MSU Team Challenges anti-immigrant stereotypes
NEW BOOK IS REAL NEWS—The Bias Busters project at Michigan State University continues its nationally influential work this autumn with a book that confronts toxic anti-immigrant biases—with research and factual reporting that will surprise readers. Yes, this book has some real news between its covers. We start our Cover Story on Bullying Prevention Month with this column by MSU’s Joe Grimm, explaining how this important, timely project was completed. Please, if you share our concern about the toxic rhetoric about immigrants, this year—you can make a difference by spreading the news about this new book!
HOLIDAYS and FESTIVALS
Check out all the holidays! Tell friends about the simply Web address: www.InterfaithHolidays.com
SHARE THE NEWS—Our column on Bullying Prevention Month is a one-stop web page for quickly gathering the information you’ll need to get friends involved in combatting bigotry and predatory behavior.
Third Way Newsletter
CHALLENGING INTER-VARSITY—Ken Wilson and the team at Third Way Newsletter is challenging a move by the evangelical campus ministry group InterVarsity to oust staffers who support same-sex marriage. What’s unique in this response is that Ken and his colleagues also are evangelicals and take a very different, compassionate approach to the issue.
‘One Earth Writing’
THE PEN IS MIGHTIER … Our motto is: Good media builds healthy communities. No one embodies that better than author, teacher and peacemaker Lynne Meredith Golodner. We invite you to meet this remarkable woman as she tells us about her new program: One Earth Writing.
STORIES FOR A NEW YEAR
IN THE NEW YEAR 5777 … it’s now Yom Kippur for Jewish families around the world. Recently, we’ve been publishing stories themed to the Jewish High Holidays. Some of these stories remain especially relevant as we shift our focus to Bullying Prevention Month. One is this series of vignettes by standup comic Rabbi Bob Alper on the question: Thinking of judging someone?
POWER OF FORGIVENESS—GodSigns columnist Suzy Farbman always brings us an inspiring story about people overcoming challenges, often with surprising “coincidences” along the way. This week’s story is perfect for this season of forgiveness and renewal. Meet Christine Wilson, who tells her haunting story of recovery in a memoir: Recovered Essence. (Special note to GodSigns fans: At the end of this column, there’s a video clip of a TV interview Suzy recently did on the challenges we all face in everyday living.)
HATE 2 HOPE! Yes, that’s possible! We also hope you’ll share news about this pioneering program by cross-cultural peace activist Brenda Rosenberg, based on her recent book about harnessing the power of tension in the world.
WE’VE ALL GOT ‘TSURIS’! —Author Debra Darvick has another identity as a writer: She carries on an advice column mainly aimed at Jewish readers. But, as Debra points out in this new column for our readers: Everybody’s got tsuris! That’s Yiddish for “troubles” or “woes.”
& POPULAR CULTURE
ED McNULTY—Enjoy all of the free resources from Ed McNulty’s faith-and-film website: VisualParables.org.
- BEATLES—EIGHT DAYS—Ed McNulty says this Ron Howard documentary warmed his heart. He gives the film 5 out of 5 stars—and it’s already available for pre-order before its November 18 release for home viewers. Sounds like a great holiday present for a Beatles fan in your life, doesn’t it?
- MR. CHURCH—Some critics have panned this unusual story starring Eddie Murphy. Ed says it’s worth taking a look. (4 stars)
- THE LADY IN NUMBER 6—To mark the Jewish High Holidays, Ed reviews and highly recommends this Oscar-winning short documentary, which currently is streaming for Netflix subscribers. He recommends the film as a testament to hope and thankfulness, even in life’s darkest moments. (5 out of 5 stars)
- SNOWDEN—Is Edward Snowden a patriotic prophet or the worst kind of traitor? Ed says the Oliver Stone movie raises those questions in a powerful way. (4.5 stars)
- DEEP WATER HORIZON—It’s a Hollywood thriller that also works as a social justice film. (4 stars)
- DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID—This fourth remake of the 1900 French classic gets 4 stars.