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.
The Rev. Christine Chakoian, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, Illinois, says that Jesus’ last words to his disciples commanded them to care for the most vulnerable—the marginalized, the hungry, the sick, the homeless and imprisoned—and in so doing they would be continuing to care for the Christ.
The Rev. Dr. Christine Chakoian is Pastor and Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest, Illinois, one of the largest congregations in the Presbyterian Church USA to be led by a woman. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and Yale Divinity School, and earned her Doctor of Ministry degree at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Before coming to Lake Forest in 2005, she served churches in Ohio, Oregon, and Illinois. She writes frequently for Christian Century, Presbyterian Outlook, and other publications.
This archived 30 Good Minutes broadcast was first aired in January 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 Christine Chakoian
Hosts Daniel Pawlus and Lydia Talbot in conversation with Christine Chakoian, who says that as we come to appreciate the deep love that God has for us, we will begin to share God's love with our neighbors.
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Spiritual Journey by Eboo Patel
Dr. Eboo Patel, founder and director of the Interfaith Youth Core, works for justice by creating opportunities for youth from different faiths to work together.
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Reflection on Justice by Michael Siegel
One of the most dramatic statements that the Bible makes is that the God of Israel is concerned about the stranger, concerned about the person who is the most vulnerable. In a world that worshiped strength and power, God’s interest in the poor, the widow, and the elderly could have only been seen as a sign of weakness by much of the ancient world. Yet, what the rest of the world saw as weakness, we saw as our greatest strength.
The measure of a just society, then and now, can be seen in how it treats those on its margins. Imitatio Dei, the imitation of God reaches its highest expression when we hear the cries of those in need with our ears and hear what God hears; when we search out those in need with our eyes and see what God sees; when we extend our hands to others, and give on behalf of God. A just society begins when we see that we have the power and the responsibility to be an extension of God’s concern for the stranger.
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