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Author in the News: "In Conversation with Reverend Steven Greenebaum" (Splash Magazines)

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Recently, Splash Magazines Chicago interviewe d Steven Greenebaum, author o f One Family Indivisible . Here is the introduction to its article, "In Conversation with Reverend Steven Greenebaum": One Family: Indivisible,  by Reverend Steven Greenebaum, the founder of the Living Interfaith Church, is the latest of his three books. As a child growing up as a Reform Jew in Suburban Los Angeles, he was impacted by the unfairness of what he observed in his world, the Holocaust, the treatment of the African American Community, for a start and set about making the world a better place.  Along the way he earned Master’s Degrees in Mythology, Music, and Pastoral Studies.  His experiences, which include directing  Jewish ,  Methodist ,  Presbyterian , and  Interfaith  choirs, have helped him to understand the profound wisdom of many spiritual traditions leading him to found the Living Interfaith Church. His mission has extended to work in social and environmental justice, and a

Book Review of One Family Indivisible by US Review of Books (recommended)

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  A recent review of Steven Greenebaum's book, One Family Indivisible , by Barbara Bamberger Scott, a reviewer with very high standards, for US Review of Books results in a "recommended" rating.  The conclusion: Greenebaum's spiritual philosophy, as propounded here, combines erudition and eclecticism. Devout within his family faith, Greenebaum's etheric messages e indicated a need for a spirituality that can be shared with people of all religious persuasions. In recent years the Living Interfaith Church has flourished with the active participation of Cathy Merchant, whom Greenebaum has supported in her assumption of ministerial roles as he began to battle critical physical challenges. He presents his notable memoir with verve, sensitivity, and a light-hearted sense of self-mockery as he recalls past missteps. His book also provides enough intimate recollection to reveal to the reader a person always determined, with his eye continually on the prize of human kindne

Author in the News: "This Lynnwood Man Walked the Path to a Faith of Inclusiveness" (HeraldNet Article on Steven Greenebaum)

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Recently, HeraldNet wrote a column on the Reverend Steven Greenebaum and his new book, One Family Individible . Evan Thompson, Herald columnist, writes: There’s a verse in the Koran that illustrates how Steven Greenebaum, a lifelong Jew, sees the world. “We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another,” it reads. Breaking down denominational lines is Greenebaum’s life work. He’s the founder of Living Interfaith Church in Lynnwood, which embraces all religions and focuses on secular ethical teachings that unite all faiths: love, compassion and harmony. To read the rest of the article, click HERE . To read more posts by and about Steven Greenebaum, click HERE .

Book Review: Seeking Balance in an Unbalanced Time (Greenebaum)

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Goodreads has posted a very supportive book review of Seeking Balance in an Unbalanced Time by Rev./Dr. Steven Greenebaum. In part, the revew reads: Steven Greenebaum has written another first-class book. Or perhaps, at only 36 pages, it's better called a booklet. Nevertheless, its impact is outsized to its length, as Rev. Greenebaum gives a fine perspective on how to maintain one's mental health in the face of the current pandemic (and all the other ills of the world, too). Check out the rest of the review on Goodreads HERE . Steven Greenebaum is also the author of One Family: Indivisible . For more posts by and about Steven and his works, click HERE .

Book Review: One Family: Indivisible (Greenebaum) by MidWest Book Review

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  Great review of   review of One Family Indivisible (Greenebaum): Synopsis: Throughout history, from the neolithic age down to the present day, humans have divided themselves into groupings of "us" and "them". "One Family: Indivisible" by Steven Greenebaum is a kind of spiritual memoir that engagingly invites the reader into the deeply spiritual and lifelong journey of the author to find a way to acknowledge our differences without dividing and subdividing ourselves into competing tribes. It is a journey of mountain tops and deep valleys, but it leads to the inclusivity and mutual respect possible with Interfaith. Critique: Unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library collections, "One Family: Indivisible" is a thoughtful and thought-provoking read that is especially recommended for the personal reading lists of seekers from all races, ethnicities, and spiritual paths who are searching for that elusive goal of a community o

Author in the News: Steven Greenebaum Interviewed on Conscious Speaks, a Podcast by Kellie Wright

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Steven Greenebaum, author of One Family Indivisible , discussed his book in a two-part interview with Kellie Wright. Click HERE to listen to Part 1. Click HERE to listen to Part 2. For more posts by and on Steven Greenebaum, click HERE . For more authors in the news, click HERE .

Author in the News: Rev Greenebaum speaks at Parliament of the World's Religions

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  On October 18th, Steven Greenebaum, author of One Family: Indivisible   and Seeking Balance in an Unbalanced Time , spoke at the Parliament of the World’s Religions first virtual Parliament – with people tuning in virtually from all over the world. Steven’s topic was “Interfaith Congregations” and how coming together to celebrate each other’s spiritual paths might lead us to a more inclusive, respectful and compassionate future. This was the third consecutive Parliament where he was invited to speak about an aspect of Interfaith.  For more posts about Dr. Greenebaum and his book, click HERE .  

Author in the News: Steven Greenebaum Featured in Splash Magazine

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Steven Greenebaum, author of One Family, Indivisible , was featured in Splash Magazine recently. Comment made about the author:    have never met anyone so thoroughly pleasant, real and genuinely sincere.  I truly hope I will have the opportunity to visit with him again in the future but regardless the positive power he literally brings to the table will be a bright and positive light in my life forever.   Comment made about the "remarkable" book: genuinely captivating and brilliant. Read the full article HERE . Read more posts by and about Steven Greenebaum HERE .

Book Alert: Seeking Balance in an Unbalanced Time (Greenebaum)

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Released this week. Seeking Balance in an Unbalanced Time by Rev. Steven Greenebaum. The notion of a worldwide pandemic has been ripped out of the realm of "someday" and dumped in our laps. We can feel lost. How do we cope? How do we find our way? How can we find and keep some kind of balance as we walk this pandemic tightrope? This short book helps us find that balance as well as offering an affirming path forward. It helps us understand that the crisis humanity is facing is a family crisis. It helps us to take care of ourselves, offering concrete, positive examples. It helps us to keep our balance by also giving concrete positive examples of how we can help each other. For posts about other books in the MSI Press pandemic series, click HERE . For more posts by and about Steven Greenebaum and his books, click HERE .

Introducing Reverend Steven Greenebaum, MSI Press Author

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Reverend Steven Greenebaum is founder of the Living Interfaith Church in Washington state. He holds Master's degrees in Mythology, Music, and Pastorial Studies. He has dedicated his life to the oneness of humanity, working for social and environmental justice through a multitude of forums. Minister, teacher, and both church and temple choir director, he has worked with Common Cause and marched at Standing Rock. He was the Founder/Executive Director of Citizens for Environmental Responsibility. His book, One Family: Indivisible, a spiritual memoir , placed as a finalist in the religion category of the American Book Fest Best Books Award in 2019. He has now written a book, Seeking Balance in an Unbalanced Time , dealing with the pandemic, that will be released in July 2020. Read more posts by and about Steven Greenebaum and his books HERE .

Passover! (guest post by Steven Greenebaum)

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Tradition tells us that for the first time in recorded history, an enslaved people were able to walk away from slavery. As a Jew I am “commanded” to remember this day, and I do. I also feel strongly that it is something we all might wish to celebrate: NOT as a single event in history, but as an indictment of slavery as we join together to embrace a Universal Passover as our goal for humanity. It is not that “we” escaped the bondage of Pharaoh, once and forever, but that Pharaoh has come to enslave all of us throughout history, with many different names and forms, and we must seek to overthrow ALL Pharaohs, at all times – whatever form Pharaoh may have taken. For me, this has long been the essence of Passover. Yes, I remember that “We were slaves in the land of Egypt.” But I remember it not because the “poor Jews” were enslaved, but rather as an in-my-face reminder that slavery is wrong. It is always wrong. It is wrong if Jews are enslaved. It is wrong if Africans are enslaved

Excerpt from One Family Indivisible (Greenebaum):

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Excerpt from Reverend Steven Greenebaum's book, One Family Indivisible : Introduction This is a spiritual memoir, not an autobiography. I will, in good faith, include everything I can remember that reflects on my spiritual journey — whether it reflects flatteringly upon me or not. By the same token, things that seem to me to have no spiritual relevance will not be included, whether they reflect flatteringly on me or not. I realize all this is subject both to memory and my own sense of what’s important. There’s no escaping that. When I talk about other people, the reader should know that if I call someone Joe Smith, then the person’s name is Joe Smith. If I refer to a person as “someone I’ll call Joe Smith,” it means that the person is real, but for reasons of privacy I’m not going to use their actual name. What I can pledge is that what I say is what I remember — no tweaks or embellishments. Speaking of memory, I have an important admission to make. From the time I was a

Author in the News: Booksigning at Vroman's (Steven Greenebaum)

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On November 24, 2019, Vroman's Bookstore hosted a book signing by MSI Press author, Steven Greenebaum, for his new book, One Family Indivisible . Here is how the bookstore announced the signing: Throughout history we have divided ourselves into groupings of "us" and "them".  One Family: Indivisible   engagingly   invites the reader into the deeply spiritual and lifelong journey of the author to find a way to acknowledge our differences without dividing and subdividing ourselves into competing tribes. It is a journey of mountain tops and deep valleys, but it leads to the inclusivity and mutual respect possible with Interfaith. This is a book for seekers of all races, ethnicities, and spiritual paths who search for that elusive goal of a community of love and inclusion that also respects our diversity. For more information about Steven's book, including links to reviews, click HERE .

Excerpt from Seeking Balance in an Unbalanced Time (Greenebaum): Envisioning and Working for Our Future

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  Envisioning and Working for Our Future The point of this brief concluding chapter is not to attempt to provide answers. Rather, things are so intense and so difficult right now that it can be hard even to think of the future. Yet with everything so upside down, I believe we have an important opportunity to consider what we want to see in the future. A “new normal” is going to come out of this. How do we want that to look? It’s, of course, very human for us to shrug and say, “This just isn’t the time for that.” But as Hillel would remind us, “If not now, when?” There will be a new normal. There’s no disputing that. Do we simply want to stumble into it? Or do our children and their children deserve better? I have no children. But I care about yours. And I deeply believe they deserve a healthy “new normal”.             So, what I’d ask of us now is for us to begin pondering some questions. Below are just a few that occur to me. What’s important are not these questions to the exclusi

Author in the News: Steven Greenebaum Featured in Jewish in Seattle Magazine

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What does being Jewish mean to you? This is the question that Jewish in Seattle Magazine asked of Rev. Steven Greenebaum, an interfaith minister and MSI Press author, on April 9. Read his response in the magazine . (Steven was able to hype -- just a little -- his newest book: One Family Indivisible , a finalist in the American Book Fest's Best Books Awards in the category of religion.) Listen to Steven's podcast as he is interviewed by Anne Laforge. You can find it on the MSI Podcasts page . Read more blog posts by and about Steven and his book HERE .

Book Review: One Family: Indivisible (Steven Greenebaum)

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Great 5-star review of Steven Greenebaum's book, One Family: Indivisible on Goodreads; The reviewer concludes:  While not all of us come to the same answers Steven has arrived at, all thinking persons with any interest in spiritual questions certainly wrestle with many of the same questions. I found myself smiling wryly at many anecdotes because they seemed so familiar and laughing outright at others because of Steven's wit. Read the full review on Goodreads .

Steven Greenebaum: Eric Hoffer Award Finalist

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  Congratulations to Dr./Rev Steven Greenebaum, whose book, One Family: Indivisible , has been selected as a category finalist in the Eric Hoffer Awards competition. To read more information about Steven, his books, and his life, click HERE .  To order Steven's book, visit our webstore: One Family: Indivisible . The code FF25 will get you a 25% discount as a fan or friend of MSI Press. Currently, on sale. (Also available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online sellers as well as many retailers.) Previous Eric Hoffer Award winners among MSI Press authors include Elaine Imady ( Road to Damascus ; first runner up) and Patt Pickett ( The Marriage Whisperer ; honorable mention). 

Podcast: MSI Press Associate Interviews MSI Press Author, Rev (Dr.) Steven Greenebaum

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Just up! MSI Press associate, Anne Laforge, retired English and literature teacher, interviewed author Steven Greenebaum when he came to California on a book tour and swung through San Juan Bautista, location of MSI Press's The Literary Center. (He also gave a lecture at two interfaith sites; we have video from one of those presentations and will post it at some point in the future.) Listen to the podcast about  One Family: Indivisible  on our podcast page on our website by clicking  HERE . Take a look at Steven's book -- Amazon has a Look Inside . Throughout history we have divided ourselves into groupings of "us" and "them".  One Family: Indivisible  engagingly   invites the reader into the deeply spiritual and lifelong journey of the author to find a way to acknowledge our differences without dividing and subdividing ourselves into competing tribes. It is a journey of mountain tops and deep valleys, but it leads to the inclusivity and mutual respec

Author Website Announcement: Steven Greenebaum

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Steven Greenebaum has established a website for One Family: Indivisible . Visit it, please. You will find interesting interfaith information there. He also has a Facebook page for his book: https://www.facebook.com/One-Family-Indivisible-Practical-Interfaith-Interfaith-Alternative-218797114868880/?ref=bookmarks

Just Released: Hard Cover Edition of One Family: Indivisible (Greenebaum)

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  Just released: the hard cover edition of One Family: Indivisible by Rev. Steven Greenebaum.  See more information about this book HERE .                                          Sign up for the MSI Press LLC newsletter                           Follow MSI Press on  Twitter ,  Face Book , and  Instagram .