING HOPE IN DANGEROUS TIMES

DR. DAVID GUSHEE SPEAKS, at length, in this week’s Cover Story about the landmark publication of two books: A third and definitive edition of his Changing Our Mind (which includes a small-group study guide and also Gushee’s pointed response to his critics) as well as an inspiring memoir about his Christian journey away from American evangelicalism.

Need a solid dose of hope and encouragement? You’ll find it in this week’s Cover Story. At one point, Gushee tells us about his response to daily headlines about dangerous confrontations over our nation’s vulnerable minorities: “Each day there is new evidence of this tearing at America’s soul. … What gives me hope is that there also is a very solid constituency in our country for an expansive, inclusive society that happily welcomes diversity of all types: racial, sexual, gender and religious diversity.” And, please, share this week’s Cover Story with friends!

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HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

FATHER’S DAY

DID YOU KNOW? Father’s Day is only 45 years old. Even though the idea was proposed more than a century ago, it wasn’t an official observance until 1972. Stephanie Fenton, our Holidays expert, tells the story behind this popular occasion. She also shares some helpful (and delicious) links to recipes and holiday ideas.

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TRINITY SUNDAYStephanie Fenton also reports on a Christian festival marked around the world that has deep roots in the faith.

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Dates are a customary way to break the fast as night falls, each day during Ramadan. The nights during this fasting month often are marked with family dinners and visits to Muslim centers where the faithful gather to hear recitations of the Quran. ReadTheSpirit has lots of Ramadan resources to enjoy.

RAMADAN

 

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Want more on holidays? Remember the simple address: www.InterfaithHolidays.org.

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SUZY FARBMAN

HIGH ‘STEAKS’ BET—Journalists are always eager to predict American trends, so the Farbmans and famed journalist Charles Eisendrath made a big bet on the U.S. presidential election. The results left the good-natured journalist eating … well, that’s the story, so please click here and read about what happened. (Along the way: You’ll learn more about Eisendrath’s amazing invention that today is considered state-of-the-art grilling.)

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FILM & FAITH:

ED McNULTY’s easy-to-remember online address is at VisualParables.org.

Among Ed’s latest free movie reviews are:

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