Cover Story: Here’s Help for a Hopeful 2020—and an Invitation to Join this Adventure

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE HOPEFUL QUOTE?

COVER STORY—To kick off 2020, Martin Davis and David Crumm collaborated on a spiritual adventure that wound its way through our lives—and literature, as well. Together, from Washington D.C. and Michigan, Martin and David traded favorite quotes that trigger fond memories, great expectations and reminders about navigating this turbulent world. We had fun! We hope you’ll have fun following our adventure. Please, read this week’s Cover Story; then, please share it with friends; and, finally, send us your favorite quotes and we will plan another column embracing your suggestions.

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What’s More Important than Family?

GodSigns—Over the years, Suzy Farbman has introduced us to men and women who are making the world a little better each day. Running through their lives are what Suzy calls “GodSigns,” spiritual connections that remind us all of our better selves. Suzy is inviting all of us to start 2020 with the inspirational story of Michelle Brault. It’s quite a yarn and will stretch over three parts this month. Please, enjoy Part 1 and share this story with friends.

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Holidays & Festivals 2020

OUR NEW 2020 INTERFAITH CALENDAR debuts today, thanks to Holidays & Festivals columnist Stephanie Fenton. Please, take a quick look at these listings, which give you a spiritual shape of our New Year from many perspectives around the world. If you spot any we missed—or any mistakes—please let us know at readthespiri[email protected]

THINK CHRISTMAS IS OVER? Think again! Christian traditions have branched into a complex array of calendars and customs. As this week begins, millions of Christians are marking Epiphany, and Stephanie has the story for us—plus, some Orthodox churches won’t mark Nativity (their term for Christmas) until January 7. If you haven’t taken down your Christmas tree and decorations already, you can make an excellent case for keeping them up another week! If anyone asks, just say, “I’m celebrating an ecumenical Christmas this year.”

IT’S TIME TO … LEARN MORE ABOUT POLICEThursday, January 9, is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D), a good opportunity to take a moment and learn more about the police serve our communities everyday. We’ve got a great way to do that with a copy of 100 Questions and Answers about Police Officers.

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Care to see all the holidays? It’s easy to find our annual calendar of global observances—just remember the address InterfaithHolidays.com

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Click this image from Little Women to read Ed McNulty’s review.

Faith & Film

ED McNULTY, for decades, has published reviews, magazine articles and books exploring connections between faith and film. Most of his work is freely published. Ed supports his work by selling the Visual Parables Journal, a monthly magazine packed with discussion guides to films. This resource is used coast-to-coast by individuals who love the movies and by educators, clergy and small-group leaders.

Among Ed’s free reviews and columns are:

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