Cover Story: Movies and motives

MOVIES TRULY MOVE US …

Spotlight movie stillINSPIRED BY FILM? In the wake of the Oscars, the world is abuzz about movies this week—especially Spotlight, which won the Best Movie award and was a huge boost to veteran journalists around the world. Perhaps you’re discussing movies you’d like to see right away via disc or streaming. So, this week, our Cover Story is a series of helpful columns about aspects of film that you might not discover without our help.

‘SPOTLIGHT’ ON OUR ROLES—Keeping kids safe everywhere, and especially in our houses of worship, is a goal we all share. ReadTheSpirit Editor David Crumm writes about next steps you can take after watching SpotlightIf you’re just discovering this thought-provoking movie, you’ll also want to read faith-and-film writer Edward McNulty’s in-depth movie review.

RODNEY’S BEST—You’re probably thrilled—or frustrated—by some of the Oscar awards this year. Well, you’re not alone. Each year, author Rodney Curtis brings us his own list of Best Films.

FILM, FAITH
& POPULAR CULTURE

ENJOY DISCUSSING MOVIES? Get a copy of faith-and-film writer Edward McNulty’s new book Jesus Christ, Movie Starit’s full of thought-provoking reading and questionsAND—enjoy all of the free resources from Ed’s website: www.VisualParables.org

 

Creative Connection

Opening page of PictureAConversation.comPICTURE A CONVERSATION—Two of our authors, Suzy Farbman and Debra Darvick, collaborated on this week’s first creative story—all about a quest by Debra and her photographer husband Martin to kick-start grassroots conversations nationwide. This story is sure to get you thinking about fresh ways to start talking with friends.

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th International Association of Religion Journalists Twitter feedGET NEWS FROM THE WHOLE WORLD—Two veteran journalists in Europe are trying to change the way we all “see” religion news around the world. In fact, ReadTheSpirit is actively helping them in this quest. Their first new project is a Twitter feed that will let you glimpse religion and cross-cultural stories that you would never see without their help. Here’s the story—and you can help them get this project rolling.

 

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HOLIDAYS, FESTIVALS AND FOOD

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

LENT

Last_Supper_by_Theophanes_the_CretanEAST AND WEST—AND LENT—The majority of the world’s 2 billion  Christians follow the Western liturgical calendar; they already have started the Lenten season that leads toward Easter. Stephanie Fenton has that story in our Holidays column. Then, in March, the calendar followed by most Eastern Orthodox Christians also will reach what is known as Great Lent. During this traditional season of reflection, we also recommend Our Lent: Things We Carry, an inspirational book by ReadTheSpirit Editor David Crumm.

 

HOLIDAY of the DOLLS

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HINAMATSURI—The first scents of cherry blossom are in the air as Japanese families gather to celebrate the centuries-old festival of Hinamatsuri, the Japanese Doll Festival (or Girls’ Day).

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FROM INDIA

Vadakkumnathan-Temple-Shiva (3)MAHA SHIVARATRI—Hindus chant, worship and fast for Lord Shiva before heading into a nighttime vigil of devotion for the auspicious Hindu holiday of Maha Shivaratri. Dates may vary on this festival. Stephanie Fenton has the story.

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TASTE OF GREEK-JEWISH CULTURE

Fasolada Jewish Greek bean soupFEED THE SPIRIT—Columnist Bobbie Lewis tells the fascinating, tragic and enduring story of Greece’s Jewish community. She also shares an easy-to-prepare and very tasty bean soup recipe from this ancient corner of the world.

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