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.
In her message, Do You Really Understand What You Are Reading? Dr. Anna Carter Florence, Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, recounts the story of the Apostle Philip’s encounter with a foreigner and stranger who he helps to understand the mysteries of God’s love.
This archived 30 Good Minutes program was first broadcast in October 2004.
The Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence is the Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Dr. Florence is interested in historical, theological, aesthetic, and performative dimensions of preaching and the ways preaching engages other fields and different traditions. She’s an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is a frequent speaker and lecturer at churches and conferences including the Festival of Homiletics.
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
Spiritual Journey by Grey Hubert
Greg Hubert and his wife helped a deaf girl from Honduras learn sign language, prompted by their sense that God calls us to be kind to others.
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Reflection on Kindness by Tom McGrath
Whenever I drive past the Jellystone Park Camp ground near Chesterton, Indiana, I think of my mother-in-law, Pearl. It’s not that Pearl was into camping – far from it. In fact, Pearl’s idea of roughing it was playing canasta with her sisters-in-law.
Pearl was on her way to join those sisters-in-law at a summer house in Michigan when she got a flat tire—right alongside the Jellystone Park Camp Ground. Now, Pearl was up in years and we had offered to drive her, but she was independent and wanted to make that trip on her own. But now this diminutive lady, impeccably dressed as always, stood on the side of the road looking sadly into the trunk of her car.
It just so happens that a couple of guys at the campground were sitting around in lawn chairs, shooting the breeze. They spotted Pearl and, without hesitation, decided to help. They jumped the fence between their campsite and the highway, and in no time the tire was changed and Pearl was ready to go. They wouldn’t even think of accepting the tip she offered.
Now every time I pass that spot along the highway, I get a warm feeling in my heart. I imagine all the many small acts of kindness that take place each and every day around the world without much fanfare. I know that each act, however small, helps heal a wounded world.
And I also know that the best way to thank those two unsung heroes who helped Pearl when she was a damsel in distress is to keep my eyes and my heart open for the next time I see a person who could use a bit of kindness and simply pass it on.
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