July 4 Cover Story: Freedom means—we all should be free

MEET NATHAN ALBERT

perf5.500x8.500.indd‘EMBRACING LOVE’—First, a personal note: Thanks to all of our readers who responded so warmly to our story last week about David Gushee’s impassioned new call for inclusion in the wake of the Orlando tragedy. (We read all of your heart-felt notes to us; you encourage us in our work.)

This week, meet Nathan Albert, a former actor and current pastoral activist who has just published his memoir, Embracing Love: My Journey to Hugging a Man in his Underwear. Wondering about that odd subtitle? Well, meet Nathan Albert in our Cover Story.

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HOLIDAYS & MILESTONES

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

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July-4-food (1)4th of JULY

GET READY! It’s not too early to plan for the big weekend. Stephanie’s column is packed with intriguing ideas, including a website with fun polls and quizzes about our nation’s early history.

FEED THE SPIRITWe recall the 4th of July celebration of citizenship many years ago by Joe LewisFeedTheSpirit columnist Bobbie Lewis’s husband. Joe himself relates the story and shares a yummy recipe for baked beans, as well!

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RAMADAN ENDS

Eid-Badshahi-Mosque (1)EID AL-FITR—Spelling vary and so do the exact dates of observance, but most Muslim sources are calling for the huge festival to begin July 6 this year. Holidays columnist Stephanie Fenton has the whole story, plus lots of fascinating links to news stories about the celebration.

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FAMILY MILESTONE IN RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

From left Anessa Sam Max and David Kramer (2)GOD SIGNS—Suzy Farbman writes this week about a family of descendants of Holocaust survivors who are celebrating their latest bar mitzvah. This truly is a family milestone in celebrating religious freedom.

 

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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.orgAmong Ed’s latest movie reviews are:

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