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 his message, The Journey from Fear to Faith, Dr. Alan Jones, former Dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco says God calls us to draw near by faith—and not out of fear—to become co-creators of the place where God chooses to dwell in us.
The Very Rev. Alan Jones was dean of Grace Cathedral Episcopal Church in San Francisco from 1985 until his retirement in January 2009. Prior to joining Grace Cathedral, the Rev. Dr. Jones was Stephen F. Bayne Professor of Ascetical Theology and director and founder of the Center for Christian Spirituality at General Theological Seminary in New York City. A major Christian thinker and writer, Jones is the author of many books on spirituality, including Reimagining Christianity, Seasons of Grace, and Soul-Making: The Desert Way of Spirituality.
This archived 30 Good Minutes broadcast was first aired in February 2006.
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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
Conversation with Alan Jones
Hosts Delle Chatman and Daniel Pawlus in conversation with Alan Jones, who says if we are made in the image of God, who is the artist, then we are artists and works of art ourselves.
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Spiritual Journey by Mama Edie Armstrong
Storyteller and musician, Mama Edie Armstrong, took a faith journey from the Catholic Church to the Methodist Church, visiting Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism along the way.
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Reflection on Faith by Mama Edie Armstrong
Faith is a journey in itself. One seldom seems to embrace it easily. It often needs to be nurtured to grow. Children, for example, have faith that their parents will protect and care for them, until life’s experiences may reveal otherwise. And even then at some point, if we are blessed to grow in maturity, we recognize that people give of themselves from where they are and from how they themselves have been nurtured. When we believe that God will provide us with what we need, then we are more open to receive it.
In this spirit, we tend to also be more open to accepting full responsibility for where we are in our lives. While we may realistically consider that others may have contributed to our condition, at some point we must say, “Be that as it may, my choices are now in my hands. With God’s guidance, I will be all right.” Faith is a journey that strengthens us along our path of life and assures us that all is well.
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