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.
Actress, writer and pastor, Linda Loving, says that each one of us longs to sense God’s call and to know our life’s work and purpose. God is constantly calling us to the fullness of who we are and will give us the courage to ask the right questions.
The Rev. Dr. Linda C. Loving is an actress, writer, consultant and ordained Presbyterian minister. In her twenty years in parish ministry she helped to “break the stained glass ceiling” when she became one of the few women to serve as senior pastor of a large multiple staff congregation, the House of Hope Presbyterian Church in Saint Paul, MN. She has taught preaching at McCormick Theological Seminary, traveled widely as a guest preacher, and has contributed sermons to several publications. For the past nineteen years, Linda has performed the one-woman drama “Julian of Norwich” by J. Janda, bringing to life the spiritual wisdom of this medieval mystic.
This archived 30 Good Minutes broadcast was first aired in November 2003.
Things Not Seen:
In conversation with journalist and poet Judith Valente
After many years as a successful journalist and poet, Judith Valente arrived to lead a workshop at a monastery. The experience changed her life. In our interview, we discuss Valente's career as a reporter on the religion beat, and how her explorations of the contemplative life have affected her daily living.
Judith Valente is an awarding-winning print and broadcast journalist, poet and essayist. Her most recent book is Atchison Blue: a Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home, and a Living Faith . You can listen to the original broadcast in its entirety here.
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
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.
30 Good Minutes Online
Reflection on Call by Michael Siegel
The Bible is the richest source we have for understanding how God interacts with people. In the opening chapters of Genesis there is the creation and a question addressed to Adam. “Ayecha,” God asks of Adam in the Garden. Where are you? Here God is not asking about Adam’s physical whereabouts, but rather, God is asking the great existential question that resonates in every generation. “Ayecha,” God asks. Where are you in relationship to me?
The Bible is the record of this question and the responses of those called by God. When called upon, all of the great leaders of the Bible respond with the same word: Hineni, I am here, I am present. Hineni, I am ready to act. In this way, the Bible reminds us that everything is contingent upon how we will respond to the call. What the world has needed in every generation are people conscious enough of God’s presence to hear the ancient call of Ayecha, and the willingness to respond with Hineni. Here I am, Lord. I am present, I am ready.