It's catch-up weekend here on the blog. Several things have come my way in recent days and I haven't had time to get any of them before your wondering eyes, so here's a small collection:
* The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education now has made testimony of some survivors available online here. This helpful new resource comes 20 years after MCHE began doing interviews with survivors and collecting their stories. The more ways these stories can be preserved the better.
* Shirley Hershey Showalter, author of Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World, which I introduced to my blog readers here last November, will be speaking about the book at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 7, at the south branch of the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library. Here's a story about the event in the online Kansas City Kansan.
* On International Holocaust Remembrance Day last week Steven Spielberg spoke at the United Nations. Here's a YouTube video about that event.
* The well-known New Testament scholar John Dominic Crossan will be the next speaker in the visiting scholars program of Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kan., on Feb. 28 and March 1. For details and to get tickets, click here.
* It turns out that several movies about the resurrection, not the crucifixion, of Jesus Christ are in the works. Here's a story with a rundown of what's being worked on.
* And, finally, mostly for fun, here's the story of the recent discovery of an ancient flood story in which the rescued animals were aboard an arc, but the arc was round, unlike the description in the Bible's story of Noah. For no good reason it reminds me of the old saying that it's hard to corner someone who works in an Oval Office.
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WHO ARE THE SIKHS?
I don't have many opportunities to write about Sikhism, but Sikhs recently have been standing up more in the face of prejudice, which gave Religion News Service an opportunity to offer this primer on the religion. When I was a boy in India I came to know and admire many Sikhs. Great people of high moral standards and leadership abilities.