Cover Story: Get ‘Grounded’ this summer!

AN INVITATION TO GET ‘GROUNDED’

Diana Butler Bass GroundedREAD ALONG WITH US—Here at ReadTheSpirit, we are thrilled to welcome Christian educator Debbie Houghton to a collaborative, five-week series that will help readers reflect on Diana Butler Bass’s new book Grounded: Finding God in the World. Consider this a free, public study guide. Think of it as a summer-time, inspirational pilgrimage with friends. Come on, read Part 1 right now—and don’t miss the invitation to get involved yourself.

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VISIONARIES WHO REDEFINED HOME

Art House DVD by First Run Features (2)‘ART HOUSE’—Diana Butler Bass isn’t the first American to think about the need to “ground” ourselves spiritually. This quest goes back centuries. This summer, filmmaker Don Freeman has released on DVD an amazing video meditation on 11 American designers (some were known as artists, some as architects) who turned their homes into visions of their connection with their place on the Earth. Read our review—and you may find landmarks you want to visit this year coast to coast.

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SHARE YOUR HOUSE OF WORSHIP

Wikimedia Commons photo sharing tutorialGET INVOLVED—Show the world your house of worship—the home base of your religious community. Wikimedia Commons, the worldwide database of shared photographs, hopes to document as many notable religious sites as possible. And that includes houses of worship—wherever you life around the world. It’s not difficult to get involved, but it does take a little orientation. Today, read our introduction to sharing photos on Wikimedia Commons. Think of it as part of grounding yourself and your spiritual community by sharing an image.

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A FLUXUS VISONARY

Hendricks blue bag collected by Gil Silverman and given to MOMA (1)GOD SIGNSColumnist Suzy Farbman remembers the life of her friend and art collector Gilbert Silverman, who—among many other connections with the art world—helped to amass a collection of artworks in the emerging Fluxus movement. What is that? Well, one piece in the MOMA collection is a crumpled blue paper bag.

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HOLIDAYS & MILESTONES

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

Obon-dancers (1)OBON CIRCLES THE GLOBEHolidays columnist Stephanie Fenton explains how an ancient Buddhist story evolved and moved across Asia until it has become, today, a quintessentially Japanese summer-time festival. Observances now can be found around the world and in both Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Traditions include a dance that echoes ancient Buddhist practice and lots of other treats borrowed from Japanese culture.

 

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FILM, FAITH & CULTURE

Visual Parables July 2016 issue (1)Enjoy all of the free resources from Ed McNulty’s faith-and-film website: VisualParables.orgPlease consider subscribing to The Visual Parables Journal, a monthly digital magazine packed with full-scale study guides to current films—a resource used by individuals and small groups nationwide. The new July issue is now available.

Among Ed’s latest free movie reviews are:

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