Dr. Gushee says we should be ‘Changing Our Mind’
- AUTHOR INTERVIEW—You’ve probably read his name in recent headline news. A leading evangelical scholar, Dr. David P. Gushee. is reversing himself and is calling for inclusion of LGBT men and women as “a Christian justice issue.” Read our interview in which Dr. Gushee explains how his own mind and heart have changed—and why others should consider changing with him.
- FROM KEN WILSON—A pioneer in this movement, evangelical author Ken Wilson, writes: “Why David P. Gushee represents hope for the Church“
- LEARN ABOUT THE BOOK—You can find out more about Changing Our Mind and order a copy from online retailers by visiting our Bookstore.
- NEW SERIES THIS WEEK—The right to make and break relationships is a defining characteristic of our society, but our choices reflect our values. What happens to relationships when values change? Join Dr. Wayne Baker this week as we explore changing values and relationships.
- PART 1—What happens when religious values clash?
- PART 2—Who needs marriage, anyway?
- PART 3—Never been married? Join the ever-growing club.
- PART 4—Gridlock or Green Light in Washington DC relationships?
- PART 5—Which Americans feel the closest relationship to the GOP—and shellacked the Democrats?
BULLYING IS NO LAUGHING MATTER
- GREEN LAMA—This week, our team at the Bullying Is No Laughing Matter website is unveiling an activity guide for parents and teachers to use with kids—featuring the 1940s super hero, The Green Lama. He’s one of the most unusual heroes in our big comic book packed with 36 comic characters, because the Green Lama supposedly is a practicing Buddhist. This hero was born in New York, then studied Buddhism extensively in Tibet.
- MANY ACTIVITY GUIDES—The Green Lama is only the latest of many activity guides to help parents and teachers discuss bullying with kids. We’ve posted many!
- SCHOOLS TAKE PART—Here’s a report on how one elementary school used these comics.
- MUSLIM HEROES—Author and international peace trainer Daniel Buttry continues his series on Muslim peacemakers this week. Click this link or the image to read the three new profiles.
- EARLIER—DERVIS KORKUT—A Muslim scholar in Sarajevo defended Jews in World War II and protected a priceless Haggadah.
- ALBANIAN MUSLIMS—Do you know why Albanian Muslims are listed among “The Righteous” at Yad Vashem?
- SI KADDOUR BEN GHABRIT—He bravely stood his ground against Nazis in Paris.
- SEE ALL THE HOLIDAYS—Columnist Stephanie Fenton has extensively updated our master calendar looking ahead to major holidays in 2015. That full calendar has its own simple URL: www.InterfaithHolidays.com
- ASHURA—This week begins with the global Muslim Day of Ashura, which is most intensely observed among Shia Muslims and also is marked by fasting and prayers by Sunnis. Stephanie Fenton has the story.
- KRISTALLNACHT—This week marks the 76th anniversary of the Night of Broken Glass, when the world learned of Nazi intentions toward Jews in Europe.
- TAKE ACTION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION—Author and columnist Suzy Farbman writes about a new play opening in New York on the life of famous Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. The team behind the play will be commemorating Kristallnacht later this week.
- VETERANS DAY—Tuesday November 11 this year. Stephanie Fenton’s colunn is packed with interesting historical facts and links to online resources for teachers, faith groups and more.
FAITH GOES POP!
- A FUN INVITATION—Here’s a creative invitation from our new columnist, religion scholar and journalist Ken Chitwood, host of our Faith Goes Pop department. Ken wants all of us to look for connections between faith and popular culture and use the hashtag #FaithGoesPop. Our interview with Ken more fully explains this idea.
- #FAITHGOESPOP—And, the idea is working! Visit the Twitter feed for this hashtag and you’ll find people posting creative items. Come on along and post your own!
- NEW FROM KEN—Ken is a fountain of intriguing journalism. He wrote about unusual Reformation Day Memes and also Dead Pop & Sugar Skull Chic. If you don’t know what those phrases mean—read Ken! His columns are educational and fun.
FILM, FAITH, FOOD and MORE
- A NEW VISUAL PARABLES JOURNAL—Popular faith-and-film author Edward McNulty freely provides more than 1,000 film reviews through our website. To support his work, he sells one thing: the long-running Visual Parables Journal. Each month, Ed publishes a new issue packed with complete movie discussion guides for your small group. The November issue debuts today. Especially if you regularly enjoy Ed’s free movie reviews, please consider supporting his work by ordering an annual subscription to the full Journal. (It makes a great holiday gift!)
- NEW THIS WEEK—As he does every week, Ed has a fresh crop of free reviews: The Book of Life (4 out of 5 stars), Dear White People (4 stars), and St. Vincent (4 stars).
- ‘HUNGER GAMES’ FANS! Jane Wells is the author of Bird on Fire, a Bible-study book based on the Hunger Games novels and movies. In her weekly column, Jane is sharing the just-released movie trailer for the upcoming film.
- CALLING ALL COFFEE LOVERS! Has FeedTheSpirit columnist Bobbie Lewis got a treat for you! Yes, it’s a column about good coffee, but it’s also a lesson in hospitality and community-building for congregations. Oh, and there’s a great biscotti recipe, too! How can you resist?
- TEA TIME? If you’re a regular fan of Bobbie’s work, then you already know: She’s on a roll. If you missed last week’s column, it’s titled “Tea time, with scones.” Hmmm, you’re thinking, so Bobbie has written: Coffee, Tea and … (Stay tuned.)