COVER STORY—Global plea from Scotland’s Wild Goose
THE IONA COMMUNITY inspires peacemakers around the world with the constant stream of new hymns, prayers and inspirational books that flow through its Wild Goose publishing house in Glasgow, Scotland. This week, we celebrate with Wild Goose’s Neil Paynter—and our own beloved author Benjamin Pratt—the publication of We Will SEEK PEACE and Pursue It. Benjamin’s several pages in the new book reflect on the centennial of World War I with prayers that men and women serving in the armed forces today, as well as veterans, may find helpful. The entire list of contributors to this book includes voices from peace groups in the U.S. and abroad.
BACK TO SCHOOL—International peace activist Daniel Buttry invites readers to meet some of the younger generation of peacemakers. “They are taking us all back to school by new ways of organizing and expressing their activism, new ways of protest, new ways of creating community, new ways of expressing hope,” Buttry writes. This week’s trio includes:
- BLACK LIVES MATTER—This new network has emerged in response to tragic deaths nationwide—and already is a household “name” causing Americans to rethink racial justice in the U.S.
- BREE NEWSOME—Brittany Ann Byuarium “Bree” Newsome burst into the national spotlight by scaling a flagpole in South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag.
- DANIEL HUNTER—Peace activist Daniel Hunter uses humor to make his points.
- REMEMBER—The simple Web address www.InterfaithPeacemakers.com takes you to more than 100 inspiring profiles of men and women who have crossed boundaries in pursuit of peace.
RETURN OF DR. WAYNE BAKER! “I am very grateful for all the authors who wrote for OurValues this summer,” University of Michigan sociologist Dr. Baker tells us as he returns to the OurValues project that he created seven years ago. As the school year starts this week, Dr. Baker writes a series exploring new research into “over parenting.”
- Part 1—Are you a Helicopter Parent, Drill Sergeant or Laissez-faire?
- Part 2—What caused it? Consider these 4 factors …
- Part 3—Should you let your child fail?
- Part 4—Does being a Consultant Parent work?
Don’t miss a holiday! Tell friends about www.InterfaithHolidays.com our master calendar of festivals, observances and milestones.
- NATIVITY of MARY—This is one of the oldest holidays in both Western and Eastern branches of Christianity.
- PARYUSHANA—For Jains in India and around the world, this is a time of deep spiritual reflection, intentional forgiveness and spiritual renewal. Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton has the story.
- REMEMBERING KATRINA—Americans are looking back at the 10-year anniversary of the devastating hurricane. By September 7, 2005, crews were working to stop the flooding—but many residents’ lives still were threatened as “holdouts” refused to leave even dangerous corners of the city. On this date, more than 40,000 Army and Air National Guard troops finally were deployed. Stephanie Fenton marks the anniversary with this newsy column. In our 2010 American Journey series, we reported from a Vietnamese-American community in New Orleans that still was rebuilding from Katrina even at that 5-year anniversary.
ROSH HASHANAH 5776—We report on the Jewish New Year, the start of the Jewish High Holidays and, as always, we include lots of intriguing news related to the holidays. You’ll find links to some timely recipes and a fascinating historical column we’ve spotted about a Beatles concert that was heralded in Israel in the 1960s— but never took place. Get ready to wish your Jewish relatives, friends and co-workers: “Shanah Tovah!”
FEED THE SPIRIT
THE BRISKET QUAGMIRE—FeedTheSpirit columnist Bobbie Lewis writes to our readers, this week: “My friends and I are busy planning menus for the Jewish fall holidays, which start with Rosh Hashanah on the evening of September 13 and continue on and off till sundown October 6. Brisket is an all-time holiday favorite.” And why is this a “quagmire”? Well, if you’re asking that question, then you probably haven’t tried to make a perfect brisket. It’s tricky. But Bobbie and guest writer Debbi Eber wade through the thicket of tips and techniques for readers, this week.
and POPULAR CULTURE
1,200 MOVIES—www.VisualParables.org is a treasure trove of movie reviews by veteran faith-and-film expert Edward McNulty.
- NEW VISUAL PARABLES JOURNAL—The monthly Journal is packed with complete study guides, which many subscribers enjoy for their own reflection or small-group discussions. While Ed McNulty freely distributes his weekly reviews, the monthly Journal requires a subscription and supports Ed’s ongoing work. The new issue includes complete guides to movies including Straight Outta Compton, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, Phoenix and Jimmy’s Hall.
- STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON—Lots of R-rated language, but this true story has a powerful message about racism and American culture. (4 out of 5 stars from faith-and-film writer Ed McNulty)
- GIBRAN’S THE PROPHET—Ed says this film is remarkable (5 stars).
- PHOENIX—A powerful Post Holocaust drama (4.5 stars).
- JIMMY’S HALL—Ken Loach’s final film is set in Ireland in the 1930s (4.5 stars).
- AMY—The tragic story of singer Amy Winehouse (5 stars).
FAITH GOES POP
WHERE DO YOU SEE FAITH EMERGING TODAY? That’s the provocative question raised by #FaithGoesPop columnist Ken Chitwood in this five-part OurValues series that you’re free to share with friends to spark a lively discussion. Here is Part 1 in the series—then, there’s an easy index to navigate all the parts.
IN THE WORLD
One of our guiding principles: Good media builds good community. What does that mean? Enjoy these stories …
SUZY FARBMAN & ‘LOVE DOCTOR’—With a reputation as The Love Doctor, Terri Orbuch may arouse your suspicions. But GodSigns author Suzy Farbman explains that Terri conducts scientific research on marriage—and busts some myths often repeated by popular TV and radio marriage counselors. She shares a few of her most helpful tips with Suzy—and with all of us.
KEN WILSON—Ken Wilson and his creative team at the Third Way Newsletter are opening doors at evangelical congregations coast to coast.