Cover Story: Rabbi Bob Alper wins ‘Honorary Comedic Consultant’ to Pope Francis

4,000 comics tried—Alper’s ‘original’ humor wins

Rabbi Bob Alper and Pope FrancisCOVER STORY: We’re all celebrating the international honor bestowed on Rabbi Bob Alper, author and full-time standup comic, whose 11-second joke beat out 4,000 comedians from around the world to win the title: Honorary Comedic Advisor to the Pope. No kidding! It’s true. Our latest story tells: Why did the rabbi cross the finish line? And, we reveal other news, including the joke itself.

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INTERFAITH PEACEMAKERS

Daniel_Buttry_explains_the_story_behind__We_Are_the_Socks__-_ExploreGOT ‘SOCKS’? After years of circling the globe to foster peace in some of the world’s most dangerous conflicts, Daniel Buttry publishes a book packed with dozens of the most inspirational stories from his long career. Here’s the story about Dan’s adventure in writing this new book. And, in this accompanying short video, you can hear Dan himself tell you the surprising story behind the new book’s titleWe Are the Socks.

Interfaith Peacemakers Roger Williams Haym Salomon John LelandHEROES OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM—Daniel Buttry turns to the U.S. in his series of inspiring profiles: InterfaithPeacemakersHe writes: “Political campaigns already are underway, polarizing many communities. And already there has been much discussion about religion. … This week, we feature three interfaith heroes who laid the foundations for religious liberty in our country. It would behoove us to keep these heroes in mind during our political campaigns!” You’re also free to share these profiles of Roger Williams, Haym Salomon, and John Leland to help spark discussion.

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HOLIDAYS,
FESTIVALS & FOOD

ALL THE HOLIDAYS—You’ll find all of our holiday coverage at the easy URL: www.InterfaithHolidays.com … including this overview of autumn holidays, festivals and special themes.

Men-and-women-look-over-pumpkins-at-an-open-market-in-Ottawa-by-Lars-Plougmann-from-United-Kingdom (2)CANADIAN THANKSGIVING—Our friends to the North hold their Thanksgiving celebration a month earlier than American families. Stephanie Fenton has the story—and links to 10 Canadian tips from the CBC for making Thanksgiving dinner easier this year. (If you’re American, read ’em now and you’ve got more than a month to prepare.)

COLUMBUS DAY—As we report, “few holidays expose the friction in U.S. history as much as Columbus Day.” Our story covers the beloved Italian-American festival as well as the growing interest in an Indigenous People’s Day. (Both observances are Monday October 12 this year, but check local calendars as some communities are celebrating on Sunday October 11.)

grapevine-with-swing-1024x768 copyROLL YOUR OWN! One way to enjoy the complex flavors of the autumn harvest is blending and rolling in grape leaves, one of the world’s ancient food preparations. This week, FeedTheSpirit columnist Bobbie Lewis writes about her own experiments with grape leaves—and she provides a delicious recipe to get you started.

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FAITH and FILM

Visual Parables Journal Malala Pawn Sacrifice and other movie reviews1,200 MOVIESwww.VisualParables.org is a treasure trove of free movie reviews by veteran faith-and-film expert Edward McNulty. This week, Ed adds his October issue of Visual Parables Journal, the only part of his work that he sells by subscription. The journal is packed with complete study guides to help small groups spark faith-and-film discussions. The new issue includes all you need for lively conversations about 17 films including: He Named Me Malala, Bridge of Spies, Time Out of Mind, Pawn Sacrifice, Stonewall and The Visit.

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‘What’s for dinner, America?’

Ballard_Farmers'_Market_-_vegetablesAMERICAN FOODWAYS—Sociologist Dr. Wayne Baker serves up a series about American food customs—what we love to eat and what we avoid—in other words, our foodways.

 

DOING GOOD
IN THE WORLD

One of our guiding principles: Good media builds good community. What does that mean? Enjoy these stories …

Ernie by FinlaysonSUZY FARBMAN—Every week, GodSigns columnist Suzy Farbman brings us an inspiring story about men and women committed to improving their lives, their communities and our world. This week, she visits with artist and photographer Ernestine Rubens—and shares a video preview of Rubens’ multi-media work exploring the remnants of the World War II Willow Run factory that once supplied the bombers that won the war.

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