Cover story: Rediscovering pioneering women in American religion

How much do you know about these women?

Ruth Fuller Sasaki book cover (1)COVER STORY—In this season when women’s leadership is emerging as a crucial issue in American life, we invite our readers to remember some pioneering women in our nation’s religious life. First, enjoy this column about the sometimes forgotten women who represent the backbone of American religion. Then, test your knowledge of women in American religion with this 12-question quiz. Please, share this week’s cover story with friends!

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FARM FAMILY TURNS TO A WOMAN

Stephanie Weil with Cow 288 (1)GodSigns—Suzy Farbman’s column this week tells the story of Michigan dairy farmer Stephanie Weil, who is emerging as the third generation of her family to run the family farm. It took Stephanie years to remember her true vocation—then she rediscovered it while looking through her earliest writings. (Did you know women make up a third of American farmers?)

TU B’SHEVATAnd, did you know the Jewish agricultural festival that’s also known as “The New Year of the Trees” is coming soon? Stephanie Fenton has the story.

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IFLC Resiliency Project Commitment StatementTAKE ACTION 

RESILIENCY PLEDGE—One of many grassroots efforts on behalf of diversity emerging nationwide this month comes from the Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit. This nationally known group has crafted a prayerful affirmation of resiliency.

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HOLIDAYS / MILESTONES

CHECK OUT ALL OF 2017’s SPECIAL DAYS—It’s as simple as visiting www.InterfaithHolidays.org where you’ll find all of 2017’s major observances listed. Please, alert us if you spot an occasion we’ve missed.

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th Groundhog-on-groundGROUNDHOG DAY—And it’s much more than that! Stephanie Fenton describes the complex array of traditions on display February 2, this year. There’s Candlemas and honoring of St. Brighid and in the pagan world, it’s Imbolc in the Northern Hemisphere and Lughnassadh in the Southern Hemisphere.

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wpid-0213_thumb_candy_hearts_for_Valentines_Day.jpgPLAN AHEAD! Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. Stephanie Fenton has the story about this very popular holiday and its ancient roots.

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FILM, FAITH
& POPULAR CULTURE

ED McNULTY—Enjoy all of the free resources from Ed McNulty’s faith-and-film website: VisualParables.org. In addition, please consider supporting Ed’s ongoing work by subscribing to his long-running magazine, Visual Parables Journal. Widely used by clergy, teachers and individuals who want to reflect on the spiritual themes in movies, the new January 2017 issue is packed with complete study guides.

Among Ed’s latest free movie reviews are:

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