Monthly archives: March, 2018

Living in a Good Friday World and Looking to Easter for Hope!

The late Dr. Ken Baileyhas helped us in many ways to look at the death and the resurrection of Jesus in looking at our own and other contempo rary situations/stories that walk us through death to hope in the resurrection and life beyond this life.

Dr. Bailey out of his own living in the Middle East shared a story from the Episcopal Bishop in Tehran that just brings chills when the story  is shared of the Bishop’s son. It was a Gabriel Award winning radio spot for the Presbyterian Media Mission back in the early to mid 1980’s. You will hear the familiar voice of Steve Allen who so graciously hosted this series of stories called “Tapestry of Hope.”

Listen to Dr. Ken Bailey’s Good Friday Story by clicking on the audio button below …

From the video series “Christian Leadership in the New Testament” produced by PMM featuring Dr. Bailey and underwritten by the Synod of the Trinity, Ken helps us to reflect on suffering and the meaning it provides in life.  It can be individual or collective suffering that helps to get us to a place to learn through struggle and sacrifice as leaders.

Watch Ken Bailey share from his study of scripture and life experiences about God’s love through the struggle and suffering of life.

Have a blessed Easter, “Resurrection Sunday!” We live in a Good Friday world with the hope of Easter that opens us up once again to the grace and love of God through his son Jesus Christ.


March For Our Lives

What a wonderful display of non-violent demonstration to allow the freedom of speech and protest giving voice to young peoples concerns about gun violence in our schools.

There was another time when marches and protest helped to bring an end to a war that had seen thousands of young men die. It was the Vietnam War. Dick recalls walking in Washington D.C. as a trained non-violent protester on Passages.

Do you know what your young teen is doing in his/her life? When it comes to guns there is a responsibility for parents or those significant others who care  for them to know what is going on in their lives. Listen to Jean’s story about what shocked her to find out about her son on Passages.

We pray that those young people who marched yesterday are heard by the leaders of our country!

We pray for all parents in caring for their children in a world that can lead them in many different directions in life.


Remembering Fred Rogers on his birthday!

Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister. Rogers was famous for creating, hosting, and composing the theme music for the educational preschool television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1968–2001), which featured his kind-hearted, grandfatherly personality, and directness to his audiences.[1]

Initially educated to be a minister, Rogers was displeased with the way television addressed children and made an effort to change this when he began to write for and perform on local Pittsburgh-area shows dedicated to youth. WQED developed his own show in 1968 and it was distributed nationwide by Eastern Educational Television Network. Over the course of three decades on television, Fred Rogers became an icon of American children’s entertainment and education.[2] He was also known for his advocacy of various public causes. His testimony before a lower court in favor of fair-use recording of television shows to play at another time (now known as time shifting) was cited in a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Betamax case, and he gave now-famous testimony to a U.S. Senate committee, advocating government funding for children’s television.[3]

Rogers received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, some forty honorary degrees,[4] and a Peabody Award. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, was recognized by two Congressional resolutions, and was ranked No. 35 among TV Guide‘s Fifty Greatest TV Stars of All Time.[5] Several buildings and artworks in Pennsylvania are dedicated to his memory, and the Smithsonian Institution displays one of his trademark sweaters as a “Treasure of American History”. On June 25, 2016, the Fred Rogers Historical Marker was placed near Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and was named and dedicated in his memory.[6

More on Fred https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Rogersi

Click on the audio button below for a Passages Radio Show featuring Fred talking about his start in TV, attending seminary, helping start WQED and PBS, and his ministry to children and their families.

In the fall of 1997, Presbyterians Today editor Eva Stimson interviewed Fred Rogers in his cramped office at WQED in Pittsburgh. Her story appeared in the March 1998 issue of the magazine.

The Real “Mister Rogers” (below is an excerpt from the article to reflect on)

In the early 1960’s, Fred recalls, national staff in the United Presbyterian Church U.S.A. began talking to him about developing a children’s TV program as an outreach of the denomination.  But then priorities shifted and money for the project evaporated.  Did the church miss a big opportunity?

“It’s hard to say,” comments Gregg Hartung, executive director of Presbyterian Media Mission and a personal friend of Rogers’. “I’m not sure a ministry like Fred’s could be done within an institution.” If a church-Rogers partnership had come to fruition, the PCUSA might be known today as a trailblazer in TV evangelism.

On the other hand, the constraints of working within a church bureaucracy might have had a stifling effect on Rogers’ creativity. Or his programming might have been buried in a “religious ghetto,” reaching only a fraction of the people whose lives have been affected by watching “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

As it turns out, Rogers’ principle tie to the Presbyterian Church is his unusual ordination to the ministry. In 1962 Pittsburgh Presbytery ordained him with a charge to continue his work with children and families through the media. He has never served in the traditional role of pastor, but through television he brings his simple message of affirmation and acceptance to a “congregation” of millions.

“I’ve seen it happen so often – what I present in faith somehow nourishes the viewer,” Rogers says. Before taping a TV show, he always prays to God: “Let some word that is said be yours.” He firmly believes in “holy ground,” which he describes as “the space between the person who is offering his or her best and how the Holy Spirit can translate that to help another person in need.”

Presbyterian Historical Society releases rare early video of Fred Rogers’ “Sunday on the Children’s Corner”

PHILADELPHIA (PHS) The Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) has recently transferred to digital video a rare 16mm print of Sunday on the Children’s Corner, the first television program to feature the piano-playing and puppeteering of Presbyterian minister Fred Rogers, supporting his creative partner, Josie Carey. Carey was born Josephine Vicari on August 20, 1930, in Pittsburgh.

Happy birthday to Fred and 50 years of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on PBS!

 

 

 


All the World is Green today!

Over the years there has been much saddness when it comes to Ireland!

We reflect on some Irish stores that shared the sadness that always had an underlining hope that through efforts by the Church and people in their communities they would find peace.

Listen to Father Tom a Catholic Priest who shares about the struggle of getting jobs for folks that would be a major step towards peace for this island country.

Wilford Orr shares about the Protestant struggle and finding a way for common purpose and mutual understanding in Ireland.

John tells of a special community “Corrymeela ” that brings people from various traditions in Ireland and around the world together to find ways for peace where there is heartache and disagreement.

Finally, a Pittsburgh icon, Art Rooney Sr. who’s son Dan served as Ambassador to Ireland on Passages. Art tells about how he as one of the founding owners of the NFL/Pittsburgh Steelers’ was humble guy and an everyday person that was a good example for his family, friends, and the Pittsburgh community.

Irish stories of hope and faith this St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


International Day of Women Stories

International Women’s Day is annually held on March 8 to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.

Domestic violence happens all to often , women are threatened and attacked violently.

Beth shares her story ….

International Women’s Day events is when various women, including political, community, and business leaders, as well as leading educators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and television personalities, are usually invited to speak at various events on the day. Such events may include seminars, conferences, luncheons, dinners or breakfasts. The messages given at these events often focus on various themes such as innovation, the portrayal of women in the media, or the importance of education and career opportunities.

Many students in schools and other educational settings participate in special lessons, debates or presentations about the importance of women in society, their influence, and issues that affect them. In some countries school children bring gifts to their female teachers and women receive small presents from friends or family members. Many workplaces make a special mention about International Women’s Day through internal newsletters or notices, or by handing out promotional material focusing on the day.

Holly Dunn tells about her sheltered up-bringing and the family values she appreciates.  Listen to her story …

Holly tells of a dark time that took her to the edge of considering suicide. Listen to this part of her story ….

Helen is a woman who creatively deals with being blind and needs a system to simply know where daily things are to live life! Listen to her story now ….

Mavis  an elder of the tribe talking about her legacy as a woman serving others in being an International labor leader who was ahead of her time in a male dominated field. Listen to Mavis Story ….

Nona a retired professor finds a way to serve the poor in her native Philippines. Listen to her story on Passages.

We pray for the women in our lives who make a difference each and everyday!