FGF #178: News to Make You Smile

Every week, Doubting Believer brings you things to watch, listen to or read that are sure to make you smile. Because we all could use a little good news.

Combating Violence with Lawn Chairs

Learn more about how these residents of Minneapolis are using lawn chairs to interrupt the violence in their city. I really love this story.


Arkansas Church opens Sweet House safe space for LGBTQ youth

I have a number of friends who grew up at this church and a couple who have served as pastors here. This new ministry that creates a safe space for LGBTQ youth makes my heart very glad. A reminder that suicide is the second leading cause of youth death in our country, and LGBTQ youth are three to four times more likely to die by suicide than their straight counterparts. Safe spaces like these are literally saving lives.

Broadway is Back…and in your home

Come From Away is on Apple TV. I remember when I first heard about this musical that was about the a little town in Newfoundland where planes were diverted after 9/11, I thought it sounded like an odd premise for a musical. But it is an inspiring, moving testimony to the great things regular people can do in the face to tragedy. We could all use that reminder–especially right now. On a personal note, my daughter’s high school thespian troupe won Best In Show at the Arkansas State Thespian Festival a few years back using the opening number of the show–so I’ve got the first song seared in my brain after listening to them rehearse.


Redemption and Justification for Pumpkin Spice Lovers

Turns out, our attachment to pumpkin is downright psychological: Pumpkin is a flavor, but also a feeling .


Get some rest.

Have some fun.

Talk to God.

Connect with people you love.

Take radically good care of yourself. The world needs you.


Rev. Anne Russ is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently based in New York City. Doubting Believer provides tools and encouragement for the rollercoaster ride of your faith journey. Follow me on Facebook , Instagram and YouTube. You can also follow on TikTok. Get emails to keep up with all that is happening.

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