COVER STORY—A community-wide ‘Fence of Friends’
- KIDS CREATE A ‘FENCE’—As Editor of ReadTheSpirit David Crumm reports on Miller Elementary School where a school-wide project has hundreds of children committing themselves to forming a “Fence of Friends.” That’s just one of the activities in www.BullyingIsNoLaughingMatter.com.
- THERE’S MORE! Each week, we provide a new activity guide. In addition to Dennis the Menace, we’ve also published guides to Blondie, Broom Hilda, Pickles, For Better or For Worse, Rip Haywire, Luann, Jump Start, Stone Soup and It’s Magick.
- WHAT CAN KIDS DO? Plenty! This 5-part series of short OurValues columns will help you spark discussion with your friends about the potential of our next generation.
- FAITH FOWLER REVIVING DETROIT—Recently, we celebrated the launch of a new publishing house in the City of Detroit and it’s first book, This Far by Faith, an inspiring collection of stories by Cass Community Industries founder Faith Fowler. Across the state of Michigan this week, radio listeners are enjoying this 15-minute interview with Faith Fowler. A half dozen radio stations aired this interview, including the powerful WJR 760 AM.
- JUST DISCOVERING FAITH? You’ll enjoy our story about the big book launch at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall.
- A CHILD SHALL LEAD US—Do you know the story of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai?
- PEACEMAKERS & U.S.-MEXICO BORDER—Intrepid global peacemaker Daniel Buttry ventures down to the border for this look at making peace along this complex divide.
- PLIGHT OF DEPORTED VETERANS—Did you know there are U.S. veterans who have been deported to Mexico?
- ABE LINCOLN A MEXICAN HERO? It’s true and Daniel Buttry explains why that’s so.
- CELEBRATING CHAVEZ—No collection of stories about U.S.-Mexican peacemaking is complete without a look at this visionary hero.
HOLIDAYS, FESTIVALS AND FOOD
- CELEBRATING DIWALI! Stephanie Fenton reports on this huge festival that lights up the night sky in India and in Indian communities worldwide.
- TASTE OF DIWALI—FeedTheSpirit columnist Bobbie Lewis tells more about the festival—and adds a delicious recipe!
- SIKHS CELEBRATE A FINAL GURU—Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton reports on the unique Sikh holiday celebrating the installation of scripture as the final guru.
- JAIN NEW YEAR—For Jains, this is an auspicious start of a new year.
- ALL THE HOLIDAYS—Remember www.InterfaithHolidays.com for our master calendar of holidays, festivals and milestones.
EBOLA: WHAT VALUES SHAPE OUR RESPONSE?
- OUR VALUES: Is Ebola a topic of daily conversation for you? The Ebola scare is dominating Americans’ attention and the government is announcing measures to deal with the threat. In a five-part series, sociologist Dr. Wayne Baker reports on the values shaping Americans’ responses to the crisis.
- PART 1—How much are you talking about ebola now?
- PART 2—Changing you travel plans?
- PART 3—Does hysteria make sense? How does this threat compare with others?
- PART 4—Are Americans losing their confidence in the government to control ebola?
- PART 5—Should profit-seeking drive research into Ebola medicines?
FILM, FAITH and FUN
- ‘GO SEE ‘PRIDE’!’—That’s what UK-traveler Rodney Curtis says about this inspiring, real-life movie about a small town in Wales.
- LOVE A GOOD LOVE STORY? Godsigns columnist Suzy Farbman tells a real-life story about an Oscar-winning filmmaker who learned to appreciate the unlikely twists and turns of love.
- VISUAL PARABLES—Explore all of faith-and-film writer Edward McNulty’s 1,000-plus movie reviews and his Visual Parables magazine.
- ‘THE JUDGE’—Faith-and-film reviewer Ed McNulty recommends this suspenseful courtroom drama. (4 out of 5 stars)
- ‘INTO THE STORM’—You can skip this one, Ed says. (only 2.5 stars)
- ‘MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN’—Ed says you’ll be fascinated by this unusual film about adults and kids who are more connected with digital devices than with other humans. (4.5 out of 5 stars)
- ‘DOLPHIN TALE 2’—Ed calls this “a good family film” and give the movie 4 stars.
- ‘KILL THE MESSENGER’—A haunting film, based on real-life news events. 4 stars.
- ‘GONE GIRL’—Also recommended by Ed. Again, 4 stars.
- ‘THE SKELETON TWINS’—This tale of twins grappling with suicide is dark, troubling and flawed. 3.5 stars.
- BIRD ON FIRE—Jane Wells’ columns in Bird on Fire draw connections between the popular Hunger Games novels and movies—and real-life efforts to combat hunger, homelessness and modern slavery. Today, she is opening a Facebook group and inviting readers to join, then share their own ideas and efforts.