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.
Dr. Jana Childers, Professor of Homiletics and Dean at San Francisco Theological Seminary, talks about those times in our life when we are unable to reach out to God. The Gospel of Luke describes a God who does not wait for people to muster up their faith, but who bends to reach us, even to those of us who are unable to so much as lift our heads in God’s direction.
The Reverend Doctor Jana L. Childers, Professor of Homiletics and Speech-Communication at San Francisco Theological Seminary, is a Presbyterian minister who served congregations in Kansas and New Jersey before joining the seminary faculty. She has written, edited, and contributed to many books and articles on the art of preaching, including the award-winning Birthing the Sermon: Women Preachers on Creative Process.
This archived 30 Good Minutes broadcast features a message from Dr. Jana Childers titled “The Kyophic Woman,”and was first aired in February 2005.
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
30 Good Minutes Online
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.
Reflection on Inspiration/creativity by Tom McGrath
Howard Ikemoto is an artist. One day his seven-year-old daughter asked him what he did when he went off to work. “I told her I worked at the college, and that my job was to teach people how to draw.” His daughter stared back at him, startled, and said, ‘You mean they forget?’”
Yes, indeed we do forget just how creative we really are. My friend Jean Unsworth is also an artist who loves to visit schools. When she asks first and second graders, “Who in this class is good at drawing?” they all wave their hands enthusiastically. When she asks the same question of the eighth graders, only a few raise a hand, and most of them do it sheepishly.
What happens as we grow up that gives us the idea we can’t draw, we can’t sing, we can’t dance, and we’re not artists? Maybe the creativity we lack is the ability to recognize the ways we are creative.
Maybe you’re creative at solving problems at home or at work. Or perhaps you’re a great mechanic or gardener or storyteller. Maybe your particular brand of creativity is noticing when a friend is down, or is just bursting with good news she wants to tell you about.
My wife’s former spiritual director, the late Father Ray Novacek, advised her to do something creative every day. He said it’s a way to be a partner with God, the creator of all that is. So why not be creatively you? You haven’t forgotten how to do that, have you?
Watch or read more of Tom McGrathh archived Spiritual Reflection here.