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Ramadan, the Islamic holy month during which Muslims fast while the sun is up, ends this weekend, and I almost missed writing about it! There were too many political distractions and long-term projects to resolve.

However, a last-minute adjustment to a planned article about interfaith meals made for a great Ramadan feature. I was able to link my coverage of a fast-breaking meal between Mormons and Muslims to a larger movement across the country encouraging sharing a table with your enemies.

Shared meals are a simple way to respond to disheartening social and cultural divides in America today. Maybe too simple. But I was inspired by the people I interviewed, who are becoming better people one new friendship at a time.

FRESH OFF THE PRESS FROM ME

How some Christians find God in national parks

Nervous about your Muslim neighbors? Then invite them over for dinner

TOP RELIGION READS

Why cash remains sacred in American churches, RealClearReligion

Avoiding becoming numb in the face of online tragedy and violence, Sojourners

What Mormon family trees tell us about cancer, The Atlantic

JUST FOR FUN

Stemming the tide of hatred with kindness, Religion News Service

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