A collection of inspirational videos and text featuring America’s finest religious thinkers, stories of personal faith, and reflections on spiritual topics, gathered from television broadcasts of 30 Good Minutes, a weekly multifaith program in Chicago.
Dr. Tony Campolo , Emeritus Professor of Sociology and an American Baptist Minister, suggests that in this age marked by anxiety we can find peace for our hearts through a mystical in-filling of God’s spirit, which creates calm in our souls and a commitment to making peace in the world.
Dr. Tony Campolo is a sociologist, pastor, author, and one of America's most sought-after speakers. Tony is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University in Pennsylvania. He founded the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization that develops schools and social programs in third world countries and the inner cities of North America. Tony is also author of many books, including Red Letter Christians andChoose Love not Power.
This archived 30 Good Minutes broadcast features a message from Dr. Tony Campolo titled, “The Peace that Passeth Understanding” and was first aired in January 2005.
A New Documentary from the Chicago Sunday Evening Club
Divided Families: Responding with Faith
This hour-long documentary explores the impact of current US immigration policies on Amy and Carlos, a young family from West Chicago. Because Carlos was brought to the US illegally from Mexico as a child, they encounter severe penalties and barriers as they attempt to gain his resident status. Like thousands of families in this situation, they want to do the right thing, but there seems to be no path to follow. We tell the story of their decade-long struggle, and highlight the work of faith organizations across Chicago that are working to help families like theirs stay together.
Premieres on WTTW Thursday, October 16th at 9pm
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Chicago Leadership Prayer Breakfast - December 5, 2014
The purpose of the Chicago Leadership Prayer Breakfast is to gather as an interfaith community in thanksgiving and hope to pray for our city and its leadership.
Organized by Chicago Sunday Evening Club With major funding provided by Northern Trust Chair and Master of Ceremonies: Andrew J. McKenna
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sid Mohn - President of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights.
Reflection on Peace by Karyn Kedar
5:00 A.M. just before sunrise, 100 people gather on a beach in Southern Florida to join the thousands around the world in the yearly international meditation for world peace. The air is slightly chilled, the sky shades of red, pink and rose, the ocean ever so quiet. With them are my close friend Carol and my daughter Talia. Talia is a young child of seven. There is no way she is going to sit for an hour in meditation.
As the sun rises and light heats up the morning, Talia is walking quietly up and down the beach collecting shells, washing them in the salty water and carefully placing them in the fold of her dress. The group has settled into a deep quiet, hoping to bring the gentle energy of peace down to Earth.
At the end of the hour my friend Carol opens her eyes, stretches to a waking state and looks for Talia. Talia's dress is heavy with her treasure. The two find each other.
“How was it?” Carol asks my daughter.
“Fine,” Talia answers politely. Carol can tell that something is bothering her.
“What did you do?” She asks.
“I collected shells”
“Did you meditate for world peace?”
“Yeah, but Carol, it was so beautiful,” Talia blurted out. “And you and your friends had your eyes closed and couldn't see the sunrise. You missed everything!”
With their eyes closed, Carol and her companions experienced inner peace; but with her eyes open, Talia witnessed the peace and hope of a new day. In Scripture we pray: O-seh sha-lom bim-ro-mav, O God, You make peace in the high heavens; Hu ya-a-seh sha-lom a-lei-nu - Please, God, help us make peace on earth.
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