Cover Story: Doing good in the world at Christmas (and always)

MANY WAYS TO DO GOOD IN THE WORLD

One of our guiding principles: Good media builds good community. How can you help? Here’s how …

GIVE ‘HOPE FOR THE CITY’ …

Jack Kresnak Hope for the City in the Free Press 2015A STAND-UP-AND-CHEER BOOKThe Detroit Free Press was so impressed with Jack Kresnak’s brand-new biography of Father William Cunningham, called Hope for the City, that then newspaper devoted a huge three-page spread to excerpting the book! That’s high praise indeed! Learn more about the book and how to order a copy for yourself—and someone you love.

 

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Amazon_com__Michigan_State_School_of_Journalism__Books__Biography__Blog__Audiobooks__KindleCOMBAT BIGOTRY

HELP MSU BIAS BUSTERS—The Bias Busters program at the Michigan State University School of Journalism is courageously stepping into the nationwide wave of anti-Muslim bigotry by reducing the price of their guidebook on understanding Muslim-Americans to 99 cents. Leading figures in journalism are praising this move. Please join them in spreading the news! Learn about this effort, spearheaded by MSU’s Joe Grimm and his students.

 

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SUSAN’S HOLIDAY TIPS

ReadTheSpirit book coversEXPERT SHOPPING HELP—Susan Stitt runs Morgan Street Media Services in Georgia, near Atlanta, and also consults with us on our own book marketing. This year, we turned to Susan and asked her to jot down her own holiday shopping list from our bookstore. Learn what Susan thinks you should be wrapping up right now.

 

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CELEBRATE A LIFE OF PEACE

In Memoriam Bishop Jesse DeWitt 1918 to 2015REMEMBERING BISHOP DEWITT—In such a troubling time, when global religious conflict seems to be rising, it’s appropriate to remember the life of a bishop who devoted himself to peacefully bringing people together. Hundreds gathered in Ann Arbor this weekend to remember the century-spanning life of United Methodist Bishop Jesse DeWitt.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS
and YULE GREETINGS, TOO

DON’T MISS A HOLIDAY! Just remember this simple Web address www.InterfaithHolidays.com to find all of the upcoming holidays, festivals and anniversaries..

Las Posadas procession photo via Wikiimedia Commons (1)CHRISTMAS IS COMING—The Western Christian Advent season began November 29 this year. Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton reports on Advent traditions. And new this week: Many Latino communities in the U.S. and Mexico start the 9-day custom known as La Posadas.

IN THE EAST—Stephanie also writes about the Eastern Orthodox Nativity Fast, which began November 15 with occasional days of exception and culminates on December 24.

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 Fireplace-lit-logsCELEBRATING YULETIDE? Stephanie Fenton writes: “Whether a Yule log is placed on the fire or eaten as a buche de noel, the longest night of the year is the perfect time to get warm by the fireplace and revel in the joy of the season.” Check out her story about this centuries-old observance.

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FEED THE SPIRIT

FOOD__Transforming_the_American_Table_1950–2000___National_Museum_of_American_HistoryHOLIDAY FOODSFeedTheSpirit columnist Bobbie Lewis stops by the Smithsonian Institution’s fascinating exhibit exploring American foodways. Bobbie shares highlights, including a salute to Julia Child, and shares an all-American recipe for a rich, cheesy corn casserole. It’s perfect for holiday meals, especially if you’ve got vegetarians at the table.

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FILM, FAITH
& POPULAR CULTURE

Cover Edward McNulty Jesus Christ Movie Star (1)CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR MOVIE FANS—Only one figure challenges the century-old records of Sherlock Holmes and Santa Claus as Hollywood superstars. Who is that? Veteran-faith-and-film writer Edward McNulty’s brand new book answers that question in its title: “Jesus Christ, Movie Star.” This book is as timely as front-page news—and lots of fun as well—says our story about the book. Religion scholar Ken Chitwood, the author of FaithGoesPop columns, contributed to this new book and says in a new column that he’s “overwhelmingly excited” about its publication.

 

HOLIDAY MOVIES—Looking for great choices? First, www.VisualParables.org is a treasure trove of free movie reviews by Edward McNulty. Also, check out the current issue of his Visual Parables Journal.

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GOD-SIGNS

Conkie SesslerA LEGACY OF GRATEFULNESS—In this week’s new column from GodSigns author Suzy Farbman, we meet Conkie Sessler. Half a century ago, she was a little girl scared to learn that her heart had serious flaws. Suzy tells the inspiring story of what happened and the gratefulness Conkie has felt all her life.

Peacemakers …

 

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