Cover Story: Of division—and surprising unity!

MUCH DIVIDES US …
… MORE UNITES US

United-America-update-book-120x180COVER STORY—Ever since Dr. Wayne Baker published United America, detailing 10 core values shared by Americans, we need to keep reminding ourselves what his research shows us: Unity is possible! In 2016, voices of division are louder than ever—and tragic incidents of violence break out every day.

This week, we ask readers to consider two very personal columns. Both of these stories are asking: Can we talk about our divisions? And, where are signs of unity emerging around us every day?

Bullet holes (2)First, author and columnist Rodney Curtis writes about the unending cycle of gun violence in America. Dangerous conflicts are real; but solutions seem elusive. Rodney simply shares from his heart about his family’s brushes with gun violence—and calls all of us to renewed discussion about solutions. However you feel about guns and regulation of gun ownership, read Rodney’s call to a fresh discussion. Whatever your point of view, conversation is possible.

Julia and Erik Baker wedding in Georgia (1)Second, Editor David Crumm writes about the inspiration of a wedding that involved several of the staff members at our publishing house. Ironically, the wedding took place in tiny, historic Senoia, Georgia—the home of the AMC hit series Walking Dead. This personal column reminds us that, in the midst of anxiety, anger and violence, we need to celebrate the inspiring signs of unity unfolding all around us.

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GODSIGNS—When the “Woman of 1,000 Voices” died, her family focused on the memories they would carry of this amazing “grandma” who had such a vibrant career as a performer. How would this woman be remembered? Through stories, of course. Then, her granddaughter happened to examine a drawing hanging on a wall and … that’s the GodSign in this week’s column from Suzy Farbman.

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HOLIDAYS & MILESTONES

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

Ruth-gleaning (1)ANCIENT HARVEST FESTIVAL—Jewish communities around the world mark Shavuot, an ancient tradition marking a grain harvest in Israel. More importantly, Shavuot marks the occasion where a wandering tribe became a nation governed by God’s commandments. FeedTheSpirit columnist Bobbie Lewis writes about the holiday—and includes a recipe for broccoli-cheese salad.

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Juneteenth celebrants singing (1)JUNETEENTH—Now, the holiday marking the end of slavery in the U.S. is officially known as Juneteenth Independence Day. The holiday began in Texas, where U.S. military finally enforced the Emancipation Proclamation months after the end of the war. Today, the holiday has spread nationwide.

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Fathers Day photo of father and son with cars (1)PLAN NOW FOR FATHER’S DAY! Read Stephanie Fenton’s column on the holiday and you’ll find the roots of this century-old observance began in church—following the model of Mother’s Day, which also began in church. 

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FILM, FAITH & CULTURE

LOVE MOVIES? Enjoy all of the free resources from Ed McNulty’s faith-and-film website: www.VisualParables.org 
Among Ed’s recent free reviews are …

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