Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture.

More Love on UP. Building on the solid ratings success of last year’s UP original film Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, UP TV will continue its premiere Love Finds You In Charm (based on the bestselling novel by Annalisa Daughety) on Sunday, June 7th @ 7:00 PM (ET).  The second installment of the network’s Love Finds You romantic anthology franchise tells the story of a beautiful, young Amish woman who visits relatives in scenic Charm, Ohio and finds herself pulled between two worlds and two men.  The cast includes Trevor Donovan (Texas Rising, 90210), Danielle Chuchran (Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, UP’s Nowhere Safe), Drew Fuller (Army Wives, Charmed) and Tiffany Dupont (Greek, The Bedford Diaries). Filmed in the heart of Ohio’s Amish country, the film was directed by Terry Cunningham and is produced by George Shamieh and Mission Pictures in association with Guideposts. The adapted screenplay was written by Bryar Freed-Golden (UP’s The Music In Me, Paper Angels and Love Finds You In Sugarcreek).  

Welcome to the world, Allie Jane. Speaking of UP, Alyssa and John Webster welcomed their first child into the world on Saturday, April 11. The young married couple are featured on the network’s reality series Bringing Up Bates. The baby girl is named Allie Jane and is the second grandchild to Gil and Kelly Jo Bates whose lives, along with those of their 19 kids (aged 2 to 25), is chronicled by the show. Bringing Up Bates begins its second season on Wednesday, June 4th at 10 PM (ET).  p.m. EDT. As a prelude to the new season, season one episodes are now re-airing every Wednesday at 10 PM (ET) following new episodes of the UP family drama series Heartland.

Initial performers for the 2015 Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival have been announced via The talent list includes The Martins, Goodman Revival, the McKameys, Karen Peck & New River, Angie Primm, the Freemans, High Road, Dennis Swanberg and the Sneed Family. The 2015 Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival will take place on September 12 and 13 at the legendary singer’s ranch in historic Hurricane Mills, TN. More performers will be announced at a later date. Ticket are on sale now. For more information go to or call the ranch at 931-296-7700.

Book Note: Tweeting with God: #Big Bang, Prayer, Bible, Sex, Crusades, Sin, Career…Author Michel Remery, Catholic priest, isn’t God but he does answer lots of tweeted questions about the Almighty in 140 characters or less. In the book, from Ignatius Press, he also provides expanded explanations based on Catholic teaching.  A free Tweeting with God (#TwGOD) app is also available via iTunes and Google Play. For more info, Click here.

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