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, Say Amen!, the Rev. Otis Moss III asks, when we are confronted with evil in our lives, how do we develop a faith which allows us to say “Amen” before deliverance arrives?
The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III is the Senior Pastor of the largest congregation in his denomination, the 8,000 member Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. They do amazing work on Chicago’s south side, meeting not only the spiritual needs of that community but also addressing issues like education, hunger, housing and addiction. Otis is one of the new generation of ministers committed to prophetically preaching the message that love and justice are inseparable companions which form the foundation of the Gospel.
This archived 30 Good Minutes program first aired in December 2003.
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 Faith by Michael Siegel
One of my favorite stories comes from interpretive tradition of the Rabbis. When the children of Israel stood at the shore of the sea with the water on one side and the charging Egyptian army on the other, the people stood frozen in terror. One man, according to legend, Nahshon ben Aminadav stood and began to walk forward into the water. He continued as the water covered his knees. He continued as the water covered his hips, his chest. He walked forward as the water covered his mouth. It was just when the water came to his nostrils that the sea split apart and an entire generation was redeemed.
Here is a powerful story of mature faith—faith based upon a partnership between God and humankind. The story of Nahshon is an important reminder that God responds to us when we are willing to stand up and do everything possible on our own behalf. God waits for us to take the risk, to take that first step, to push ourselves beyond where we thought possible. And then when we can go no farther, faith dictates that God will be there. The water may not always part, but we can be sure that God will be with us to give us strength, to give us courage to continue our journey.