Cover Story: ‘There’s a Woman in the Pulpit’

MEET THE REV. MARTHA SPONG & REVGALBLOGPALS

th Theres a Woman in Pulpit cover book edited by Martha SpongCOVER STORY—Half of the Americans entering seminaries today are women. Not all churches ordain women, but clergywomen already are key community leaders nationwide. This week, the Rev. Martha Spong talks with us about the 52 women from 15 denominations who share their real-life stories in There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. This new book is inspiring and sometimes downright funny!

WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP—Raman Singh, a Sikh educator and peace activist, is the new president of one of the country’s most prominent regional interfaith networks. Raman writes this week about her hopes for National Day of Prayer. Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton reports on the push and pull over this annual observance.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

th Mom and baby by Ian DethTHE HOLIDAY—Did you know the holiday began with two devout church women who believed that women could help to build healthier communities? It’s true and Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton has the story.

OUR VALUES

OurValues Is there a Third WayGETTING PAST DEADLOCK—Right vs. Wrong. Good vs. Evil. Millions of Americans are stuck on one side of a dispute—or the other. Deadlocked! Sociologist Dr. Wayne Baker explores another model for community—a “Third Way.”

HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS

th Bonfires mark Lag B'OmerDON’T MISS ONE—Bookmark (and tell friends about) www.InterfaithHolidays.com

FILM, FAITH
AND POPULAR CULTURE

th Avengers Age of Ultron movie still1,200 MOVIESwww.VisualParables.org is a treasure trove of faith-and-film reviews by Edward McNulty.

FAITH GOES POP—In “Running as Religion,” Ken Chitwood writes: “While to some, running is a form of release and to others it’s simply exercise—read: torture—for a growing minion, running is religion.”

INTERFAITH PEACEMAKERS

Interfaith Peacemakers Thomas Clarkson Moses Mendelssohn Moses MontefioreTHE HEROES—Find more than 100 stories at www.InterfaithPeacemakers.com

STORIES THAT SHAPE OUR LIVES

The Cardinal Comics by Kurt Kolka The Wrath of the Warthog“STORIES that shape your life” is a core theme at ReadTheSpirit. We’re inviting you to take part!

DOING GOOD
IN THE WORLD

Good media builds healthy communities …

RABBI BOB ALPER—The author of Life Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This, continues to criss-cross the nation and will perform next at Congregation Ahavas Israel in Grand Rapids, MI, on May 17th.

SUZY FARBMAN—The author of GodSigns writes this week about “a middle-age workaholic” (Sound familiar to many of us?) whose life is transformed after emergency work on his heart.

THIRD-WAY NEWSLETTER

th Third Way Newsletter book logoKEEP IN TOUCH—The www.ThirdWayNewsletter.com is part of the changing Christian landscape that is welcoming diverse men and women. This week, you’ll find new columns about Ken Wilson’s recent talk at City Church in San Francisco and about how one member of the new Blue Ocean movement finds a helpful and healing journey in “Third Way.”

DR. DAVID GUSHEE—The author of Changing Our Mind will participate with Matthew Vines in a Reformation Project Fundraiser on the evening of May 7 at the Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams showroom in Atlanta. For ticket information. Dr. Gushee also continues writing, including this helpful column about “Civility and Tolerance” in the Baptist Global News website.

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